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A few months ago Ido sent me a mail that Apress asked him if he want to write a book about Single Page Applications. Because Ido is more server oriented, he thought that this book writing is more suitable to me. When I got Ido’s mail about the opportunity to write a book, I was excited. You probably don’t know that I already written 4 books but those books are part of 4 different Microsoft Official Courses (MOCs). That means the books aren’t sold anywhere and you get them only if you are participating a MOC. This was the first time that a book I’m going to write will be sold on sites like Amazon. This was also the first time that my name will be on a book cover (in MOCs you will find the author names in page 7 inside the book).

Since I know what it takes to write a full book and because Ido brought the book lead in the first place, I decided that I’ll co-author the book with Ido. I was charge on the front-end writing and Ido on the backend writing. Ido agreed to co-author the book and we started the process. The first thing that we did was to write a suggestion to Apress that included the title, description, audience, chapters names, chapters’ sub topics and more. After the suggestion was approved by Apress board, we got to the main thing – writing the book. I was in charge of 9.5 chapters and Ido was in charge of the other 3.5 chapters.

During November and December I succeeded to write most of my chapters. I covered a lot of topics that I already knew very well and taught in JavaScript courses like Building Scalable JavaScript Apps. You will find in the book a lot of tips and notes that I hope will help you do the right decisions when you write a SPA front-end. You will also find a lot of content on SPA concepts and architecture along with a lot of JavaScript goodies. I tried make the chapters very concise and hopefully succeeded in that.

Writing can be very hard and sometimes I had writing blocks that slowed the writing process. On the other hand, I knew exactly what I’m going to write and how to write it so I made a lot of progress and fast. At the end of December, I finished writing all the drafts for my chapters and started to get reviews from our technical reviewers: Konstantin Kutepov and Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati. If you don’t know the process of writing a technical book, it starts with a technical review. In this phase another expert go over your drafts and review them. After each review, I added more content and fixed some things that needed to be fixed.Sasha Goldstein, SELA CTO, also offered to review the book so I sent him the drafts and got a few valuable comments that helped to improve the book. 

Right now most of my chapters are going a copyedit phase. Because I’m not a native English speaker, a copy editor is going over my chapters and fix grammar or other English problems. At the end of this process I go over the copyedit chapter and figure if the changes changed the meaning of what I wrote. Once this phase is over the chapters are ready for production.

All in all, writing a book is very hard and demanding and it includes a lot of long writing nights. I hope that once you will read the book you will appreciate the hard work and all the effort that was invested in the book.


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