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Object-Oriented JavaScript - Second Edition

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Object-Oriented JavaScript - Second Edition

Overview of this book

JavaScript is the behavior, the third pillar in today's paradigm that looks at web pages as something that consists of clearly distinguishable parts: content (HTML), presentation (CSS) and behavior (JavaScript). Using JavaScript, you can create not only web pages but also desktop widgets, browser and application extensions, and other pieces of software. It's a pretty good deal: you learn one language and then code all kinds of different applications. While there's one chapter specifically dedicated to the web browser environment including DOM, Events and AJAX tutorials, the rest is applicable to the other environments Many web developers have tried coding or adopting some bits of JavaScript, but it is time to "man up" and learn the language properly because it is the language of the browser and is, virtually, everywhere. This book starts from zero, not assuming any prior JavaScript programming knowledge and takes you through all the in-depth and exciting futures hidden behind the facade. Once listed in the "nice to have" sections of job postings, these days the knowledge of JavaScript is a deciding factor when it comes to hiring web developers. After reading this book you'll be prepared to ace your JavaScript job interview and even impress with some bits that the interviewer maybe didn't know. You should read this book if you want to be able to take your JavaScript skills to a new level of sophistication.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Object-Oriented JavaScript Second Edition
Credits
About the Authors
About the Reviewer
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Built-in Functions
Regular Expressions
Index

Built-in objects


Earlier in this chapter, you came across the Object() constructor function. It's returned when you create objects with the object literal notation and access their constructor property. Object() is one of the built-in constructors; there are a few others, and in the rest of this chapter you'll see all of them.

The built-in objects can be divided into three groups:

  • Data wrapper objects: These are Object, Array, Function, Boolean, Number, and String. These objects correspond to the different data types in JavaScript. There is a data wrapper object for every different value returned by typeof (discussed in Chapter 2, Primitive Data Types, Arrays, Loops, and Conditions), with the exception of "undefined" and "null".

  • Utility objects: These are Math, Date, and RegExp, and can come in handy.

  • Error objects: These include the generic Error object as well as other more specific objects that can help your program recover its working state when something unexpected happens.

Only a handful...