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Beginning Google Maps Mashups with Mapplets, KML, and GeoRSS: From Novice to Professional by Sterling Udell

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APPENDIX BA JavaScript Primer

The native language of the Google mapping APIs discussed in this book is JavaScript, so some basic knowledge of JavaScript is necessary to program the maps effectively. In this appendix, you'll find an introduction to JavaScript, both as an elementary reference for readers who are new to programming and as a guide for those whose experience is with other languages. Like many of its counterparts (including C++, Java, and PHP), JavaScript bases its syntax on the programming language C; if you have experience with another C-based language, JavaScript will look very familiar to you.

The official name of JavaScript is ECMAScript, named for the European Computer Manufacturers Association (Ecma), under whose auspices it ...

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