About Nicholas C. Zakas

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On Amazon Reviews

I try not to get too bummed out by the reviews of my book over at Amazon, but man, getting slapped with one or two stars is a bummer. It’s hard not to take it personally, because this represented so much hard work and research. I find it interesting that some people just don’t “get... […]

Why Typos?

As I’ve been reading through my own book (yes, I actually use it on a daily basis as reference), I’ve been finding typos here and there. I’ve also gotten a couple of e-mails pointing out other typos, and it really bums me out. Logically, writing over 600 pages without a mistake is probably not possible... […]

Another Kind Review

Got an e-mail from Blake Scarbrough this afternoon letting me know that he had reviewed my book on his site. The review is pretty positive, and he even makes reference to using the book in a manner similar to Google. To me, that’s one of the best compliments I can get (a sentiment that was... […]

Suggestions For New Book

Well, the ink on Professional JavaScript isn’t yet dry and I’ve already been asked to write another JavaScript book for Wrox. This new book is going to be project-based, showing how to design a particular piece of functionality from start to finish. So the question I’m posing to all of you is this: what sort... […]

Initial C# Reactions

So I finally got my copy of Visual C# .Net last week and started playing around with it. As a Java programmer, it was fairly easy to pick up the basic idea to get a simple program working. A lot of the syntax for C# is a mix of C, C++, and Java, all of... […]

A Stellar Review

I received an e-mail last night from a gentleman named John Strickler, who is a professional development trainer responsible for setting up training class on various topics. He had some of the most positive things to say about my book to date. Some excerpts (posted with permission) I had to teach a JavaScript class last... […]

Working With JSON

I’ve a big fan of JSON as an alternative to XML when doing client-server communication with JavaScript. For those unfamiliar with JSON, it’s essentially a way of representing data using JavaScript object and array literals (full description) first proposed by Douglas Crockford. Now, it’s starting to gain some popularity. The basic idea is that you... […]

Professional JavaScript Forum

Part of the fun of writing a book is getting to interact with readers about it. To this end, the good folks over at Wrox have set up a Professional JavaScript Forum to facilitate discussion surrounding the book. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions while reading the book, please post them at the... […]

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... […]

Looking For Some Good Reviewers

Well, the book has been released and the only thing left to do is…get it professionally reviewed. If you are a reviewer for a Web development Web site or magazine, please contact me! I’m looking for people to give an honest review, especially on “geek” sites. I can provide reviewers with complimentary copies of the... […]