A Note From the Authors

Thanks very much for your interest in our book. We've got some good news and some not-so-good news.

The good news is that the book is a hit, and we thank you all very much for your support. In fact, the book is doing so well that we're happy to report that we'll be doing more JavaScript books for Peachpit Press. We've finished the 3rd Edition, which will be in stores in late June of 1999. We think you'll really like the 3rd Edition; we incorporated a bunch of the reader feedback we've gotten over the past 15 months, and we beefed the book up quite a bit. We ended up adding about 100 pages over the 2nd Edition.

Now that we’ve wrapped up that book, we‘ve begun JavaScript Advanced: Visual QuickPro Guide, the first of a new series from Peachpit covering advanced topics. Look for that one to be in the stores in the fall of 1999.

The not-so-good news is that we've been swamped with email asking us for help with knotty JavaScript problems. Unfortunately, we can't troubleshoot each of these puzzles and still get our next books in on time. We've tried, but we've come to the conclusion that we can't do both. So we ask for your understanding if you send us a question and you get an automated reply. On occasion, we'll be able to answer questions, but we can't promise it. Please note that we don't do homework for puzzled students, we can't help out people who are just learning HTML, we can only answer JavaScript questions about topics we cover in our books, and we don't answer questions about other authors' books (you would be surprised at some of the mail we get).

Though we can't answer each question personally, we are keeping track of all the questions that we get. Frequently asked questions will be answered in a FAQ page we will be putting up when we revise this site for the upcoming 3rd Edition, and of course incorporated into the book's text.

We recommend that you take individual questions to the comp.lang.javascript newsgroup, carried by most news servers. There, you'll find a lively community of scripters willing to help you out. You can also check out the JavaScript FAQ by Danny Goodman. We think it's pretty good, even if it was written by a competing author.

Happy Scripting!

Tom Negrino & Dori Smith
June 1999