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Wanted: JavaScript Book Recommendations

jamesthomson profile image James Thomson ・1 min read

I consider myself to have a pretty decent knowledge of JavaScript, but I know there's ALWAYS more to learn. I'm looking for some paperback book recommendations to take my knowledge to the next level, really get into the intricacies of JS - and boy are there many!

So, what are your must read JavaScript book recommendations?

Edit: Thanks all for the recommendations, looks like I have some reading to do!


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A few that come to mind:


Thanks for the suggestions. Eloquent Javascript keeps popping up, so I may have to take that as a sign and grab a copy, also the YDKJS series.


I second the “you don’t know JS” series. I got it on kindle a couple of years ago.



I would even throw in the free version of "JavaScript Grammar" dont know where to find it free though... lots of people have PDFs


Looks like the author will give you a free copy if you give him a Tweet: javascriptgrammar.com/

There you go then 😁😁😆


Composing Software
An Exploration of Functional Programming and Object Composition in JavaScript
Eric Elliott

This book is for sale at leanpub.com/composingsoftware


This looks excellent. Definitely going to grab a copy! Thanks for the suggestion


This book was my transition point towards confidence and competence, to a much greater degree than any other singular resource.


JavaScript Grammar


I regard it as one of the most beautiful books about programming ever written. A good example of "show don't say".

I also think it's very good for JavaScript developers, as it makes you think about functions - really forces you to understand what can be achieved with them. It changed the way I program.


I recommend secrets of the JavaScript ninja. It's a difficult read but I learned the most from this


I actually just stumbled across this last night myself as well. Looks like a solid read!


Give it a read if you can, it's really good. By tinkering with examples from the book you can learn and understand heaps of js concepts


For anyone interested in functional programming, I've stumbled across JavaScript Allongé, the "Six" Edition which has peaked my interested. Sadly there's no paperback, but it looks great.


Need Book for Algorithems?


I'm not sure yet, but suggestions are most welcome :)


A good resource to learn JavaScript. No matter what type of learner you are, you will find your medium. github.com/micromata/awesome-javas...


Rediscovering Javascript was a good read last year. Currently reading Javascript Grammar but looks like someone else already mentioned that one.


Great recommendations. Thanks for sharing.