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Over the weekend I sat down with another book in the Succinctly series.   I have wanted to learn more about Knockout.js for a while now.

 

I approached this book knowing very little about Knockout.js, but I do know a fair amount about JavaScript, jQuery, etc.   Turns out I am their target audience.

 

If you need a book that will introduce and explain JavaScript.    This is not the book for you.

If you need a book that will explain how AJAX works.   This is not the book for you.

If you need a book that will explain how to use HTML or CSS.   This is not the book for you.

If you are already familiar with these concepts but want to quickly get up to speed on Knockout.js, this is the book for you.  

 

The book is very well structured.   It flows nicely from concept to concept with each concept building on the previous one in a nice logical progression.    The author does a good job of isolating details that are not relevant to the core concepts being discussed.    He briefly mentions that any server side language can be used for responding to AJAX calls without getting bogged down with any details on how.   He briefly mentions that any tool or framework can be used to render the html and JavaScript without getting bogged down in the details of how or why.    

It doesn’t matter whether you are using ASP.Net, MVC, JSP, PHP, PERL, Ruby, etc.    The book stays true to its core intention of explain Knockout.js.

 

Having read this book and worked my way through the various sample pages he presents, I am ready to try my hand at a little Knockout.js on my own.    Also like the other Succinctly books that I have looked at, this will easily be a handy quick reference after the fact.

 

If you already know Knockout.js still it check it out.   I would love to hear your perspective.   If you are using Knockout.js, I would love to hear what you are doing.    Share your experiences in the comments.

Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 8:29 AM Book Reviews | Back to top


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