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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
It's Absolutely One Of The Best HTML Guides!

There are millions of Websites up and running on the Internet today. Although they vary significantly in their content, design, and use of technology, they all have one thing in common - they are dependent upon programming languages such as HTML to communicate with viewers. It's the HTML "coding" that presents text, graphics, photographs, sounds, video, and other programming options. A good understanding of HTML is necessary to produce an operational and effective online presence.
Elizabeth Castro has written HTML for the World Wide Web to provide Website designers of all skill levels with the latest ground-breaking HTML, XHTML, and Style Sheet tags. She presents a variety of sample scripts and illustrations to assist designers to create dynamic Websites. Whether the designer uses a commercially available HTML editor or works from scratch, this book will provide new and exciting programming options that can be put to immediate use!
The book is written in a clean, concise, and straightforward manner, cutting through the mountains of writing that weigh down most other books. After providing some brief Website design tips, Castro moves to the heart of the book, programming tags. Available programming tags are clearly presented and discussed, and accompanied by sample scripts and illustrations of their actual use on the same page. No need for page flipping here to see what each tag can accomplish.
Are you interested in putting some exciting programming features to work? Elizabeth Castro suggests that beginners read through the entire book and follow strict HTML guidelines when at all possible. Although her book is intended to be a strict HTML resource tool, it can also serve as a Website design guide that will offer quick design solutions to meet the growing demands of online publishing for a variety of users.
Castro recommends that Websites be designed simply, fast-loading, and accessible to those using a variety of browsers, platforms, and monitor settings. According to Castro universality is key. Her pet peeves are overpowering backgrounds and unwanted, unsolicited, self-loading obnoxious sounds! A convenient fold-out color chart at the back of the book identifies a selection of available Website colors. Other charts include listings of tags, special characters, and helpful Web development tools.
This is a top-rated book. Keep it within easy reach of your computer while designing Websites. It's extremely easy to read and thumb through to find the tag scripting and other information you need when you need it. Feel free to highlight text on pages, to fold the corners, and to insert bookmarks. Have it on hand. It's absolutely one of the best HTML guides available. Highly recommended!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Fundamentals of Database Systems, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ramez Elmasri, Shamkant B. Navathe
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not very useful

This book was a required textbook for my graduate database course. The theory that was presented was accurate, but was unnecessarily bogged bown with mathmatical representations of even the basic concepts and some material was somewhat dated. More real-world examples of the concepts would have been useful. I don't recommend buying this book unless it is required for a course - there are many other database-oriented resources available that would be more readable.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning XML, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Erik T. Ray
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good Intro to XML

Although I have yet to read this book cover to cover, I've paged through it and read snippets from each chapter. Learning XML gives a great overview of XML, DTDs, TLDs, SAX, DOM, etc. and explains the theory and ideas behind XML and why it's so great. If you want a casual intro to XML and don't feel the need to spend $60 on a 1,500 page WROX book, this is the perfect book for you.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The one and only.

Hi, my knowledge of Windows 2000 server was quite good before I read this book, I thought. Now I know much, much more of DNS zones, Operations Masters, running big networks and all, thats involved in Windows 2000 Server domains, than before.It's a large book over 1800 pages, but easy to read and you can't stop reading because it's so interesting. If you have Win 2000 server operating system at home then you can use it like an school book and learn how to do things. You gone have good use of this book, whether you are an Network technician or pure beginner. Buy the book and you won't regret it.