Questions and Winners of Accelerated DOM Scripting
Wow. Over 230 people left a comment to win a copy of Accelerated DOM Scripting. Either people really want to get their hands on it or people just really like free stuff! A few people also had questions about the book and I figured now would be as good a time as any to reply to those.
I'm thinking of writing a book, too. What software do you use?
Most publishers have a Microsoft Word template that they make you use. Not very exciting. :)
Will it be available in the UK (or Canada)?
The book is being distributed by Apress and should be available for purchase in countries around the world including the UK, Canada, Australia and, of course, the US. You can also purchase it as an eBook from the Apress site. Whether it'll hit the shelves of your local bookstore will, I suppose, depend. I certainly hope it does! (I was pretty excited to see my last book on store shelves!)
Do you have any other books in the making?
I'll probably still be up for doing a chapter here and there as part of a multi-author effort but a book of this scope isn't very likely. The amount of research and editing involved in putting together a book is time-consuming. I've now achieved a life goal (that of writing a book) and I'm not as driven to repeat that. With that said, never say never.
What random number algorithm you will use to determine the winners?
select * from comments where post_id = 846 order by RAND() LIMIT 5
What does this book have that others dont, why would you recommend it?
I have a basic understanding of the DOM, why should I pick this book instead of a book in JQuery?
Much of the material is the same but I think we approached things differently. I felt that John's book presented solutions (or "techniques" as it were) to common problems whereas I tried to look more at the "problem solving" aspect of it.
Is there a TOC available anywhere, by chance?
- Object-Oriented Programming
- Ajax and Data Exchange
- Visual Effects
- Case Study: FAQ Facelift (Aaron Gustafson)
- A Dynamic Help System (Dan Webb)
As far as libraries, the Apress site says "such as Prototype." And...?
I mention Prototype, jQuery, Mootools, Dojo, YUI along with Script.aculo.us, Interface, and ExtJS.
If you have any other questions about the book, feel free to ask them in the comments or email them to me and I'll be sure to give you the best answer I can.
And the winners are...
The following five randomly selected winners will have a free copy sent their way.
If you haven't already, get a copy of Accelerated DOM Scripting now!
The code you used is not very bulletproof. Anyone who commented twice (or even more times) could have had more chances.
@Arjan: I filtered all the comments removing any duplicates as well as making sure all valid comments were approved. Is it the code itself that you feel wouldn't be random enough or simply that multiple comments by people could throw things off? As it stands, five unique and separate individuals won a copy of the book. I'm not sure that any other method would have really changed the outcome (except to generate a different five individuals).
Snook, that's the point. Arjan doesn't really care about the formula - he just wants you to change the formula until he is drawn. Then it will be correct.
Arjan - I'm with you. I didn't win either - so lets keep looking for problems and snook conspiracies here until we get a copy of the book. ("Prejudice" is always a great topic to play off...)
Oh, I know - He is bond to have a copy somewhere around his house. So lets get on google maps and figure out the best place to hid nearby until he leaves - then we can sneak in and steal his copy. Wait! Lets call him up and tell him to sign it - then we can steal a autographed copy! Mwhahaha
Wait... how do we share it?
Congrats to the winners. I had my fingers crossed, but forgot to click my heels together :) Btw Jonathan, how long did it take you to write this book?
@Miha: well, from the time I started, it was over a year but actual focused writing was probably only about 2-3 months.
I totally forgot to enter -_- Maybe next time, haha.
Congrats to the winners.
Wow, that's a bunch of comments! When I had a competition to win an iPod Nano I didn't even get half as many comments (although I so completely blame that on they having to write something about their favorite HTML tag ;-)).
Congratulations to the winners :)
And i will get it for sure when it comes out in dutch shops. I can't wait :)
I can't believe I'm a winner. It's like the day before you're a winner and the day after are totally different. It's like one moment you feel like a regular guy and the next you feel blessed. Wow.
OK, I'm just kidding, but I look forward to getting the book, and I appreciate the link to my new blog. I had started it only a day or two before you linked to it. And today I actually got a visitor other than myself, which is about as exciting as it gets in suburban Chicago.
I like you, Snook!
Imagine that your new book can be downloaded from emule.
What will be your feeling about?
@anonymous Indeed, I know that can and probably will happen. But my belief is that, like all piracy, only a minority of the people who get the book would have actually paid for it to begin with. With that said, I spent a lot of time and energy as did the publisher who spends money to get the book written, printed and distributed. I hope that anybody that likes the book recommends it to others and helps support someone who's just trying to put food on the table for his family (oh, and a Wii, and a big screen TV, and a...).
@Jonathan; The code itself is randomly enough, my thoughts were more about the people who posted more than one comment in that entry.
@David; damn, I've written an 'it's all ok'-message just a minute ago...
Well, I bought the book and am very happy with my purchase! The book came in yesterday and although I think I already know 90% of all the stuff in there the other 10% will be very interesting! Havenâ€™t had time to do some serious reading yet but I can already tell itâ€™s pleasantly written and for me a good resource for tickling my creative thinking. Thanks Jonathan, Aaron, Stuart and Dan!
Congrats on the book, Jonathan. I am sure it feels great to see your name in the big lights (or at least on the local bookshelves). Does this mean I can officially stop trying to steal ideas from your JS source files? ;)