December 15, 2016

5 Awesome Free Books for JavaScript Developers

By Jscrambler | 5 min read

5 Awesome Free Books for JavaScript Developers

In this post, we will show you some useful and interesting ebooks to learn JavaScript and Node.js, and the coolest thing is, you don't need to spend your money to buy it because all books are open-source and free for reading!

1) Eloquent JavaScript Second Edition


This is a book about JavaScript, programming, and the wonders of the digital. The book contains roughly three parts. The first eleven chapters discuss the JavaScript language itself. The next eight chapters are about web browsers and the way JavaScript is used to program them. Finally, two chapters are devoted to Node.js, another environment to program JavaScript in. Throughout the book, there are five project chapters, which describe larger example programs to give you a taste of real programming. In order of appearance, we will work through building an artificial life simulation, a programming language, a platform game, a paint program and a dynamic website.

What you'll learn?

  • Introduction to JavaScript
  • Values, Types, and Operators
  • Program Structure
  • Basic Data Structures: Objects and Arrays
  • Functions and Higher-order Functions
  • The Secret Life of Objects
  • Bugs and Error Handling
  • Using Regular Expressions in JavaScript
  • Modules
  • JavaScript and the Browser
  • The Document Object Model
  • Handling Events
  • Drawing on Canvas
  • HTTP protocols
  • Forms and Form Fields
  • Basics of JavaScript into Node.js

Conclusion: It's a nice book for beginners who know the basics of programming. In this book probably you will learn deeply about the JavaScript language, about how to manipulate the HTML DOM (Document Object Model) using JavaScript, about drawing graphical objects using Canvas, how to handle errors, bugs and events, how the HTTP protocols works using Ajax and how to play with JavaScript under the Node.js environment.

Author: Marijn Haverbeke

2) Understanding ECMAScript 6


This book is a guide for the transition between ECMAScript 5 and 6. It is not specific to any JavaScript environment, so it is equally useful to web developers in general it is for Node.js developers.

What you'll learn:

  • What's changes in the language between ECMAScript 5 and ECMAScript 6.
  • How to work with the new class syntax
  • Iterators and Generators
  • How and when to use arrow functions instead regular functions
  • How to store data using Sets, Maps, and more
  • Inheriting from native types
  • Work using Promises for asynchronous programming
  • How to organize code in modules

Conclusion: This is a book for programmers who wanna upgrade their JavaScript's knowledge. The basics of JavaScript are required to understand this book. All content is related with the new JavaScript implementation, the ECMAScript 6 (aka ES6 or ES2015). This book will guide you to migrate to this new implementation, showing the differences between the old ES5 and the new ES6 features.

Author: Nicholas C. Zakas

3) Learning JavaScript Design Patterns


In this book we will explore how to apply both classical and modern design patterns to the JavaScript programming language. It's targeted for professional developers wishing to improve their knowledge of design patterns and how they can be applied to the JavaScript. Some of the concepts covered (closures, prototypal inheritance) will assume a level of basic prior knowledge and understanding. If you are interested to read further about these topics, a list of suggested titles is provided for convenience. If you would like to learn how to write beautiful, structured and organized code, we believe this is the book for you.

What you'll learn?

  • Introduction to Design Patterns
  • JavaScript Anti-Patterns
  • JavaScript Design Patterns
  • JavaScript MV* Patterns
  • Modular JS Design Patterns
  • jQuery Design Patterns

Conclusion: This is a must-have book for all JavaScript developers! This book is one of the best free books for JavaScript, the author - Addy Osmani - explain deeply about anti-patterns and design patterns. All content will teach you how to code better and how to code using the right pattern for the problem you want to solve. The basics of JavaScript are required for well understanding of this book.

Author: Addy Osmani

4) Node.js Succinctly


Node.js is a wildly popular platform for writing web applications that has revolutionized web development in many ways, enjoying support across the open source community as well as industry. With Node.js Succinctly, you will learn the basics of non-blocking I/O, the event loop, modules, and the Node.js runtime environment. From there, you will dive into building practical solutions that interact with filesystems and streams, access databases, handle web server message queuing, and more.

What you'll learn?

  • The Node.js Ecosystem
  • How to use Filesystem and Streams
  • Building Web Applications
  • Real-Time Apps with WebSocket
  • How to integrate a database
  • Messaging with RabbitMQ
  • Build and Testing tools

Conclusion: If you wanna improve your JavaScript's skills working on a backend platform, the Node.js will be a good choice and this book will teach you how to work under Node.js runtime environment, how to build web applications with realtime interactions via HTTP & WebSocket protocols, how to send messages using RabbitMQ and how to work with useful tools for build and testing your server-side code.

Author: Emanuele DelBono

5) Module Patterns


The first short book of this series is a brief introduction that sets the foundation of the next books to come. It shows what you can do with JavaScript and the Node module system to create and consume different types of modules: Singletons, Closure-based and prototype-based pseudo-classes, facades and others.

What you'll learn?

  • Introduction to Modules
  • How to return the exported value
  • Working with modules in the browser
  • Module registry
  • Transitive module loading
  • Node.js module system
  • Types of Modules

Conclusion: This book requires, at least, the intermediate knowledge about JavaScript and Design Patterns. Due to the fact that you will learn deeply, the concepts about the Module Patterns and how to work with the main module's systems for backend via Node.js and frontend environments.

Author: Pedro Teixeira


If you wanna find for more free books, just take a look in this site DevFreeBooks. Please note that not all books are free for downloading, in this case you can read it online for free.

Do you know another cool and free book for JavaScript? Let us know!

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