Hi. Why did you decide (the authors) to write this 'In Action' book but not in 'Quickly' series (Prototype and Scriptaculous Quickly) ? I'm not saying they are small or trivial libs (even I'm not an authority to talk about them, actually, I just started to learn them). If you want to rewrite it to be in Quickly series, what changes you will make to you 'In Action' book ? Thanks for this book.
David C. Crane
Joined: Oct 13, 2005
I'm afraid I like talking too much. The publishers like the Quickly series to be short and to the point, and we agreed to change to 'In Action' when we realised how much material we'd covered.
I'm not sure how I'd slim it down to 250 pages. We cover plenty of topics other than just "how to do __ using P & S" in the book, for example:
- pros and cons of Ajax architectures - measuring HTTP traffic and turning it into XL graphs - JS language features - objerct literals & closures - and how to use them
but I wouldn't drop any of them. Prototype's a deep library, and requires a lot of the language context in order to really appreciate what it's doing, and Scriptaculous is all about useability and ease of use, so that requires context of it's own.
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