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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning XML (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Hunter, Andrew Watt, Jeff Rafter, Kurt Cagle, Jon Duckett, Bill Patterson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Solid Intro to XML and related technologies


Having worked with XML for over a year, I was skeptical when a colleague recommended this book as an introduction for XSLT. But, I found it an excellent read. Using this book, I've built a small portal framework that uses XML and XSLT to seperate the logic and presentation layers. I also took the time to read the rest of the book and found it accurate and clear. Especially the part about namespaces.
Now, if Wrox would just do something about these ugly covers! I'll look in a mirror when I want to see a computer geek. :-)



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
Review on the book HTML 4


I'm new to the web. Knew almost nothing of computers & purchased a web tv. Almost as soon as I got on the web I was hearing of HTML's & saw the fun You can have with them and how useful they can be. I purchased this book, and was doing HTML's real quick. I haven't had the chace to learn all of it yet but it's a nice and quick place to look up stuff You may need or just to enjoy, as I've done with My e-mail and web page. I highly recommend this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Sample Code Doesn't Work


Mr. Eckel gets high marks for his comfortably readable prose. He also gets good marks for examples that -- in reading -- seem to explicate his points. He gets very poor marks, however, for the examples as sample code. After downloading the sample code from his web site, I can't get anything beginning with Chapter 3 to compile. It appears the samples make use of some custom utilities that the compiler can't find. I bought the book to learn Java, but it appears I have to know enough Java to interpret cryptic compiler codes so I can try out the samples. This is unhelpful and very, very frustrating. It also leads me to question the quality of the information in the book despite the clarity of the writing.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CSS Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric Meyer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
2nd Edition just released


For those fretting about the lack of CSS2 support in this book, fear not! The second edition was just released, and covers through CSS 2.1

I have the older edition, and can't wait to get my hands on the new one. Very handy if you're working on a website but not actually online at the time. (If I'm online I just "Google it" and generally get it faster that _any_ paper book could!)

This book is truly a reference for people who already know CSS -- it is not great for teaching you if you're not already familiar. But for what it is, it is very nicely done.