About the Authors

Negrino Picture 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.

Smith Picture 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. Along with being a frequent industry speaker and author of Java for the World Wide Web, Visual Quickstart Guide from Peachpit Press, Dori is also a contributing editor for MacTech magazine and 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, and it was a big success for us and Peachpit Press. The new and improved 3rd Edition adds almost 100 pages, and incorporates many suggestions from the 2nd Edition's readers. 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).