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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Poorly formatted code, doesn't teach concepts

This book is a great introduction to Javascript. It gives simple examples of things you can do, and gives little add-ons to allow you to build real world functionality into your web site. A few more pages and another concept or two, and this is 5 stars...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you write code, read this book. Period.

I just wish they required this book for CS Students in college. It could cut my frustrations in half in the average day of being a programmer. It helped me immensely improve my programming skills and gave me some practical advice on how to deal with the Non-programmer types in the office that keep trying to "help" me out. This is absolutely a must read for any programmer out there regardless of platform.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Web Design, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent "Beginners' Web Design Manual"

What I love about this book is the author's gentle approach to teaching the readers about designing your own web site, whether it's a personal or for business use. The book's first part deals with "how to get started," how the World Wide Web and the Internet works, uploading your web site pages, and the steps involved in designing a page.

There's also several chapters about HTML, from creating a simple page, Cascading Style Sheets (very well explained), and also creating tables and frames, which to the uninitiated can seem like a daunting task. There's even a chapter about "web colors," and you can spend a lot of time playing around with and deciding on colors you want for your web site. There's also a lot of discussion about web graphics, and the differences between JPG's and GIF's and their ideal uses.

Clearly the author covers a lot of material in this book and leaves the reader with an excellent overall idea of constructing web pages.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you are lazy and want CGI in Java....

CWB is wonderful book. I look through a lot of similar books and did not find anything which might be compared to it. It really makes difference by its conceptual orientation backed up with illustrative examples. Currently I am in the middle of this book and I have feeling that I am moving in right direction.