So here it is, the inevitable "author plugs his new book" blog post. In the last months of 2004 and early months of 2005, I was spending a good number of my evenings after work writing what was to become (and now is) Firefox Secrets. "Writing" being a broad term used when tasked to churn out a software book - I'd say that almost 50% of the time was spent fiddling with Firefox, tracking elusive things down, verifying that things I intend to say actually work, and taking screenshots. For those of you who were regular readers, you know how I love to put up screenshots in blog posts, but I tell ya, it kinda gets old after awhile. (Thankfully, MWSnap is an amazing screen capture tool that's freeware to boot.)
I'd like to thank SitePoint for approaching me with this offer to write a book on Firefox, considering my (non-)experience in book-writing. The content of the book was initially intended to be geared towards the non-technical Firefox user (as proposed by SitePoint), but we (SitePoint actually) decided to rebrand it as a "Secrets" book when they discovered that my submitted drafts weren't that much of a plain old technical manual but more of a "stuff you don't know" kinda book. Honestly, I never really warmed to the idea of writing another "blah how do I use Firefox" grimoire so the rebranding is for the best.
So, what's in the book? Well, this table of contents should give you an idea. SitePoint also included a nice little CD-ROM with Firefox, Thunderbird, and extensions and themes that I've mentioned in the book material. I tried my best to include everything for both new and experienced Firefox users, so there should probably be something in there that interests you. For those of you who want a preview of the book, check out the You Don't Know Jack About Firefox! article over at SitePoint.com, or download the sample chapters (PDF format, requires email address).
I've acknowledged these same people in the book, but it bears repeating here.
I owe it all to SitePoint for making the book come through, even though things weren't all that smooth-sailing. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to write about Firefox.
Asa Dotzler, for being an awesome technical reviewer for the book, thank you. Asa's reviews relieved me of several misconceptions, and I even picked up a few secrets from him (and yes - these secrets appear in the book).
Dear blog readers, I admire you for tolerating with my absence and sticking around even when at times I seem to have died and left my blog in an owner-less limbo. Thanks for reading as always.
Last but not least, the Firefox community: developers, evangelists, users, all of you. Firefox is the success it is today (and a wonderful browser to boot) because of you guys.
Elsewhere, on Firefox Secrets
I'll be keeping (and updating) a list of blogs, articles, and other miscellanous web stuff that talks about Firefox Secrets here.
- SitePoint Forums announcement: SitePoint's New Book, "Firefox Secrets"
- Blog post: Firefox Secrets - cheeaunblog
- Blog post: SitePoint Lifts The Lid On Firefox Secrets - Lockergnome
- Blog post: Firefox Secrets - Bernie Zimmermann
- Blog post: Firefox book written by Singaporean - Tomorrow.sg
- Blog post: Firefox Secretes (sic) - Zhang Yining