Best JavaScript books for beginners

JavaScript is very useful in web designing. It is prototype based scripting language that is dynamic and weakly typed. It supports various programming styles like object-oriented, functional and imperative. Learning JavaScript is fairly complicated if you don’t do it sequentially. Understand the overall operations it can do and how it does. Learning it in systematic and real manner also adds up advantage to your expertise.

Here are some books I reviewed that are best for beginners and can help you big time. Remember whenever you start a new thing make it small and keep it strong. This is what will help you in gaining full control over the language.

Here are some books.

JavaScript(TM) Step by Step

This is the ultimate book for beginners. You don’t have to be expert or well known about any programming language to read this book. This takes you on a ride starting from core and basic part of JavaScript. It has series of examples, tutorials and guides as well.

Beginning JavaScript and CSS Development with jQuery


Once you know little about JavaScript I recommend you to move to this book quickly. This has impressive knowledge sharing tutorials that guides you through installing and utilizing jQuery framework. jQuery framework with its syntax highlighting assistance tool will make your work way too simple. You don’t have to remember all the function names if you are using framework.

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition



This book is divided into three sections; though the centralized idea is core JavaScript. The first part is further sectioned into 22 chapters, teaching you all the JavaScript statements and syntax. This book also includes the server side JavaScripts, along with W3C DOM properties. This is covered in the third section of this book.

Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating Dynamic Websites 


If you are looking for so many things in one box, then this is one for you. This is one of the best guides that cover all the sections you have in your dynamic website. Loaded with examples this will surely make you a good website developer. There are some miracles this book can do. They are :

  • Understand PHP essentials and the basics of object-oriented programming
  • Master MySQL, from database structure to complex queries
  • Create web pages with PHP and MySQL by integrating forms and other HTML features
  • Learn about JavaScript, from functions and event handling to accessing the Document Object Model
  • Use libraries and packages, including the Smarty web template system, PEAR program repository, and the Yahoo! User Interface Library
  • Make Ajax calls and turn your website into a highly dynamic environment
  • Upload and manipulate files and images, validate user input, and secure your applications.

 Pro JavaScript Techniques

Finally comes the big fish. This is the book recommended by experts to the experts. This book addresses all the points above in detail – modern browser support (including information on Internet Explorer 7), Object-Oriented JavaScript, testing and debugging, Unobtrusive JavaScript techniques using DOM Scripting, Ajax, creating and using blocks of reusable code, and looking towards the future of JavaScript.

It backs up all the concepts with real world examples and full-blown case studies, and also includes several reference sections to allow developers to look up details quickly and easily.

Beginners in web development should check out our post “Best books to learn PHP” as it may interest you.