There has to be a saner way to write javascript.

At some point, this all became a mess.

Collaboration and maintenance is nearly impossible because only the "JavaScript rock star" who wrote the 3,000 line file understands how anything works.

Adding features sounds frightening because the whole app's a pile of fragility.

Knock one bug off and three more always show up.

What if there was a better way?

What if you could eliminate 3,000 line JavaScript files, nasty state bugs and that nagging feeling of oh-please-don't-touch-it fragility?

What if you could make your team's communication and code collaboration better while shipping higher quality software at an increasing rate?

And what if you could do all this while investing in software skills that aren't tied to the anchor of a here-today-irrelevant-tomorrow framework?


human javascript

Practical patterns for simple but powerful JavaScript apps

And now a word from the author, Henrik Joreteg:


Required reading for every JavaScript Developer.

Sven Lito@svenlito

It's like the Holy Grail—an answer to my search for a complete picture for how to develop stuff practically.

David Dias@daviddias

The best book you can buy right now to get a grip on frontend JavaScript.

Jan Lehnardt@janl

Human Javascript is one of these books I would have loved to have read two years ago. Great book!

Norman Rzepka@normanrz

An excerpt from Jan Lehnardt's foreword:

I read the draft in one sitting, took lots of notes and at the end of it, this whole space of the frontend world that wasn’t accessible to me, became clearer.

I saw the necessity for more complex MVC frameworks on the client than I had experience with. I started to understand why structuring your code in certain ways makes it more robust in the face of having multiple people work on it. The book managed to illuminate well known concepts in the unfamiliar frontend territory. Human JavaScript made frontend development accessible to me.

Truly inspired again I went on and built a small side project. It isn’t much, but it makes me excited about building more web apps.

Human JavaScript is the collected wisdom of the team at &yet, where Henrik works, and all the blood and sweat that goes into their excellent client projects, and their own products. It couldn’t come from a better group of people. They care about the right technology as much as teaching it. They take it upon themselves to fill the gaps of missing canon for web development.

I just can’t wait to see what the people they inspire come up with.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

— Jan Lehnardt
Berlin, September 27th 2013

Jan is an Open Source Software developer from Berlin, Germany. He is the Vice President of Apache CouchDB, the database that replicates. He’s the co-curator of JSConf EU, a partner at The Node Firm and his one famous JavaScript project is mustache.js. He currently works on, an open source noBackend solution that aims to do for frontend development what Rails did for the backend: make all the tedious pain go way, and hide it behind an intuitive JavaScript API.

Here's what you'll learn:

You'll discover a better way of thinking about advanced JavaScript application development.

You'll gain a strong foundation for building amazing web app experiences in a logical way.

You'll understand the philosophy behind how to make decisions with your app structure.

No magic frameworks. No monolithic toolkits. You're going to work with proper, real-life JavaScript in a way you'll understand, and with explanations that help you learn how to make great choices as you build your apps.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jan Lehnardt

Ch 1 – Introduction

Ch 2 – Client or server? Go big or go home.

Ch 3 – Writing code for humans.

Ch 4 – No more clientside spaghetti. Organizing your code.

Ch 5 – Using Events – Modules talking to modules

Ch 6 – Models

Ch 7 – Views and the DOM

Ch 8 – Handling templates

Ch 9 – Clientside Routing

Ch 10 – 3... 2... 1... Blastoff!

Ch 11 – Testing and QA that doesn't suck (so your app won't)

Ch 12 – Settings and configs

Ch 13 – Caveats/Gotchas

Ch 14 – A few closing thoughts

Here's what's included:

(100 user site license also available during checkout)

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