Give a DOM about DOM Scripting? Get this book.

First, my apologies for that corny headline, but it’s for a great book. Last week I finally got around to reading DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model by Jeremy Keith. I bought it quite a while ago and left it sit in my book pile. That’s too bad because I could have used the stuff I learned from the book in making SuperGeekery!

What’s DOM Scripting you ask? Well, DOM stands for the Document Object Model, a standard that web sites are built upon. And, as you might expect, scripting is writing code that works within the DOM. Basically, DOM Scripting lets you write JavaScript that makes cool, interactive web pages.

Jeremy Keith does a wonderful job making a pretty complex topic easily understood and his sample code will probably make its way into many future projects. But beyond giving the reader mere code though, his examples reveal the possibilities of DOM Scripting. This book is probably the best example I’ve ever read of making a complex coding task easy to understand.

Of course, the book has a site that you might want to check out. There is a sample chapter there for you to read. One really cool freebie that shouldn’t be overlooked is the complete reference section of the DOM Scripting book for your iPod. Be sure to check it out.

I’ve also just picked up his follow-up book, Bulletproof Ajax. I’ll let you know how I like it. I’m about 30 pages in right now and it’s living up to my expectations already.

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