Maintainable JavaScript by Nicholas C. Zakas; O’Reilly Media

TL;DR

It’s easy to blaze your own coding trail, perhaps particularly so with Javascript. This book provides a comprehensive glimpse into the workflow and practices of an experienced Javascript developer. It’s a good read whether you’re blazing your own trail or trying to clear one for a group.

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Maintainable Javascript provides a useful mix of intermediate and advanced Javascript concepts and practices based on widely accepted theory and grounded in the author’s real world experience.

The book is broken into 3 sections.

  1. Style Guidelines
  2. Programming Practices
  3. Automation

Style Guidelines

A nice survey of style guidelines found in several libraries and well-known approaches to coding Javascript including JSLint and JSHint.

Programming Practices

Presents a great deal of information from both the author’s experience and general theory. I learned something even in the areas in which I was already familiar.

Automation

Convincing arguments for automation with some examples, but no mention of Codekit or LiveReload.

Maintainable Javascript reads like a worthy sequel to Douglas Crockford’s Javascript: The Good Parts.

I reviewed this book as an ePub on the iPad for O’Reilly’s Blogger Review Program.

I review for the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program

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