Fun. Quirky. Interactive.

ProseTech is a micro-publisher created by best-selling science and tech author Matthew MacDonald. It makes fun books that can help you conquer the world.


Young Coder

Young Coder is a Medium partnered publication about coding, science, and tech — usually with a twist. We love quirky science, creative coding, and all the places inspiration meets semicolons.

A Tiny Introduction to JavaScript

150 pages. 35 interactive exercises on CodePen. No setup required (just a web browser). Pay what you want, or get it completely free.

Halfwit to Hero

Our Halfwit to Hero series uses short chapters and online exercises to help you master tech topics like Excel and WordPress.


Our (upcoming) CodeQuest series teaches programming to kids by wrapping the concepts in fantasy and science-fiction stories.

Cthulhu for Kids

Our Cthulhu Halloween project abridges a selection of stories by cosmic horror writer H. P. Lovecraft into more kid-friendly versions.

Other Publishers

If you’re looking for the books Matthew MacDonald has written for other publishers, including the Missing Manuals series for O’Reilly and .NET programming books for Apress, you can find them here.

What’s New

New Release: JavaScript Cookbook, 3rd Edition

Finally off to the printers! I had a great time contributing to this one—it’s a cookbook-style guide for problems and practices with modern JavaScript, from fiddly things that frustrate you[…]

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New Release: A Tiny Introduction to JavaScript

150 pages. 35 fun and interactive exercises on CodePen. No setup required (just a web browser). Available in print (good) or as a a PDF ebook (even better). Best of[…]

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WordPress: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition

It’s been a while! The first edition of WordPress: The Missing Manual was released almost exactly 8 years ago to a very different world. Websites were complicated, web hosts were[…]

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