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Thomas Zink
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Thanks for promoting your book here.
I read through the Amazon reviews and see that a Paired Pages structure distinguishes your book from others.  The code is on one side and it is explained on the next page.
I also read that the HTML and CSS book is a good companion to get the whole toolset.
One reviewer said that they liked the book but an earlier version lacked an Index, which made it hard to use as a reference.  I see that this version has a 12-page index.
Is that something that you added for this version?
Have their been new developments in the languages that you updated?
What is new in third edition?
How did you choose the examples?
Thanks !
Thomas Zink
 
Mary Delamater
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Hi Thomas

Wow, those are a lot of questions! I'll do my best with them below

1. Paired pages - I really think this is a excellent way to present information. Another benefit of it for the reader is that the paired pages format really forces an author to think about what they want to say and how they want to say it. You've got to fit it on one page, so you really have to clarify your thinking. Which is good for the reader, it seems to me.

2. Yes, the HTML5 and CSS3 book is an excellent companion book - I recommend it, even if I'm not an author

3. As far as I know, the JavaScript books have all had indexes. Maybe the reviewer thought an index wasn't extensive enough...?

4. The book covers some of the features that were new with ECMAScript5, which has been out for a while now, so most modern browsers support most ES5 features. Since at the time the book went to press, ES6 and ES7 weren't as supported, the book doesn't cover those features, though we're working on a downloadable appendix right now. The third edition also includes a lot more jQuery than the second edition did.

5. Some of the code examples are pretty standard - for example, most coding books feature some sort of Future Value calculator, because it's a good way to demonstrate a lot of programming concepts. Then, other examples we chose because they seem fun - my favorite was the Pig dice game that's presented in chapter 13. That one was fun to develop and fun to play with.

Thomas Zink wrote:Thanks for promoting your book here.
I read through the Amazon reviews and see that a Paired Pages structure distinguishes your book from others.  The code is on one side and it is explained on the next page.
I also read that the HTML and CSS book is a good companion to get the whole toolset.
One reviewer said that they liked the book but an earlier version lacked an Index, which made it hard to use as a reference.  I see that this version has a 12-page index.
Is that something that you added for this version?
Have their been new developments in the languages that you updated?
What is new in third edition?
How did you choose the examples?
Thanks !
Thomas Zink
 
Bear Bibeault
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Hi Thomas, in the future it would be better to post one question per topic.

Bonus: that would also increase your chances of winning the book.
 
Thomas Zink
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Mary, Thanks for all the answers!
I'll keep it to one in the future, Thanks Bear.
 
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