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Addy Osmani

This Londoner really knows what Web design is all about as he is a Developer Programs Engineer at the Google Chrome team. He declares himself as passionate about JavaScript’s world since he’s been working on it for a long time. He is also member of the jQuery core team where he debugs, helps building concepts for documentation and evangelizes about development. Addy has written several articles for Smashing Magazine, in addition to his own site; he provides tips and guides for developers looking to achieve a more fluid and efficient workflow. Osmani has also written a couple of great books, let’s have a look at them. “Learning JavaScript Design Patterns” is oriented to professional developers and those with certain intermediate/advanced JS skills who are willing to improve their knowledge about design patterns and how to apply them in JavaScript. Design patterns are reusable solutions to common problems in software design; in other words, the use of code that has worked before for other developers in certain situations, being helpful when facing similar ones; it’s an accurate way to learn how to build clean and organized code. Although a publication of this kind is usually full of jargon, this one is mainly written in simple language to provide a clear explanation of what can be made by using design patterns. “JavaScript Design Patterns” aims to improve overall knowledge about design patterns and how to apply them using JavaScript. On the other hand, we have “Developing Blackbone.js Applications”, a book that teaches how to improve the way applications are built by using blackbone.js, a library that adds order and structure to client side code. This library becomes really useful to simplify server-side persistence, and it helps avoiding scripting to become a mess. Osmani’s blog posts cover topics related to web development; for instance, there are a lot of entries regarding JavaScript and its performance. His blog is a highly recommended knowledge resource.

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