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Single Page Web Applications Book Review

Single Page Web Applications
JavaScript end-to-end
Michael S. Mikowski and Josh C. Powell

Set those frameworks aside – for the moment – and roll up your sleeves, Single Page Web Applications, by Michael Mikowksi and Josh Powell is the equivalent of eating your spinach. With nothing but javascript, jQuery and a couple plug-ins, and a database, they take you step by step through the process of building a out a javascript end-to-end single page chat application.

Coming from a class based coding language, I had this down in spades. But how to build complex apps in a proto-type functional coding language like Javascript without diving into a world a of pain?

The authors employ a repeating MVC pattern for architecting their code. If you’ve ever built anything of complexity – nothing new there. But if not, this is a good place to grok that concept.

But it’s the particulars of Javascript that of interest of course. Before they dive in the deep end – there are some javascript uniqueness to to tackle. I think I can say, that after reading this book, I finally, truly get closure.

In this book you learn to build feature modules – with well defined APIs and strong isolation. They start simple and add complexity and are careful to explain their reasoning all they way through.

Only once in this book did a hit a wall and that was setting up the MongoDb database on a mac.  I posted my issue on the discussion forum and got a quick response from the author.

I’m re-reading this book so that I can truly grok the concepts and techniques – and thereby sketch out and build well defined and scoped feature modules of any sort – a day planner, a slide show, a video player – that can be popped into the larger application with minimum fuss.

Buy this book. Read it – read it again – and jump on the discussion forum.