3 Dec 2015

My Latest, and Last, Book for O'Reilly

I said a few years back that when Node.js released version 1.0, I'd issue an update for my book, Learning Node. Little did I know that waiting for Node.js 1.0 was like waiting for Godot, but in JavaScript.

I did try to do an update on the first edition of Learning Node earlier this year, but the changes were just too significant. So many of the modules I covered are no longer supported, Express 4.0 happened, and then there's that Node.js/io.js thing, and skipping version 1, altogether. The first edition of Learning Node just can't be updated, in place. The only solution was a new edition. It's also a good time to do a new edition: there's more stability in the development of Node.js, and less personal ownership.

I just hit the half-way mark in Learning Node, the second edition. It should be out for early release in January or so. The finished book should be in the market some time around April/May. We took a different direction with this book: smaller, learner, and staying closer to the core of Node.js. I'm very happy with the direction it's taking. It's the Learning Node book I probably should have written, way back in Node.js's infancy.

Of my books, I finished JavaScript Cookbook, second edition earlier in the year, and I'm happy with it. I like the design of the book, and feel it's nicely comprehensive. A new author has taken over for the Learning JavaScript series, beginning with Learning JavaScript, third edition. I've been chatting with O'Reilly about releasing Practical RDF to the public domain. With the second edition of Learning Node on its way to completion, I feel it's a good time to ease my way out of writing books for O'Reilly, and finally take the plunge to self-publication.

My first book for O'Reilly was Developing ASP Components, published in 2001. It actually hit the Amazon top 100 bestselling books list for a brief moment. In 15 years, we've managed to publish 16 books, and I'm proud of all the work we've done together. O'Reilly has been a good publisher, and a good company to work with. They've always been supportive of my efforts. I've enjoyed working with the people, including, and especially, my long-time editor, and friend, Simon St. Laurent.