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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Php Web Development With Macromedia Dreamweaver Mx 2004
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Rachel Andrew, Allan Kent, David Powers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Powerful as Assyrian


This book is very good book period.
It cover the php in a very interesting way.Excellent for anybody.
Long live Assyria, the greatest.



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
It's simply the best place to start.


Clearly written with easy-to-follow examples, Elizabeth Castro leads you through the basics of hand coding your site. Her friendly website offers comfort to the perplexed. I'm guessing her readers don't stay perplexed very long. I was stuggling with GoLive. My only regret is I didn't find this book sooner.It got me going and keeps me going.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Castro strikes again!


Another very good book by Elizabeth Castro. A little over a year and a half ago I read her CGI/Perl book and started writing CGI scripts immediately, and even took a gig as a professional CGI programmer last year (I did read some other books along the way).
After finishing Castro's XML book, I fully expect to be able to pass the brainbench.com certification on XML. So why only four stars, not five?
There are some things that I could cite that others might find as a good thing. For instance, a lot of things are repeated over and over. Maybe that just helps drill in the information, and more power to Ms. Castro for being able to do so and keep the book down to a couple of hundred pages.
No, the reason I dock Ms. Castro a half point is this: she fails to mention SGML, from which XML is derived. I'm not just being a purist, either, because I know you can write an excellent book on a technical subject without giving all the details about how a particular language or protocol came to be.
But in this case I believe it was necessary, because not only is XML derived from SGML, but so too is HTML! In fact, a "valid" HTML document that meets W3C standards will begin with a line specifying the "doctype" that actually points at the DTD (document type definition) for HTML. For those interested in more information, look up "SGML" on whatis.com.
Ms. Castro could have spent 2 or 4 pages explaining this when explaining the difference between DTD's and XML Schema. It might have helped make a little more sense of what is becoming a large and messy subject; it would have been the little tiny bit of "theory" that would have put this book over the top.
Still though, Castro does a fine job informing the reader of what they need to know to begin to put XML into practice. For those who are interested in seeing a commercial application putting XML and SGML and HTML to use, I suggest you look at the underlying code when you save a Word 2000 document as HTML!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Model Resource Book, Vol. 1: A Library of Universal Data Models for All Enterprises
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Len Silverston, Len Silverston
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A real time-saver!


As the Chief Architect of a major B2B manufacturing software company, I've had ample occasion to utilize this book. We were often struggling to understand the intricacies of our client's businesses so that we could model them correctly with as little frustration as possible. This book made a huge difference. I spent over 6 months modeling an industrial strength product catalog that eventually was demonstrated by Steve Ballmer at the Chicago .NET roll-out party. It did not lack for features. Yet, I could have easily reduced the development time by 3-4 months had I had this book in hand. While it didn't have *all* the answers, it would have been a significant short-cut.
Later, I used it to model office locations for a global corporation. Although our customer had originally asked us to only model US offices, I correctly anticipated that they would quickly want to expand internationally. Fortunately, this book showed me the way and the new requirement was implemented without major disruptions to the existing code.
Definitely a huge time saver and well worth the small price.