The Missing Credits

About the Author

About the Author

David Sawyer McFarland is president of Sawyer McFarland Media, Inc., a Web development and training company in Portland, Oregon. He’s been building Web sites since 1995, when he designed his first Web site—an online magazine for communication professionals. He’s served as webmaster at the University of California at Berkeley and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, and oversaw a complete CSS-driven redesign of Macworld.com.

In addition to building Web sites, David is also a writer, trainer, and instructor. He’s taught Web design at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, the Center for Electronic Art, the Academy of Art College, Ex’Pressions Center for New Media, and Portland State University. He’s written articles about the Web for Practical Web Design, MX Developer’s Journal, Macworld magazine, and CreativePro.com.

He welcomes feedback about this book by email: missing@sawmac.com. (If you’re seeking technical help, however, please refer to the sources listed in Appendix A.)

About the Creative Team

Nan Barber (editor) has worked with the Missing Manual series since its inception—long enough to remember booting up her computer from a floppy disk. Email: nanbarber@oreilly.com.

Nellie McKesson (production editor) is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She currently lives in Jamaica Plain, Mass., and spends her spare time making t-shirts for her friends to wear (mattsaundersbynellie.etsy.com). Email: .

Tony Ruscoe (technical reviewer) is a Web developer living in Sheffield, England. His first computer programs were written in Sinclair BASIC on his ZX Spectrum in the mid-1980s. He’s been using JavaScript since 1997 when he started to develop websites and web applications. He currently maintains his personal website (http://ruscoe.net) and a site dedicated to researching his surname (http://ruscoe.name).

Lisa Hasko (technical reviewer) is a nonprofit humanitarian aid worker with a background in project management for an independent film Web site. Aside from freelancing in her spare time, she is a traveler, social connector, and changeaholic. Email: .

Marni Derr (tech reviewer) is a technical writer and Web developer. When not working on computer-related books or client sites, she is madly giving fiction writing a go. She maintains a community blog for technical writers and developers at http://writingyourdreams.com. Email: .

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to all those who helped with this book, including Marni Derr, Tanya Symes, Tony Ruscoe, and Lisa Hasko, whose watchful eyes saved me from potentially embarrassing mistakes. Thanks also to my many students at Portland State University who have sat through my long JavaScript lectures and struggled through my programming assignments. Also, we all owe a big debt of gratitude to John Resig and the jQuery team for creating the best tool yet for making JavaScript fun.

Finally, thanks to David Pogue for getting me started; Nan Barber for making my writing sharper and clearer; my wife, Scholle, for putting up with an author’s crankiness; and my son, Graham, who’s glad I’m done with this book so he and I can finally get back to playing Indiana Jones and the Legos of Doom. (Hey Kate, welcome to the world!)

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