Favorable Review

Just got a note from George, who runs JavaScriptKit saying that the review of my book is now up. Overall, I’m pretty happy with his evaluation of the book, which he gave an 8 out of 10. Here’s an excerpt:

With the intended reader most likely being familiar with JavaScript already, this book doesn’t waste any time on pleasantries and hit-and-miss jokes. It is very technical oriented, to the point, and a continuous onslaught of information. And there’s a lot of information in this book, perhaps providing the most up to date coverage of JavaScript yet.

George does go on to say my examples are “uninspired” and “rigid,” but I’ll accept that criticism. It’s very hard to come up with great examples for any one section when there’s so much writing to do in a short amount of time. I’m hoping that if the book does well enough, I’ll be able to update the examples with more meaningful ones.

But like I said, overall I’m happy with the review and I thank George for his honest opinion.


  1. tom

    &#039Professional Javascript&#039 is the best js book I&#039ve ever read, with precisely right information for people knowing js basics already. Unique to this book is presenting the problems implemented differently in IE and Mozilla - solutions work straight away in all modern browsers. No more hacking on my own - I can use them and carry on with my job. And instead of writing an email I&#039ll ask here - what I would happily buy as soon as possible is a follow-up book with all the remaining knowledge that Nicholas has, possibly in a form of a &#039cookbook&#039 - for example. Is it possible?

  2. Nicholas C. Zakas

    Hey Tom, thanks for the kind words. I had actually proposed a sort of cookbook edition, but that got sidetracked in favor of the Ajax book. I do think you&#039ll enjoy the Ajax book since there are several large case studies (which Professional JavaScript didn&#039t have) that tie in the front end JavaScript with ASP.NET and PHP backends.

  3. tom

    Great - Ajax book is even better, I&#039m looking forward to getting it! I&#039m actually using mod_perl in the middle, but there is no problem to translate things from PHP - my biggest problem was always making the client side behave. Thanks again for great work!

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