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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: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
least intimidating intro but leaves one yearning for more


Each chapter describes a certain aspect of the language to include code snippets to illustrate the main points being taught...its a great jumpstart into javascript, but once one gets proficient with the language, i find i hardly use it as it is insufficient as a reference manual and doesn't delve deeply into the strategies for constructing web applications via javascript.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Impressive


My husband bought this book and I didn't understand why, until I read some other HTML guides. This is better! It's clear, concise, funny, opinionated and classy



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Perl DBI
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alligator Descartes, Tim Bunce
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
all the basics in one place


i am finding this book very useful. i am not a complete beginner, but i like having a single resource that answers most of my questions. I like seeing the big picture of how things fit together and this book does it well. The initial chapters on flat-file db's filled in some blanks for me.
If you're an expert, the book will not help you as much as it has me, naturally. So I recommend the book for beginner to intermediate perl database programmers.



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
Best HTML reference I've found


I'm a big fan of the Visual Quickstart Guide series, and Elizabeth Castro's "HTML 4 for the World Wide Web" is no exception. Extremely easy to follow, H4ftWWW is great for beginners to be introduced to the basic concepts of how to create web pages and troubleshoot their problems. Ms. Castro offers plenty of sidebar advice on common missteps and typos web designers encounter (which I can relate to), as well as the inevitable problems that come with the cross-platform nature of the Web: Netscape vs. Internet Explorer vs. Mozilla vs. whatever, Windows vs. Macintosh issues are all taken into consideration. Even for people who use WYSIWYG web page creators like FrontPage, H4ftWWW is handy for learning to fix the numerous problems that such programs create. For seasoned web designers like myself, Castro's book is great as a reference for things I don't use often, such as ordered lists and forms. But it doesn't end there: Castro also delves into the basics of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and DHTML, which seems to be the future of web design. All in all, "HTML 4 for the World Wide Web" is simply the best of its kind -- for beginners and pros alike.