Basics of Javascript

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Basics of Javascript
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Pooja Jain
(Assistant Professor in IT)
Jain Vishva Bharati Institute

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  • 1. What is JavaScript? JavaScript is a premier client-side scripting language produced by Netscape for use within HTML Web pages. JavaScript is loosely based on Java and it is built into all the major modern browsers. It„s widely used in tasks ranging from the validation of form data to the creation of complex user interfaces. JavaScript can be used to manipulate the very markup in the documents in which it is contained. JavaScript is: JavaScript is a lightweight, interpreted programming language Designed for creating network-centric applications Complementary to and integrated with Java Complementary to and integrated with HTML Open and cross-platform
  • 2. JavaScript Syntax • A JavaScript consists of JavaScript statements that are placed within the <script>... </script> HTML tags in a web page. •We can place the <script> tag containing our JavaScript anywhere within our web page but it is preferred way to keep it within the <head> tags. •The <script> tag alert the browser program to begin interpreting all the text between these tags as a script. So simple syntax of your JavaScript will be as follows <script ...> JavaScript code </script>
  • 3. The script tag takes two important attributes: language: This attribute specifies what scripting language we are using. Typically, its value will be javascript. Although recent versions of HTML (and XHTML, its successor) have phased out the use of this attribute. type: This attribute is what is now recommended to indicate the scripting language in use and its value should be set to "text/javascript". So our JavaScript segment will look like: <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"> JavaScript code </script>
  • 4. Our First JavaScript Script: To print “Hello World”. <html> <body> <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"> document.write("Hello World!") ; </script> </body> </html> Above code will display following result: Hello World! •“Document.write” inserts the text into the page at current location. •Every statement in javascript should end with semicolon.
  • 5. Whitespace and Line Breaks: •JavaScript ignores spaces, tabs, and newlines that appear in JavaScript programs. •Because we can use spaces, tabs, and newlines freely in our program so we are free to format and indent our programs in a neat and consistent way that makes the code easy to read and understand. Case Sensitivity: •JavaScript is a case-sensitive language. This means that language keywords, variables, function names, and any other identifiers must always be typed with a consistent capitalization of letters. •So identifiers Time, TIme and TIME will have different meanings in JavaScript. •Care should be taken while writing variable and function names in JavaScript.
  • 6. The <noscript> Element In the situation that a browser does not support JavaScript or that JavaScript is turned off, we should provide an alternative version or at least a warning message telling the user what happened. The <noscript> element can be used to accomplish this very easily. All JavaScript aware browsers should ignore the contents of <noscript> unless scripting is off. Browsers that aren„t JavaScript-aware will show the enclosed message (and they„ll ignore the contents of the <script> if we have remembered to HTML-comment it out). One interesting use of the <noscript> element might be to redirect users automatically to a special error page using a <meta> refresh if they do not have scripting enabled in the browser or are using a very old browser. The following example shows how this might be done. <noscript> <meta http-equiv="Refresh" content="0;URL=/errors/noscript.html”/> </noscript>
  • 7. The following example illustrates a simple example of this versatile element„s use. <html > <head> <title>noscript Demo</title> </head> <body> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- alert("Your JavaScript is on!"); //--> </script> <noscript> <em>Either your browser does not support JavaScript or it is currently disabled.</em> </noscript> </body> </html>
  • 8. JavaScript Placement in HTML File: There is a flexibility given to include JavaScript code anywhere in an HTML document. But there are following most preferred ways to include JavaScript in our HTML file. Script in <head>...</head> section. Script in <body>...</body> section. Script in <body>...</body> and <head>...</head> sections. Script in and external file and then include in <head>...</head> section.
  • 9. Variables Like many other programming languages(java,c,c++), JavaScript has variables. A variable stores data. Every variable has a name, called its identifier. Variables are declared in JavaScript using var, a keyword that allocates storage space for new data and indicates to the interpreter that a new identifier is in use. So,variables can be thought of as named containers. We can place data into these containers and then refer to the data simply by naming the container. Before we use a variable in a JavaScript program, we must declare it. Variables are declared with the var keyword as follows: <script type="text/javascript"> var rollno; var name; </script> Variables can be assigned initial values when they are declared: var name= “Muskan”; In addition, multiple variables can be declared with one var statement if the variables are separated by commas: var x, y = 2, z;
  • 10. JavaScript Variable Scope: The scope of a variable is the region of our program in which it is defined. JavaScript variable will have only two scopes. •Global Variables: A global variable has global scope which means it is defined everywhere in our JavaScript code. • Local Variables: A local variable will be visible only within a function where it is defined. Function parameters are always local to that function.
