📘 A Book About Hype (2020 Print Edition)

Yep let is also a good point to add. But could become confusing in a short basic explanation.
Also it is not a substitute for var.
It has different scope and definition implications

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You didn't totally rule it out, so you're saying there's a chance.

Maybe you too will want to have "A Book About Hype" up on your shelf, as a symbol of your mental prowess in the area of web animation, design, and development.

Not in this book. HA HA! :smile:

Because Hype supports IE 6-9, I'm sticking with "var" instead of using "let"… Can I use... Support tables for HTML5, CSS3, etc

Anyway, the poll is still stuck at two votes. Right now I'm leaning towards not including a JavaScript explanation section. I have some radically new ideas for Hype templates. I suspect people will be more appreciative of that.


Shoot! Clicked the wronk button. :crazy_face: Can I change my vote to “no”? I rather see you focus on Hype and after the books finished, maybe spend time on an addendum?

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I think the book project is great and I will buy a copy out of curiosity alone. I am also investing in Hype Cookbook (although I was busy with birthdays and client work the past month). I think THIS book (by @Photics) is and will be a must have for beginners and people starting out. I intentionally didn’t try to overlap the scope to much with my effort. So I am focusing on “recipes”, ideas/lookups and useful code fragments. Basically it is aimed at more advanced users. Also it won’t be published as a hardback apart of maybe some print on demand copy if backers want it.

Coming back to the topic of JS in this book… it most likely a book of its own but there is this special breed of Hype specific API calls. This certainly can’t be found elsewhere and that is the sweet spot on JS for a book about Hype in my opinion at least. Also some basics on understanding JS and Hype function scopes.

Have nice weekend you all.


To add to @MaxZieb’s comments…

A page dedicated to offering links (and maybe short commentary about each suggestion) to various resources (on-line & printed books) for the beginning JavaScripter I would think to be of great value.

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Don't worry, I pretended that you voted no. :smile:

I've decided to add a "JavaScript Basics" section. Here's why...

  • There's a lot of JavaScript in this book. I feel like some beginner info is needed.
  • I linked to two places to learn about JavaScript. I had trouble deciding on a third. So, I'm making own.
  • I just added 14 pages on Accessibility. It's not the definitive guide on Accessibility, but it covers the basics (as related to Hype) and lists URLs to get even more information. I'm thinking that the same should be done for JavaScript.
  • More people voted to include the JavaScript basics.

While this is a book about Hype, I see Hype as a stepping stone to becoming a well-rounded web developer / designer. The book needs to reflect that. There's something special about starting with Hype as a web design / development tool. As you use it, you change. You become better. You rely less on the GUI and dig more into the code. So, including some basic JavaScript information can help speed up that process.

Thanks for voting — poll closed.


book need hype 4, no hype3.6

The new printed book is about Hype 4.

Like the second post in this thread if you want to be notified when it's available.

Very much looking forward to this (yes I did like the second post!). I agree that a “JS for hype” section is a good idea, along with a couple of examples that show how and why you’d use it.


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Here’s a little preview of what I’m working on…

Did I miss a “frustrated with puzzle” button? :rofl:

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Not sure I’ll do anything significant with it though. What do you think?

    • You should totally put the template files on GitHub
    • I don’t understand what this means.

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I was surprised to see this…

Circles With Grandma was mentioned. I wasn’t planning on including it in the book, but I didn’t think it would help thousands of people either. It was just a little pencil game I played with my Grandma and my Aunts when I was little.

So, I suppose this is another opportunity for a poll.

Do you want tutorials on existing Hype games by Photics?

  • Yes! I would like a tutorial on Cabling and/or Circles With Grandma
  • No! I’d rather see other topics.

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Since this is to be a printed book, it’s not easily searchable like a PDF or eBook. So…

Do you want an Index?

    • Yes
    • No
    • I don’t know

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Why is this even a question - of course a printed technical book needs an index!

Let me guess it is a PITA - having done more than a few indexes for (printed) tech books in my time. :crazy_face:

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Ha ha. Good response!

It's not so much about the tedium, as creating an Index is a welcome change of pace. I could finally put my computer back in dark mode (it's been in light mode for better screenshots) and I could play my music — two things I can't do while writing actual content.

The reason it's a question is because an index can take up a large part of the book.

A typical index for an ordinary book takes up about 5% of the pages. That’s an index for a 100-page book that’s 5 pages long. But many books are not typical.

Since the goal is 500 pages, that could be 25 pages of just indexing. That's why the poll exists. Would you rather have more Hype coverage or should the book be easier to search?

The feedback is good. I'll wait to see if there are more votes.

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Here’s just a quick update.

With about 60 pages left, and a big chunk of that is just the index, you’d think I’d just wrap it up. But noooooooo… I had to go crazy. :crazy_face:

I noticed that a lot of people want to use Hype to build full websites. While that’s probably not a good idea, Hype can be very useful in certain situations. I started thinking about the advantages of Hype. That’s when I started liking the idea of building a website with Hype. Well… a landing page… and it would be for the book itself.

The last chapter in A Book About Hype is about building the landing page for A Book About Hype. It’s one of those Shakespearian “play within a play” kind of things. So, I started working at it… and I was hating it. I’m like, this doesn’t look very good. Am I sure I want to do this? That’s when I stumbled upon a nice effect…


It was created entirely in Hype — so nice! After making it, I hit the reload button a lot. (Ha ha, I was too amazed to simply put the animation on loop.) I don’t know if I’ll keep the effect, as it doesn’t work well on Firefox or Chromium browser, but it looks like the end is in sight. I think this is the right direction for the rest of the book.

UPDATE: HA HA… typical!

Looks like Lulu changed their book sizes when they updated their website. 8.25 x 10.75 doesn’t seem to be available. Looks like I’m going to have to reflow the whole book at 8.5 x 11. :man_facepalming:t2: