6 JavaScript books you should know

If there was ever the potential for a giant book list it’s one based on our favorite Javascript books. But, this list is short and easy to digest. Maybe it will help you get started, gently. Plus, check out three of our top Javascript articles with even more books, resources, and tips.

6 JavaScript books you should know

3D Game Programming for Kids

by Chris Strom

I consider this to be one of the best introduction to programming books let alone introduction to JavaScript. It jumps right in and gets to something fun and useful right away. It shows programming concepts as you use or need them. Even as a huge Perl zealot I recommend this as an intro book over my beloved Learning Perl.

D3.js in Action

by Elijah Meeks

There is a lot of useful text and many examples that explain how to use D3.js, which is a fine data visualization tool. (Recommendation by Chris Hermansen)

Effective JavaScript

by David Herman

This book was a good read for me when I got started with JavaScript; I was coming from the C++ world. If you start with JavaScript and want to learn nifty details like what the difference is between == and ===, this book can help you make your way. (Recommendation by 
Manuel Dewald)

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide

by David Flanagan

In its 6th edition, this definitive guide lives up to its title.  This book has been around for more than a decade, is comprehensive, and it is and well organized. If you pick only one JavaScript book to add to your library, this is the one. (Recommendation by Tom Manor)

JQuery in Action

by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz

JQuery UI in Action

by TJ VanToll

Both of these books are solid introductions to jQuery and jQuery UI, which is a great and widely-used JavaScript framework. (Recommendation by Chris Hermansen)

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