The fascinating thing about secrets, though, is that they have a tendency to come out. This secret writing project of mine therefore became “public” knowledge long before I actually announced it. There were questions, inquiries and of course, the occasional rumors. I got a lot of compliments, a few cheers and several looks of doubt. But even after all of that, I still tried to talk about the project like it’s vaporware–just to add some drama.
But as fun as it has been, it’s time to let the secret spill. No, I’m not writing a book–because it’s already finished.
I Herd You Like MooTools
In the middle of 2009 I started publishing a series of articles about MooTools on this blog called “Up the Moo Herd.” The idea came into mind during the course of my early days at the official MooTools IRC channel. I saw that a lot of people were asking the same kinds of questions, the kinds that were a bit deeper than the docs could show. These were the questions you’d find answers straight away–if you read the MooTools source.
Unfortunately, I found that not a lot of people do that. I therefore thought that it would be nice to write about these answers, to nudge people a bit into an exploratory mode. So I started writing the Up the Moo Herd posts, not only to answer questions but also showcase what MooTools has in store for intermediate and advanced users.
The response I got was a total surprise. I didn’t expect the kind of feedback the series received. It seems that the MooTools herd is indeed hungry for more useful information, and up to this day, those series of posts still keep this blog in a good traffic situation.
I couldn’t do it with blog posts. A topic like this deserves proper writing space: it deserved a book.
Like Up the Moo Herd, this book wasn’t written for beginners in mind. It’s an intermediate and advanced level book, one for those who are tired of reading all the basic tutorials and introductions. It’s for users who are no longer satisfied with the basics, and are asking themselves the fundamental question: “What do the MooTools developers know that I don’t?”
A Little More Detail
Here’s a list of the chapters:
05: Classes, the Extras
09: Selector Engines
14: MooTools on Deck
Simo Kinnunen, creator of Cufon and all around awesome developer, helped me as my technical reviewer, and it is with great honor for me to mention that the foreword to the book was written by none other than MooTools Founder and Lead Developer, Valerio Proietti.
A Whole Bag of Thanks
I have a lot of people to thank for the book, and I’ve done that in the Acknowledgments section of the book. But I do want to thank everyone again for the help and support you’ve extended for this project. Kudos to the MooTools Developers, the MooTools Community, the people from Apress, my friends and my family for all the help and support. And thank you, readers of Keetology, for your continued support.