Maintainable JavaScript by Nicholas C. Zakas

Maintainable JavaScript by Nicholas C. Zakas

Maintainable JavaScript by Nicholas C. Zakas

I read this book using Safari Books Online using various laptops and an iPad.

This is an amazing book.

Following a style guide while programming is common in many languages, but for me it is a new idea in JavaScript. Reading Douglas Crockford’s Style Guide can teach you a lot, but Maintainable JavaScript teaches you not only the how, but also the why.

This book does focus on following a style guide but it also includes how to set-up and use a build system with your JavaScript. I can’t wait to start putting that information to use. As a front-end developer I have not used a build system.

Nicholas also has a great presentation available that covers many of the topics in the book on SlideShare at

From the publisher:

You may have definite ideas about writing code when working alone, but team development requires that everyone use the same approach. With the JavaScript practices in this book—including code style, programming tips, and automation—you’ll learn how to write maintainable code that other team members can easily understand, adapt, and extend. Author Nicholas Zakas assembled this collection of best practices as a front-end tech leader at Yahoo!, after completing his own journey from solo hacker to team player.

I rate this book a 10 out of 10 and recommend it to anyone who has moved beyond beginner JavaScript.

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