  • 11. JavaScript Variable Names: While naming variables in JavaScript ,we should keep following rules in mind:  We should not use any of the JavaScript reserved keyword as variable name. For example, break or boolean variable names are not valid.  JavaScript variable names should not start with a numeral (0-9). They must begin with a letter or the underscore character. For example, 123test is an invalid variable name but _123test is a valid one. JavaScript variable names are case sensitive. For example, Name and name are two different variables.
  • 12. JavaScript Reserved Words: The following are reserved words in JavaScript. They cannot be used as JavaScript variables, functions, methods, loop labels, or any object names. abstract boolean break byte case catch char class const continue debugger default delete do double else enum export extends false final finally float For function goto if implements import in instanceof int interface long native new null package Private protected public return short static super switch synchronized this throw throws transient true try typeof var Void volatile while with
  • 13. JavaScript DataTypes: Every variable has a data type that indicates what kind of data the variable holds. The basic data types in JavaScript are strings, numbers, and Booleans. A string is a list of characters, and a string literal is indicated by enclosing the characters in single or double quotes. Strings may contain a single character or multiple characters, including whitespace and special characters such as n (the newline). Numbers are integers or floating-point numerical values, and numeric literals are specified in the natural way. Booleans take on one of two values: true or false. Boolean literals are indicated by using true or false directly in the source code. An example of all three data types follows: var stringData = "JavaScript has stringsn It sure does"; var numericData = 3.14; var booleanData = true; JavaScript also supports two other basic types: undefined and null.
  • 14. What is Operator? Operator is word and symbol in expressions that perform operations on one or two values to arrive at another value. Any value on which an operator performs some actions is called an operand. An expression may contain one operand and one operator (called a unary operator) or two operands separated by one operator (called a binary operator). JavaScript supports a variety of operators. The types of operators are: 1. Arithmetic Operators 2. Comparison Operators 3. Logical Operators 4. Bitwise Operators 5. Assignment Operators 6. Miscellaneous Operator a. Conditional Operator (? :) b. typeof Operator
  • 15. The Arithmetic Operators Following are the arithmetic operators supported by javascript language. Assume variable A holds 10 and variable B holds 20 then: Operator Description Example + Adds two operands A + B will give 30 - Subtracts second operand from the first A - B will give -10 * Multiply both operands A * B will give 200 / Divide numerator by denominator B / A will give 2 % Modulus Operator and remainder of after an integer division B % A will give 0 ++ Increment operator, increases integer value by one A++ will give 11 -- Decrement operator, decreases integer value by one A-- will give 9
  • 16. The Comparison Operators Following are the comparison operators supported by JavaScript language. Assume variable A holds 10 and variable B holds 20 then: Operator Description Example == Checks if the value of two operands are equal or not, if yes then condition becomes true. (A == B) is not true. != Checks if the value of two operands are equal or not, if values are not equal then condition becomes true. (A != B) is true. > Checks if the value of left operand is greater than the Value of right operand, if yes then condition becomes true. (A > B) is not true. < Checks if the value of left operand is less than the value of right operand, if yes then condition becomes true. (A < B) is true. >= Checks if the value of left operand is greater than or equal to the value of right operand, if yes then condition becomes true. (A >= B) is not true. <= Checks if the value of left operand is less than or equal to the value of right operand, if yes then condition becomes true. (A <= B) is true.
  • 17. The Logical Operators Following are the logical operators supported by JavaScript language . Assume variable A holds 10 and variable B holds 20 then: Operator Description Example && Called Logical AND operator. If both the operands are non zero then then condition becomes true. (A && B) is true. || Called Logical OR Operator. If any of the two operands are non zero then then condition becomes true. (A || B) is true. ! Called Logical NOT Operator. Use to reverses the logical state of its operand. If a condition is true then Logical NOT operator will make false. !(A && B) is false.
