Book Review: Dom Scripting
February 23, 2005
As the title suggest, this books teaches modern DOM scripting techniques.
What is DOM scripting?
Document Object Model
This essentially is just a ‘map’ of a web page’s structure – roughly speaking.
- Create dynamic menu’s.
- Show/hide parts of the page based on a mouse click or any other user action.
- Connect to the server in the background and load new content into the page without having to refresh the page – commonly called AJAX these days.
- Add new HTML or CSS to the page, on-the-fly.
What you need to know to read this book:
You need to be comfortable with HTML and CSS but you probably can get by without any programming experience. I say ‘probably’ because there are some points at the beginning where the basics MAY be a little unclear for some.
Should you get this book?
The book is very good and worth getting. The author has a clear and concise way of presenting the subject and I really enjoyed the read … not boring at all.
- Keeping behaviour separate from structure – Java nerds would call these ‘listeners’.
While learning the concepts of DOM scripting, you will gain a much greater understanding of the ‘framework’ of a web page … you will begin to understand things about HTML/XHTML and CSS that you could not otherwise.
So even you are not too keen on actually doing any DOM scripting, I still highly recommend this book for these reasons.