Writing a Book

After three months of laboring in relative silence, I’m able to explain publicly why the activity on this site has diminished so much. I’m writing a book.

Now, before anyone gets too excited, I should specify that I am writing a book on how to use the jQuery JavaScript library to enhance interaction design on websites. The book is an extension of the blog I’ve been running, Learning jQuery. When a publisher contacted me in November about the possibility of writing a book, I jumped at the chance.

Actually, I told them I would jump if they let me write it with a colleague of mine, Jonathan Chaffer, who is a much more skilled programmer than I am. They said that was fine, so Jonathan and I started writing. It turns out that Jonathan is also a talented technical writer as well.

The writing is progressing well. We’re hoping for a publication date sometime this summer. Soon the publisher will have a page on their website with details about date, price, and so on. When they do, I’ll post a link to it here, just in case anyone is interested. In the meantime, feel free to read the announcement at jquery.com.

Thanks to my family and close friends who have kept this a secret. Thanks to everyone for being patient while the English Rules site remains dormant.

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