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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Pain-free CSS


Eric Meyer is the acknowledged master of CSS, the new styling mechanism for the Web. His newest book, which completes a CSS book trilogy, reflects this vast experience. On the surface this book is a collection of 13 redesign projects, each illustrating different aspects of CSS layout techniques and HTML. Underneath is a philosophy, a way of thinking, and a collection of ideas. The book makes CSS look relatively easy, when in fact it's not.
The projects illustrate (in full color) how to rework existing designs in CSS, from the simple to the sublime. As you're reading the book, you get the feeling Meyer isn't fighting the medium, he's working with it in almost a Zen-like way. Tables can stay and be styled or go, it doesn't seem to matter to him.
Meyer works within browser bugs and limitations and shows a hack-free path through CSS layout and font styling techniques. Only in the last chapter, where he nearly recreates the layout of the book in CSS, does he resort to voice family hacks to work around browser bugs.
Each of the thirteen projects has the same basic framework. He strips example designs down to pure structural HTML and builds them back up, CSS layer by CSS layer until the design technique is recreated. Everything from hyperlink styles and menu skinning, print style sheets, forms, multicolumn layouts, fixing backgrounds, and recreating the book's own layout in CSS is covered, not an easy task.
Meyer's prose is also easy to take, peppered with pithy quotes and humorous headlines. The net effect feels like you are looking over his shoulder, watching and listening to him redesign web sites that will be "forward compatible" and made to last. Meyer makes learning CSS seem easy. As Jeffrey Zeldman wrote in the foreword, I don't know how he does it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Got to read it!


if there was 12 i would rate it that way. great book in all respects, the author does a great job of writing about math and paradoxes in such a way that even one without any prior math education can enjoy the book. stimulating for the mind. read it!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding SNMP MIBs
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David T. Perkins, Evan McGinnis
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
NOT for Beginners!


I found this book to be excellent in helping me write my own SNMP MIBs for my job. No other reference or book was even close.
The book focuses on explaining SNMP MIBs and their syntax. This is extremely important, because the SNMP MIB syntax, while standardized by the IETF RFCs, is not followed strictly by vendors (probably because they didn't have this book).
The strength of this book is that it provides PRACTICAL information on making your own MIBs. Whereas books like Stalling's SNMP book cover the standard, they don't always give you the practical day-to-day help for your job. The authors experience in SNMP MIBs is geniuine as evidenced by their development of a commercial MIB compiler.
Now the negatives:1) This book was published in 1997 and needs updating2) Book plugs the author's own MIB compiler. These days otherMIB compilers are available. Nice to have it included on the CDROM3) Authors periodically express their "Own Opinion" regarding RFCs and make their recommendations. While these are interesting, I don't find them useful. For example, recommending disallowing hypens from labels from v1 to v2. At this point, the standard is the standard. Again, these may have made more sense in 1997.
In summary, buy this book if you are a need to understand MIBs - either a MIB writer or an SNMP developer.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book to learn HTML quickly!


After reading several really extensive books, I happened to find Elizabeth Castro's book, "HTML FOR THE WORLD WIDE WEB." For such a slim book, it is jam packed with almost everything that you need to prepare excellent Web pages. She discusses everything from basic HTML to Multimedia. She recommends several editors for HTML. There are so many she couldn't mention them all, but HOTDOG is one that I use. It is simply the best editor in my humble opinion. The discussion on linking icons to external images was put to use immediately for the screen shots on a Web page that I had done. This book gets you "up and running" quickly! Thanks to the author for your gift of conciseness without loss of content.