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JavaScript: The Definitive Guide

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Preface

Contents:
Conventions Used in This Book
Request for Comments
Finding Examples Online
Acknowledgments

In recent months, the pace of technical innovation has shot through the roof. It's been said that the Internet has turned "man-months" into "web-weeks." It's hard to keep up!

When Netscape released a final version of Navigator 2.0, I imagined that JavaScript would finally be stable, and that the time was ripe for a book documenting it. Soon after I started writing, a beta release of Netscape 3.0 was announced. It seems like I've been playing catch-up ever since. In order to keep up with this rapidly evolving language, we printed a "beta edition" of this book which documented the final beta release of Navigator 3.0.

With the beta edition released, I was able to catch my breath and really document JavaScript the way it needed to be documented. This edition is far superior to the last. It is over one hundred pages longer and contains several new chapters, many practical new examples, far fewer errors, and dramatically improved coverage of cookies, the Image object, LiveConnect, and other topics.

Fortunately (for my sanity), this edition of the book goes to print before the first beta version of Navigator 4.0, a.k.a. Communicator, is released. The word is that there will be a lot of powerful and interesting new JavaScript features in Navigator 4.0, and you can be sure that we'll update this book to cover them when the final version of 4.0 comes out. In the meantime, I hope you'll agree that this book is truly the definitive guide to JavaScript.

Conventions Used in This Book

I use the following formatting conventions in this book:


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