The Little Book on CoffeeScript by Alex MacCaw – O’Reilly Media review November 11th, 2012 by Rick Salsa, No Comments

Coffeescript is all the rage with web developers nowadays and for good reason. If you are wanting to pick up coffeescript and are looking for something more than the overview at coffeescript.org, then look no further than The Little Book on CoffeeScript by Alex MacCaw from O’Reilly Media. At only 62 pages, it is a quick read for anyone with an understanding of JavaScript or programming in general.

Chapters 2 and 3 get you up and running, while chapter 4 talks about how to compile your coffeescript code. The example on how to get a coffeescript application up and running. The author also highlights some useful projects for developing your applications like Backbone, Spine and Stitch.

What I really enjoyed was chapter 5 which takes on a Good Parts of JavaScript talk about things in JavaScript and can trip up newer developers, but also looks at some of the elegant ways that coffeescript fixes the bad parts.

Overall I found The Little Book on CoffeeScript to be a good read. I was able to get through it quickly and using coffeescript in my latest project quickly. I’ve also found myself using it as a quick reference book as well. Don’t wait and longer to buy it:  http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920024309.do

 

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