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Interview with Dale Nguyen

Dale Nguyen is the author of Next-Level UI Development with PrimeNG; we got the chance to sit down and find out more about his experience of writing with Packt.

Q: What is the name of your book?

Dale: Next-Level UI Development with PrimeNG

Q: What are your specialist tech areas?

Dale: Software Development, Angular, GCP, StartUps, FinchTech.

Q: How did you become an author for Packt? Tell us about your journey. What was your motivation for writing this book?

Dale: I usually write blog posts on Angular topics. One day, a PM from Packt reached out to me for an Angular book opportunity. So, I took my chance and followed through the process to finish my book. It was an exciting learning opportunity

Q: What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning the book?

Dale: The content of the book relates to what I do for work, so I was not worried about the technical content. I was researching how to organize the content in a way that the readers can follow through easily. It took a few weeks to finalize the process.

Q: Did you face any challenges during the writing process? How did you overcome them?

Dale: How to dedicate time efficiently is the most challenging task. Since the process of writing a book takes about eight months to finish, you have to plan the time that you spend on each chapter smartly. Otherwise, you will easily get behind. Overestimating a little bit is key since you don’t know what will happen during the writing process, such as sickness, family issues, extra work from your company, etc.

Q: What’s your take on the technologies discussed in the book? Where do you see these technologies heading in the future?

Dale: Angular is a strong front-end framework backed by Google. It has made a lot of changes recently to improve performance and reduce the learning curve for new developers. It and is still one of the top choices for organizations to build their frontend solutions. For PrimeNG, the team is strongly pushing out updates and keeps up with the releases from the Angular team. PrimeNG is a great choice for fast development for Angular developers.

Q: Why should readers choose this book over others already on the market? How would you differentiate your book from its competition?

Dale: There are not a lot of competitors for PrimeNG books. The other book about PrimeNG & Angular is pretty outdated. This new book contains the latest changes and best practices from Angular and PrimeNG, which makes it a great choice for Angular developers.

Q: What are the key takeaways you want readers to come away with from the book?

Dale: Building a responsive web application is a rewarding endeavor that opens doors to a myriad of possibilities. Whether you’re creating projects for clients, users, or personal satisfaction, the knowledge gained in this book equips you with the tools to deliver exceptional user experiences. As you move forward, embrace the journey of continuous learning and innovation in the dynamic field of web development. Happy coding!

Q. What advice would you give to readers jumping into this technology? Do you have any top tips?

Dale: A good understanding of plain JavaScript is important. Hands-on practice is the key to improving your skills and knowledge.

Q. Do you have a blog that readers can follow?

Dale: You can follow me on Medium: https://dalenguyen.medium.com/

Q: Can you share any blogs, websites, and forums to help readers gain a holistic view of the tech they are learning? What are the key takeaways you want readers to come away with from the book?

Dale: Here you are: https://angular.dev/ and https://primeng.org/

Q. How would you describe your author’s journey with Packt? Would you recommend Packt to aspiring authors?

Dale: I got a lot of help from the editors and the Packt team. I would highly recommend Packt to aspiring authors.

Q. Do you belong to any tech community groups?

Dale: The Angular community on Twitter is pretty strong. I usually keep myself updated via Twitter updates.

Q. What are your favorite tech journals? How do you keep yourself up to date on tech?

Dale: TLDR series is my favourite one: https://tldr.tech/webdev?ref=2915479

Q. How did you organize, plan, and prioritize your work and write the book?

Dale: Planning is crucial. Try to break the chapter into smaller sections, then spend time writing each section every day. I’m working full time, so the weekend is when I spend most of the time finalizing the chapter.

Q. What is that one writing tip that you found most crucial and would like to share with aspiring authors?

Dale: Writing a book without a writing habit is stressful. Start with writing blog posts first. You can write anything that you like, and be consistent.

Q. Would you like to share your social handles? If so, please share.

Dale: Here is my LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dalenguyenblogger/

You can find Dale’s book on Amazon by following this link: Please click here

Next-Level UI Development with PrimeNG on Amazon.com