About Nicholas C. Zakas

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Anonymous Coward Returns

Oh how the drama keeps unfolding! The person who posted the one-star review to me over at Amazon.com had his first review removed (I’m not sure why). In any event, “Anonymous Coward” has posted another review, this one longer, about how horrible the book is. I find it very funny that someone would hate my... […]

New Book Change = AJAX

Well, now you’ve all done it. My editor, Jim, read the comments from my posting asking for book ideas. Now he wants me to write an entire book on AJAX! No rest for the weary. So what I’m trying to do is flesh out an outline for the book, which will probably be 300-400 pages.... […]

Movin’ On Up

I’m not sure what’s been going on, but in the past week my book has really taken off at Amazon.com, even making it up as high as #1,666 out of all books. What does that ranking mean? Not a clue, but I assume the lower the number, the better. This is also the fourth straight... […]

Netscape 8

Did anyone notice that Netscape 8 was released today? Anyone? Yeah, didn’t think so. If it wasn’t for a little blurb I picked up on a message board, I probably wouldn’t have even noticed. My question to Netscape is: why? No one cares about you anymore, and version 8 of the browser doesn’t suck any... […]

IE7 To Have Tabs

I’m probably the last one to blog about the announcement that Internet Explorer 7 will support tabs natively. The reason is that I don’t think it’s that big of an announcement. To me, it’s like saying, “IE7 will have a minimize button” or “IE7 will have a statusbar.” In my mind, this is the dinkiest... […]

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... […]