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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
Great for learning and a great reference...

It is a rare find to have a book that works well both as a learning tool and a reference. Elizabeth Castro's HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS is one of them.

The book is organized by the way people think about web design. There are chapters on basic structure, tags, and formatting. There are chapters on images, links, and styles. Lists, tables, frames, forms, multimedia, and scripts are also well covered. The author not only covers the syntax, but also provides tips on what works well and what does not.

Every page is organized in two columns. One column includes the "how to" text, and the other is an example. Tips are provided to identify differences between browsers, changes in standards, etc. The updated (5th) edition includes how to create web pages using CSS without tables. There is also a chapter on using tables for layout(the old way). It's important to know both if you need to support legacy browsers.

Appendices are provided as a reference listing (X)HTML elements and attributes, CSS properties and values, intrinsic events (for triggering a script), the codes for symbols and characters, color codes, a tutorial on hexadecimal numbers, and a list of web tools.

This book is a good learning tool for beginners and a good reference for experienced web designers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Oh boy, it is good. Best of its kind.

This is the most useful book that I ever had. If you are like me, who is new to Perl and want to use Perl "right away" to solve some problems, then this book is for you. Also, this book also shows how easy and convenient to program Perl for the impatient.
Mr. Hall (author of Effective Perl Programming) said that this book's subject is broad (not deep), and I add: this book shows solutions to many problems that most will encouter at some time.
this is a great cookbook that harness the power of Perl, and is also FUN to read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Find It Online, Fourth Edition : The Complete Guide to Online Research (Find It Online: The Complete Guide to Online Research)
Publisher: Facts on Demand Press
Authors: Alan M. Schlein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
BETTER THAN GOOGLE or at least in addition to GOOGLE

Alan Schlein is the guru of search and find online . An award winning journalist he knows how to navigate through cyberspace. He includes lots of pointers from industry experts and divides the chapters into easy to find sections ranging from a) search strategy to search tools to b) saving and downloading your results to scouring government documents and public records-- great for ancestry searches and wills and other legal documents to getting the latest in news resourcesonline. A fabulous addition for any business book shelf and it belongs on every researcher's desk. Plus his section on Privacy Protection and your identity is probably worth the price of the book alone. I know and have the honor of having met the author-- he's a sharp guy who continues to update this reference tool and really knows his stuff.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering BEA WebLogic Server: Best Practices for Building and Deploying J2EE Applications
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Gregory Nyberg, Robert Patrick, Paul Bauerschmidt, Jeff McDaniel, Raja Mukherjee, Gregory Nyberg, Robert Patrick
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good information about weblogic

This book is worth every penny of its cover price. I found it to be goldmine of information, and I've been working with WLS since 4.5.1. A combination of reading/skimming this book, combined with my day-to-day WLS 8.1 work allowed me to gain a WLS 8.1 certification with little trouble.
The only thing they could do to improve it is to collect the best practices sidebars and print them on the inside covers, as many of the nicer patterns books do.