First Negative Review On Amazon

Well it had to happen at some point, someone who adequately named himself/herself “Anonymous Coward” left a single-star review on Amazon about my book. My apparent discretion? I appear to have incorrectly stated that comments in JavaScript are the same as Java, C, and Perl. The commenter correctly points out that Perl comments begin with a pound sign (#). I went back and re-read the section in question, and alas, there is the mistake. I know what I was thinking when I wrote it…I was thinking PHP but wrote Perl.

Hey, I’m human, I can admit I made a mistake. And I suppose if that’s the one thing this person hated in my book, then I’m doing pretty damn well. I just think it’s pretty lousy to beat up my Amazon rating because of such a small error. It’s not like I said that Netscape is the dominant browser and C code can be accessed from JavaScript.

Those who know me know that I’m very open to criticisms and corrections. But if there’s an error in the book, please either contact me or file an incident with Wrox to report the error. In this way, I can make sure that the appropriate notices get posted on the Wrox Web site and that if there’s a second edition, I can fix the problem.


  1. jess

    Ehh whatever. Someone&#039s got a personal hangup if they gave a one-star just for that.

    I just got your book in the mail this last week. I usually have trouble with JavaScript books since they all seem to focus a lot on the basics and never get much further than that, so I don&#039t feel they are worth the money. I read the preview of your book though, and it sounded pretty good. I even took a risk and pre-ordered it from Amazon! While I&#039m just starting chapter 3 now, I&#039ve flipped around, and it looks pretty useful! Thanks for writing it..

  2. Nicholas C. Zakas

    Yeah, I know someone&#039s just trying to be a pain in the butt. Ah well.

    I think you&#039ll find the book matches your expectations. I hope it exceeds it!

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