The Perfect Gift!


by Angus Croll

Illustrations by Miran Lipovača. Foreword by Jacob Thornton

Published by No Starch Press

the cover


Huffington Post Books
Nomadic Sojourns
The Millions
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

From the introduction...

"Recently I had a dream in which I set homework assignments for Ernest Hemingway and twenty-four other literary luminaries. Each author received one of five tasks--common coding problems, mostly mathematical--which they were to solve using JavaScript.

To my astonishment, after a few days, completed assignments started arriving in my mailbox. Still more remarkable, with the exception of Kafka's accursed effort, they all seemed to work.

Naturally this was all too good to keep to myself so I've reproduced their solutions in this book. To help put the answers in context, I've written a short biography of each author, and followed their code with a brief explanation of what I think they were up to. As a respite between assignments I've included some poetic interludes: long forgotten odes documenting their author's struggle with everyone's favorite programming language.



"If Hemingway Wrote Javascript is a strange and beautiful book"—Robin Sloan, author Mr. Penumbra’s 24‑Hour Bookstore

"Probably my favorite book about programming. This year's for sure. Totally enthralled."—Steve Klabnik, author Rust for Rubyists, web celebrity

"Yes, If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript by @angustweets is cool"—Brendan Eich, inventor of JavaScript, co-founder of Mozilla

"I really, thoroughly enjoyed the book...Angus is hilarious, well-read, and a great writer."—Alex Sexton, engineer at Stripe, Modernizr core team, jQuery Board of Directors, Dojo Foundation Board

"..a real treat, and a book whose time has come"—Rob Friesel, novelist and author of PhantomJS Cookbook

"Code, literature and art are beautifully represented in @angustweets' new book"—Jenn Schiffer, Bocoup engineer, celebrity speaker, comedian

"Sweet, edifying and laugh-out-loud funny."—Patrick Ewing, Twitter hall-of-famer, esteemed rubyist and coiner of "duck-punching"

" should have this book at hand at all whenever you start feeling disheartened, unmotivated or simply bored with what you are'll look at it's chapters and remember that programming can be fun. That, beyond good and bad parts, beyond best practices and the professional fences with which we surround ourselves, those lego sets that we call programming languages, can and should be played with"—Javier Alba, JavaScript developer, voracious reader.

"Last night I read If Hemingway Wrote JavaScript, twice, then pre-ordered a physical copy."—Rick Waldron, creator of Johnny-Five and JavaScript standards author

"I'm so excited by the "If Hemingway wrote JavaScript" book by the completely brilliant Angus Croll"–Robert Nyman, Mozilla Tech Evangelist, Editor of Mozilla Hacks

"I have to admit that I enjoyed this book...some of the solutions are absolutely charming."—Marijn Haverbeke, author Eloquent JavaScript

"Best hypothetical question we've heard in a while"–The Millions

"...a thought experiment, appealing to JavaScript and literary nerds alike"–Dan Shurley, Nomadic Sojourns

"Looking forward to a tech book for the first time in a long time. [This] is going to be rad"–Brian LeRoux, creator Phone Gap