by Peter Aitken
This book review is published in Developers Review
Web pages consist of static HTML code.
We can create interactive web pages by writing web server applications, but not everybody has an ISP or web server that supports (or allows) this ability.
This book teaches us the features of both scripting languages to create dynamic and interactive web pages (in fact "thin client" applications).
The book starts with a little introduction to explain the need for (and advantages of) client-side scripting languages, followed by a short introduction of HTML.
The book covers all possible expressions, operators, variables, statements, functions and objects, and we quickly learn nice techniques such as data-entry validation (on the client-side, remember?).
We also learn how to manipulate the browser and the contents (jump to other links, frames, etc) and how to respond to user actions and events.
Again, all VBScript statements, operators and procedures are covered, followed by an overview of objects and events.
The book is written in a way to allow us not only to learn the basics from it, but also to use it as reference material lateron.
Especially the list of built-in functions, procedures, events, etc. is very helpful, and so are the many example scripts that are ready to be put in our current static web pages.
The CD-ROM contains all sample scripts, of course, as well as a set of Web-related programs and utilities (more of them shareware).
I fully recommend this book to all Web Masters and Web Developers.
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