About the Authors

Tom Negrino is an author, consultant, contributing editor for Macworld magazine, and has also written for MacAddict and other magazines. His current books are Quicken 99 for Windows, Visual Quickstart Guide, Microsoft Office 98 for Macs for Dummies, and Quicken 98 for Macintosh, Visual Quickstart Guide. His previous books include Macs for Kids and Parents and Yahoo! Unplugged. He invites you to visit his personal Web site.

Dori Smith has been programming for over 20 years. As a partner in Chalcedony Consulting, she does programming, training, writing, and web design. You can find out more about her at her personal site. Author of Java for the World Wide Web, Visual Quickstart Guide from Peachpit Press, Dori is also a contributing editor for NetProfessional magazine, is on their advisory board, and is a member of the Web Standards Project Steering Committee.

About the Book

JavaScript for the World Wide Web, Visual Quickstart Guide, 2nd Edition was the first book that we wrote together, but it certainly won't be our last. We've tried to take a "news you can use" approach to this project, with the idea that most people who are interested in JavaScript aren't very interested in object hierarchies and function definitions. We kept hearing from our friends that they just wanted to get up and going quickly with specific tasks. So we wrote a book with that in mind. If you happen to get any other JavaScript books, you'll probably notice that our scripts are generally leaner than the ones in those books. That's because Dori has been programming for a long time, and she knows how to pare code down to the bone (a seemingly lost art, alas).

About this Website

We produced this site with the following tools:

Adobe GoLive (Site design, layout, and management)
BBEdit (JavaScript editor and script preparation)
Adobe ImageStyler (Anti-aliased text)
Adobe Photoshop (Image manipulation)
Microsoft Word (Text editing)

And naturally, we did the whole book and Website project on our two Macintoshes: Dori's Apple Power Macintosh 8600/300 and Tom's Power Computing PowerTower Pro 250. We did use Windows 95 for some of the cross-platform stuff, but we did it by running the amazing Connectix Virtual PC on our Macs. It was nice not to have to buy another computer; we've already got more than we want to admit in the house.