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Eloquent JavaScript is an interactive, free JavaScript book
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If you do any Web development work, JavaScript is something you really have to know. It makes the difference between a website that feels like it was built in 1996 and the current crop of slick, modern sites that behave more like online applications than static pages of information.

JavaScript isn't a difficult language, and moreover, it's extremely common. Both of these reasons account for the insane amount of online tutorials, video courses, and books on the subject. Many of them are quite small, badly written, and seem as though they were created just to drive page views. None of this can be said about Eloquent JavaScript.

It's an interactive textbook. It's completely free and very comprehensive. It has its own built-in JavaScript console, which lets you practice as you go along. Yes -- I know that Firefox has its own JavaScript console. That fact aside, the book's built-in console lets you easily copy and run examples (or just run them without copying, right from the text).

Each example builds on the previous one, literally; one example can set a variable, and the next one would need it. So, when you go through a chapter, you're supposed to run the examples one by one.

The text feels a bit on the dry side, but maybe that's inevitable. As it is, this is still one of the most useful JavaScript resources I've come across recently. If you know of anything better, please tell me in the comments. If it's something I can take for a spin, I might even cover it.

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may 2010 by 9diov
The Bookworm's Guide to the Lifehacker Galaxy [Books]
It may not have the words "DON'T PANIC" inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover, but our Bookworm's Guide to the Lifehacker Galaxy is a compilation of some of our favorite book related hacks, projects, and tricks.
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What to Read... What to Read...
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On some days it's tough to decide what to read. For the younger ones, it's easy to find reading lists, but what about the rest of us?
There's WhichBook, which makes suggestions based on what you're in the mood for. Do you want a disturbing yet down-to-earth-story? Or something short and unusual? Just move a series of sliders around and WhichBook does the rest.
And sure, you can discover books based on ones you've just read and loved, but then again, you can try LibraryThing's Unsuggester to get book recommendations based on what you've disliked.
Get Your Reading Material for Few or Zero Dollars
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Now that you've figured out what to read, it's time to get your book. By taking advantage of the fact that most booksellers have their new coupons and deals come out on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can save quite a few pennies. You can just wait until Thursday to grab a bargain after comparing the offers.
But what if you're not in the mood to run out to a store and would be satisfied with an e-book? Project Gutenberg is always great for those, especially with their Top 100 Books section. Personally, I download a book regularly and keep an open window to switch to when I need a brief break from moderating the comments. (Alice in Wonderland has my attention today, if you're curious.)
If you need some company on the commute or would rather listen to your books than read, check out LibriVox, which has a collection of public domain books read by volunteers.
And on those days when you really, really, really need to get an assignment done an hour from now and you've only read 15 pages of the book? Don't panic. WikiSummaries has you covered with free, collaborative CliffsNotes-style summaries.
On the other hand, if you just want to do some deal hunting, we've also rounded up the best places to save money on textbooks.
DIY Through and Through
You're the DIY type and want to make your own book rather than buying one? No worries; you've got plenty of options, whether you want to print public domain books or the novel you wrote (heck, you can even turn your blog into a book).
Go nuts and bind your own books (in as little as five minutes even) or reuse that old office paper for your DIY masterpiece.

Turn Old Books Into Furniture, Clocks, and Hiding Places
It can be tough to part with old books. I once worked in a bookstore, and every time an order came from the corporate office to toss out certain books, I got a little bit teary-eyed. But if you're willing to sacrifice the occasional hardback, we've featured plenty of ways to reuse old books—such as turning them into a bar (though you'll need about 700 or so books for that). If you want to go a step further, you could even deck out that book bar with some invisible book speakers and extra book furniture (and even vases).
If you've only got one or two books to send to their doom, give them new life as clocks, iPod carriers, or secret hiding places.
Repair Your Old and Beloved Books
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Who are we kidding, though, some books are just way too special to send to the repurposing bin. For those books that have a special meaning for you, consider repairing them once they hit old age.
DIY Book Storage and Shelving Solutions
Now that you've tossed out the old books, given them new life, or turned them into something new, you may as well make the piles of books you've got left look more appealing. Try something like this DIY invisible book shelf, for example. (Which even looks great under staircases!) For a quick and dirty solution, you could also turn a wire hanger into a book or magazine rack.
If you'd rather keep your books on a regular shelf instead of lining the walls, try making some DIY CD-case bookends. They're slim, tidy, and cheap.
Get Your Ducks Books In a Row
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Keeping track of your favorite reads can get difficult quickly. Thankfully applications such as Books (Mac OS X only), Tellico (Linux only) or BookBump are there to help. All three are intuitive and so simple to use that you could run your own library.
Oh, and if you decide to free your books from the confines of your home, you can still keep track of them with BookCrossing.
Read Like a True Lifehacker
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Everything's organized on your shelves, but there's still the matter of improving how you actually read these things. First step: Maybe you want to learn to double your reading speed—or if time's an issue but you don't want to speed up your reading, take the lazy route by finding quick reads.
While you're reading, you can keep your place(s) with a multi-threaded bookmark (if you're looking for something that looks less kinky, try DIY magnetic bookmarks).
If you're the studious type, take some time to learn how to mark up a book and even to enjoy books a bit above your reading level.
Your Turn Did we miss any of your favorite book hacks and tricks? Do you have a particularly stunning library to show off? Take full advantage of our comments and include some pictures to share with your fellow bibliophiles.
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july 2009 by 9diov

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