Best JavaScript Book Covers: Photo Gallery

Here’s a nice lil’ photo gallery of the best JavaScript book covers for your viewing pleasure.

This is no ordinary gallery. (cue Aladdin voice) It can be used for JavaScript meditation to make you a coding wizard, or even better – coding guru. And we all know employers are looking for JavaScript programmers with wizard-ly guru skills!

Each photo here represents a classic in the world of JavaScript books.

There are hundreds of JavaScript books out there.

There are also millions of blog posts at this point.

But there are only a few that pass the test!

Sadly, most written materials and videos are a lot of “hot air” – fluff that’s not helpful. Worse, the code examples are often filled with errors. But those are only the beginning of the problems with most programming books. Readers also have to deal with outdated material. . .Or books that don’t cover the latest techniques and best practices when the author claims it’s modern.

That said, not every classic JS book contains the latest version of ECMAScript.

In fact, one of the best JavaScript books featured throughout this site – A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript by Mark Myers – doesn’t contain any ES6 or higher! And it’s still an excellent resource. Reason being, it doesn’t make any promises beyond teaching you programming basics using JS. It’s probably the best book for new developers out there.

Coming in at second place for code newbies is Jon Duckett’s JavaScript & jQuery. It’s a beautifully designed book and lengthy too, so you’re getting your money’s worth.

If you’re an experienced programmer but trying to learn the intricacies of the language, you’ll want to try something like Eloquent JavaScript.

That one not only shows you the “weird parts” of the language but also dives into ES6 and other more modern implementations.

The other books that may be of interest to both newbies and experienced developers are by Kyle Simpson.

He is the author of the You Don’t Know JavaScript book series.

ALL of those books are great, and explain things in manageable chunks. Each book is pretty short, almost like a small magazine. But don’t be fooled, they are compactly filled with JavaScript nuggets. Kyle is truly a JS guru and the set of books is worth the investment. Your programming bookshelf will thank you later!

JavaScript: The Good Parts is also for a more advanced audience.

Definitely not a “day 1” book, but still good for reference if you’re a newbie.

However, it’s never too early to get started. You can always pick up the book, tuck it away and get to it when you’re ready.

Buy Eloquent JavaScript

Buy A Smarter Way to Learn JavaScript

Buy JavaScript & jQuery

Buy You Don’t Know JavaScript Series

Buy JavaScript: The Good Parts

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