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Posted 26 Jan 2014

Book Review: Learning JavaScriptMVC

, 26 Jan 2014 CPOL
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Review of the Book "Learning JavaScriptMVC"

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Introduction

Today, I am going to review a book which has been published by Packt Publishing.

The book is learning JavaScriptMVC.

The author of this book is Wojciech Bednarski.

Learning JavaScriptMVC

Table of Contents

Learning JavaScriptMVC

What You Will Learn From This Book

  • Install JavaScriptMVC in three different ways, including installing using Vagrant and Chef
  • Document your JavaScript codebase and generate Searchable API documentation
  • Test your codebase and application as well as learn how to integrate tests with the Continuous Integration Tool, Jenkins

In Detail

  • JavaScriptMVC is a client-Side, JavaScript Framework that builds maintainable, error-free, lightweight applications as quickly as possible.
  • As it does not depend on Server Components, it can be combined with any web service Interface and Server-Side Language.
  • "Learning JavaScriptMVC" will guide you through all the Framework Aspects and show you how to build small- to mid-size well-structured and documented Client-Side applications. You will love to work on it.
  • This book starts from JavaScriptMVC Installation and all its components are explained with practical examples.
  • It finishes with an example of building a web application.
  • You will learn what the JavaScriptMVC framework is, how to install it, and how to use it efficiently.
  • This book will guide you on how to build a sample application from scratch, test its codebase using unit testing, as well as test the whole application using functional testing, document it, and deploy the same.
  • After reading "Learning JavaScriptMVC", you will learn how to install the framework and create a well-structured, documented and maintainable client-side application.

Who This Book Is For

  • This book is for anyone who is interested in developing small- and mid-size web applications with the JavaScriptMVC framework, which is based on the most popular JavaScript library – jquery.
  • Readers should be familiar with JavaScript, browser APIs, jquery, HTML5, and CSS.

Pros

  • I read this book in 3 days. Before reading this book, I didn't have any prior experience about the JavaScriptMVC framework. But after reading this book, now I feel like I can easily embark on my next project with JavaScriptMVC framework. This book gave me that kind of confidence. Many thanks to the author.
  • This is a very concise book (only 97 pages), is directly targeted to the most required materials about the JavaScriptMVC framework.
  • The way the author has explained the code snippets are really awesome. It's very clear and we can follow it even without practically involving with the code base because it contains all the relevant images, output of the source code and more...
  • In each and every chapter, there are a number of useful external links for obtaining additional knowledge where if we would like to. It's really helped for the get in-depth knowledge of the desired areas.
  • The source code that comes with this book has a read me file in each and every chapter's folder and it explains how to use the code samples properly which is really good.

Cons

  • It's better if the source code of this book can be put on jsfiddle. Then readers can easily change things and do live testing. It'll give a huge value for this book. especially for ebook readers.
  • I realized there are places where it calls for more explanation about the code snippets. But the author has not done that.
  • The other issue that I have about this book is with the formatting of the code snippets. Currently it's in black and white (mono) way. It should require as color syntax code for better reading experience (at least for the ebook).

Errata

  • I have seen a number of URLs which are wrongly posted.
  • I just picked one of them here.
    Wrong: http://javascriptmvc.com/docs.html#!FuncUnit
    Correct: http://javascriptmvc.com/docs/FuncUnit.html

References

Conclusion

  • I would like to recommend this book for all the novice and intermediate developers, who are willing to learn JavaScriptMVC framework.
  • I have to put in a special thanks to Packt publishers, who gave me this opportunity to review this book. Packt publishers are doing an outstanding job in the software developer world by publishing this kind of up-to-date books in very specific areas. Keep up the good work.
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed the reading of this book and I hope you will feel the same too.
  • Thanks to the author wojciech as well for writing this kind of instant category book. Keep up the good work.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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About the Author

Sampath Lokuge
Software Developer (Senior) Freelancer
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Sampath Lokuge holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

He possesses over 8 years of experience in constructing web applications using Microsoft Technologies including ASP.net MVC, C#, SQL Server, Web API, Entity Framework and also other web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3,jQuery and AngularJS.

Sampath has earned Microsoft certifications such as MCP, MCAD, MCSD and MCTS and very recently he has completed MS (Microsoft Specialist) for MVC 4 and MCSD (Windows Store Apps Using HTML5).

Besides that, he is an active blogger, writing about web and mobile development issues and promoting best practices.He also actively participates in online communities such as Code Project and StackOverflow.He himself is handling three communities, which are ASP.net MVC 5 With C# on Linkedin,Entity Framework 6 on G+ and Hybrid Mobile App with WinJS on Facebook.

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