About Nicholas C. Zakas

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Brendan Eich’s Latest

Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript, has an interesting post over at his blog regarding JavaScript’s future direction. Of course, JavaScript has suffered from severe stagnation as of the past few years and until Ajax popped up, some had already considered it dead. Brendan points out, correctly I may add, that JavaScript has never gone... […]

Open Source CMSs – What the?

I’ve never looked into CMSs all that much. Being the geek that I am, I’ve always written ones from scratch for any sites I’ve worked on. But this time around, I decided to take a look at some of the open source CMS products that are out there, figuring I’d save myself some time. Boy... […]

AIM Mail Debuts

I was just reading over at News.com that the new AIM mail service debuted today. So, in typical geek fashion, I hightailed it on over to check it out. I find the interface pretty interesting. It’s simple and uncomplicated (unlike the AOL desktop application). The only noise comes from the omnipresent banner ad that lives... […]

Java or JavaScript?

So I took a trip to my local Barnes & Noble last night to pick up a few things and I decided to see if I could find my book. I went to the JavaScript section and saw all the old favorites: The JavaScript Bible, The Definitive Guide…damn, mine’s not there. A quick look around... […]

JavaScript’s Future: Cajun

In the process of writing this new Ajax book, I’ve been recounting the major steps forward that JavaScript has taken since it was first released way back in Netscape Navigator 2.0 and wondering what the future will bring. In my opinion, the next revolution for JavaScript is going to be the implementation of the <a... […]

Last Autosuggest Article

The last part of the three-part article series on creating an autosuggest textbox is now available over at WebReference. I apologize for the long delay as I had no control over when the article would get published; I only pass it in and the editors decide when it runs. But hey, it’s not like I’m... […]

Where’s the JavaScript?

Every once in a while people ask me, “if you’re so into JavaScript, why isn’t there any on your site?” The truth is, my point in making this site was first and foremost to make it accessible and completely XHTML compliant. Simplicity, I thought, was what I would spend my time on. After seeing the... […]

Announcing The First Co-author

On my long search for some co-authors on the upcoming AJAX book, I have decided on one so far. That one is Jeremy McPeak, the author of XParser and FooReader.Net. What made Jeremy an attractive author candidate was really quite simple. First, he had several articles written at AlphaFilter that he pointed me to as... […]

Netscape 8 Messes Up IE

One of the more interesting features of Netscape 8 was it’s ability to embed Internet Explorer in it, so that trusted sites could use IE‘s rendering engine. I tried Netscape 8 the other day at work and noticed some issues when I went back and tried to use IE again, namely with XML files. Finally,... […]

Popups Are Evil

Listen to me closely: avoid popups whenever possible. When the push came for Web sites to start looking and acting more like desktop applications, developers naturally started the popup parade. You’ve seen it, you know it well. Then advertisers got their hands on it, and the popup wars really began. Thankfully, this led to the... […]