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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
THE Book on HTML 4

I maintain a few web sites and always try to keep up on the latest HTML technology. When I first spotted and skimmed through this book, I knew I had to have it. This is an excellent and informative book about HTML 4!
Elizabeth starts off with the basics in the first few chapters. Chapters on terminology and designing your page are at the book's beginning. I liked the chapter on text formatting and how the author points out which text formatting tags are being "phased out" by the W3C (the folk who set HTML standards). I'd sure like to ask the W3C why they insist on "phasing out" certain tags if neither browser fully supports Cascading Style Sheets, which the W3C would prefer every web designer use! :)) So now I know which tags are being phased out, but even so I'll keep using them. :)
Even though I'm kind of a "veteran" at designing web sites, I still found new pointers in the first several chapters.
I at first "dreaded" the later chapters (ie Frames, Forms and Cascading Style Sheets), because I knew little about them. However, as with everything else in this book, Elizabeth's descriptions of each of them made them sound quite easy and I wondered why I've been so afraid of them until now.
Another thing I liked about this book were the code examples on every page included along with the text. I'm someone who looks at "code" first and asks questions later, something that occasionally gets me in trouble..hehe. However, the examples make clear the concepts Elizabeth is trying to get across.
The appendices at the back of the book are also wonderful and are great to refer to. The entire book is easy to read and is a valuable reference tool for most web designers, be them a beginner or intermediate.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply the best book out there

When I bought this book, I had NO ASP experience. After recieving it I had created a functional ASP front end to a database whithin the first hour. I do reccommend, however that anyone with no Visual Basic experience also get a good book on VB along with this book.

Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Layout Index: Brochure, Web Design, Poster, Flyer, Advertising, Page Layout, Newsletter, Stationery Index
Publisher: North Light Books
Authors: Jim Krause
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
beginner's design and small

Read carefully, this book can fit in your pocket and the layout recommendations are for beginners only. If you are a professional designer, don't waste your money.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Unreal Technology : The Art of Level Design
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Jason Busby, Zak Parrish, Joel VanEenwyk
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Level Editing Made Easy!

Wow! This book does a great job at explaining the Unreal Editor in a simple, easy to understand way. When I first opened the editor, I was intimidated by the all the menus and commands, but this book really takes the mystery out of it. It also gives you the confidence you need to succeed in making your own levels in Unreal! The wording is coherent, the text is easy on the eyes, and the images are well organized and inspiring to look at. It even covers character modeling, rigging, and animating in Maya. What a deal! Level editing should be fun and this book does just that.