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By Marijn Haverbeke (490 pages)
- Functions – an introduction to code that a program can go through whenever it wants. They can play the role of pure functions, algorithms, indirections, abstractions, decisions, modules, continuations, data structures, and more
- Data structures: Objects and Arrays – at the same time as solving a few simple problems, this chapter discusses arrays and objects, and examines some related techniques
- Bugs and Error Handling – strict mode, testing, debugging, error propagation, exceptions are explored
- Functional Programming – produces abstraction through clever ways of combining functions
- Searching – goes through the solution to two problems, discussing some interesting algorithms and techniques along the way
- The Document Object Model
- Modularity – deals with the process of organizing programs
- The Document-Object Model
- Browser Events
- HTTP requests
The book has been translated into Bulgarian, Portuguese, and Russian.
This version is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-noncommercial license.
By Kyle Simpson (Up & Going – 88 pages, Scope & Closures – 98 pages, this & Object Prototypes – 174 pages, Types & Grammar – 198 pages, Async & Performance – 296 pages, ES6 & Beyond – 278 pages)
Up & Going teaches you:
- Essential programming building blocks, including operators, types, variables, conditionals, loops, and functions
Scope and Closures dives into trickier parts of the language.
- Go deeper into nested scope, a series of containers for variables and functions
- Explore function- and block-based scope, “hoisting”, and the patterns and benefits of scope-based hiding
this & Object Prototypes:
- Explore how the this binding points to objects based on how the function is called
- Look into the nature of JS objects and why you’d need to point to them
- Learn how developers use the mixin pattern to fake classes in JS
- Examine how JS’s prototype mechanism forms links between objects
- Learn how to move from class/inheritance design to behavior delegation
- Understand how the OLOO (objects-linked-to-other-objects) coding style naturally implements behavior delegation
Types & Grammar
- Understand why JavaSript’s unique array, string, and number characteristics may delight or confound you
- Learn how natives provide object wrappers around primitive values
- Dive into the coercion controversy—and learn why this feature is useful in many cases
Async & Performance
- Understand how callbacks let third parties control your program’s execution
- Use generators to express async flow in a sequential, synchronous-looking fashion
- Tackle program-level performance with Web Workers, SIMD, and asm.js
- Learn valuable resources and techniques for benchmarking and tuning your expressions and statements
ES6 & Beyond
- Learn new ES6 syntax that eases the pain points of common programming idioms
- Organize code with iterators, generators, modules, and classes
- Express async flow control with Promises combined with generators
- Use collections to work more efficiently with data in structured ways
- Leverage new API helpers, including Array, Object, Math, Number, and String
- Extend your program’s capabilities through meta programming
- Preview features likely coming to JS beyond ES6
The 6 books are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
By Cody Lindley (141 pages)
- Learn complex values, primitive values, scope, and inheritance
- Understand the importance of the head object
- Work with string, number, and Boolean objects and values
- Discover how to use the null value and the built-in math object
The author confirms the first edition of the book is under an open source license.
By Gerd Wagner (222 pages)
- Getting Started
- Integrity Constraints
- Constraint Validation in a Plain JS Front-End App
- Enumerations and Enumeration Attributes
- Implementing Enumeration Attributes in a Plain JS App
- Reference Properties and Unidirectional Associations
- Bidirectional Associations
- Part-Whole Associations
- Subtyping and Inheritance
- The Model-Based Development Framework mODELcLASSjs
- Constraint Validation with mODELcLASSjs
This book, along with any associated source code, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL).
By Nicolás Bevacqua (343 pages)
- ES6 Essentials
- Classes, Symbols, and Objects
- Iteration and Flow Control
- Leveraging ECMAScript Collections
- Managing Property Access with Proxies
- Built-in Improvements in ES6
- Practical Considerations
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Thanks. Do let me know the location of your post, when published.
How about Open Source books for PHP, Java and C#?
Yes. we will cover all the popular programming languages in this series. Open source C# books are pretty thin on the ground though.
You left out really really great ones:
Dr. Axel Rauschmayer: http://exploringjs.com/
Nicholas C. Zakas: https://leanpub.com/understandinges6/read/
They were deliberately omitted. I contacted Dr Axel Rauschmayer to ask if any of his books are released under an open source license. I am waiting for a reply. I don’t have license information for Nicholas Zakas’ book. The point of this series is to select the finest open-source programming books. Free to download without an open-source license doesn’t meet the requirement.
Good roundup. Please remove Practical ES6, it’s totally unacceptable for an open source book to want access to my Twitter feed. Outrageous!