  • 18. The Bitwise Operators Following are the bitwise operators supported by JavaScript language. Assume variable A holds 2 and variable B holds 3 then: Operator Description Example & Called Bitwise AND operator. It performs a Boolean AND operation on each bit of its integer arguments. (A & B) is 2 . | Called Bitwise OR Operator. It performs a Boolean OR operation on each bit of its integer arguments. (A | B) is 3. ^ Called Bitwise XOR Operator. It performs a Boolean exclusive OR operation on each bit of its integer arguments. Exclusive OR means that either operand one is true or operand two is true, but not both. (A ^ B) is 1. ~ Called Bitwise NOT Operator. It is a is a unary operator and operates by reversing all bits in the operand. (~B) is -4 .
  • 19. << Called Bitwise Shift Left Operator. It moves all bits in its first operand to the left by the number of places specified in the second operand. New bits are filled with zeros. Shifting a value left by one position is equivalent to multiplying by 2, shifting two positions is equivalent to multiplying by 4, etc. (A << 1) is 4. >> Called Bitwise Shift Right with Sign Operator. It moves all bits in its first operand to the right by the number of places specified in the second operand. The bits filled in on the left depend on the sign bit of the original operand, in order to preserve the sign of the result. If the first operand is positive, the result has zeros placed in the high bits; if the first operand is negative, the result has ones placed in the high bits. Shifting a value right one place is equivalent to dividing by 2 (discarding the remainder), shifting right two places is equivalent to integer division by 4, and so on. (A >> 1) is 1. >>> Called Bitwise Shift Right with Zero Operator. This operator is just like the >> operator, except that the bits shifted in on the left are always zero, ( A >>> 1) is 1.
  • 20. The Assignment Operators Following are the assignment operators supported by JavaScript language: Operator Description Example = Simple assignment operator, Assigns values from right side operands to left side operand C = A + B will assign value of A + B into C += Add AND assignment operator, It adds right operand to the left operand and assign the result to left operand C += A is equivalent to C = C + A -= Subtract AND assignment operator, It subtracts right operand from the left operand and assign the result to left operand C -= A is equivalent to C = C - A *= Multiply AND assignment operator, It multiplies right operand with the left operand and assign the result to left operand C *= A is equivalent to C = C * A
  • 21. /= Divide AND assignment operator, It divides left operand with the right operand and assign the result to left operand C /= A is equivalent to C = C / A %= Modulus AND assignment operator, It takes modulus using two operands and assign the result to left operand C %= A is equivalent to C = C % A
  • 22. Miscellaneous Operator The Conditional Operator (? :) There is an operator called conditional operator. This first evaluates an expression for a true or false value and then execute one of the two given statements depending upon the result of the evaluation. The conditional operator has this syntax: Operator Description Example ? : Conditional Expression If Condition is true ? Then value X : Otherwise value Y The typeof Operator The typeof is a unary operator that is placed before its single operand, which can be of any type. Its value is a string indicating the datatype of the operand. The typeof operator evaluates to "number", "string", or "boolean" if its operand is a number, string, or boolean value and returns true or false based on the evaluation. a = 3; alert(typeof a); // displays number
  • 23. JavaScript Statements Every line of code that occurs between a <script>………</script> tag pair is a JavaScript statement. Every statement of JavaScript should end with semicolon. The carriage return(semicolon)denotes the end of the statement. The statements must be in the script to for a purpose. Therefore, every statement does “something” relevant to the script. The kinds of things that statements do are: •Define or initialize a variable •Assign a value to a property or variable •Change the value of a property or variable •Invoke an object's method •Invoke a function routine •Make a decision The only statement that doesn‟t perform any explicit action is the comment.
  • 24. Comments in JavaScript JavaScript supports both C-style and C++ style comments, Thus: Any text between a // and the end of a line is treated as a comment and is ignored by JavaScript. Any text between the characters /* and */ is treated as a comment. This may span multiple lines. JavaScript also recognizes the HTML comment opening sequence <!--. JavaScript treats this as a single-line comment, just as it does the // comment. The HTML comment closing sequence --> is not recognized by JavaScript so it should be written as //-->.