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Chapter 1 – Introduction to JavaScript

JavaScript is the premier client-side scripting language used today on the Web. It's widely used in tasks ranging from the validation of form data to the creation of complex user interfaces. Yet the language has capabilities that many of its users have yet to discover. JavaScript can be used to manipulate the very markup in the documents in which it is contained. As more developers discover its true power, JavaScript is becoming a first class client-side Web technology, ranking alongside (X)HTML, CSS, and XML. As such, it will be a language that any Web designer would be remiss not to master. This chapter serves as a brief introduction to the language and how it is included in Web pages.

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