Writing

3 Dec 2015

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.

9 Mar 2015

JavaScript Cookbook cover

The second edition of the JavaScript Cookbook just went live at O'Reilly. If you're wondering why I haven't been writing about technology as much lately, it's because I was saving all my tech writing mojo for the book.

We went a somewhat different path with the second edition. I spent a lot less time on syntax, and a lot more on JavaScript in use. When I wrote my first book on JavaScript, in the dark ages that was the mid-1990s, syntax was about all you had with JavaScript. Now, JavaScript is everywhere. It's the programming language that ate the world.

2 Apr 2014

I am not a Walker Evans expert, but from my recent readings about him, I sensed there were three significant events in his life that shaped the man, and subsequently, the photographs we've come to cherish.

One of the events I briefly mentioned in the last Walker Evans writing, and that was his search for a particular style of photography. Rejecting the existing photographic styles of the time– which either disregarded the strengths of the camera in favor of articially created scenes, or sought to tug emotion from the viewer–Evans sat in a library looking through all 50 issues of a the photographic journal, Camera Work until finding what he was looking for: Paul Strand's photograph of a blind woman, shown below.

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8 Sep 2013

Ringling Brothers: The Greatest Show in Court book coverThe photo for my newest book comes from Shutterstock. It's not a perfect photo. It's a little dark, a little blurry and out of focus. But no other image worked for the book. When I saw it, I knew this was the image I wanted for my cover. Authors get funny that way, which is why publishers rarely let us anywhere near the cover.

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