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1.4. Scripts on the Web

JavaScript is a truly powerful tool. If you're a die-hard alpha nerd who likes to program your TiVo to talk to your BlackBerry, you'll enjoy long nights of JavaScript coding. However, if you don't like to lie awake at night wondering what var howMany = (trueTop>1?"s" : ""); really means, you'll probably be happier letting someone else do the heavy lifting.

If you fall into the nonprogrammer camp, this book has some very good news. The Web is flooded with free JavaScript. In fact, it's easier to find free scripts on the Web than free clip art, style sheets, or MIDI music. Most of the time, these scripts include step-by-step instructions that explain where to put the functions, what elements to use in your page, and how to hook your elements up to functions using events.


  

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