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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must have for the techno illiterate....

Want your own website but don't even know what HTML stands for? You need this book. This is definitely a "for dummies" book. It walks you through the painstaking process of building Thine Own Space in Cyber and makes it fun instead of frightening. Highly recommend!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: New Perspectives on Creating Web Pages with HTML Third Edition - Comprehensive
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Patrick Carey
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Possibly the worst textbook of all...

Unless you are wanting to be completely confused and write poor HTML, don't buy this book. I have used the 2nd edition (same author) and a friend's 3rd edition. They have so many typo's in the code that some of it doesn't work. E.g., It doesn't always "quote" the attribute values in HTML coding tags as you are supposed to.
3rd edition, Tutorial-4, Case-1, gives step-by-step instructions to create the example web page, but with code that does Not exist! What is this code: < td width="200" bgcolor="back4.jpg" > ?? Is it for the background color or an image? Which is it!? It can't be both!
So in closing, this book is extremely poor and confusing. Please ask your school to quit buying this series of programming books.
If you want to learn competant HTML quickly and learn it well, use the free online tutorials from www . w3schools . com. Because this group of people created HTML and there are sure to be no errors.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent ! Buy this book and you won't be dissapointed

The reviews here are spot-on! If you have been trying to get started in programming but just can't get off the ground, this is the book for you. Not only will you get through it, but you will have fun! I can't put this book down, and when I started I didn't know the first thing about C or programming.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Crystal Bead

In honor of the 20th anniversary, I put up a review I wrote 11 years
ago, for a school assignment:
When I am feeling that life is pointless
or unwondrous, I read Douglas Hofstadter's =Godel, Escher, Bach=; time
and time again, this book leaves me in awe over the interconnectedness
of several "unrelated" subjects, over order arising from
apparent chaos. This book made me regain my faith in and admiration of
the beauty of math, art, music, and the universe -- the beauty that is
almost never shown in a class or revealed in a "scholarly"
work; after reading it, the isolation of those subjects from the rest
of the conceptual world seems simply ludicrous. Each time in reading I
am challenged to discover more connections, more self-references, more
meaning in the several subjects presented. In short, reading this book
is like a religious experience for me -- I love it.
From GEB:
"The Buddhist allegory of 'Indra's Net' tells of an endless net
of threads throughout the universe...At every crossing of threads is
an individual and every individual is a crystal bead. The great light
of 'Absolute Being' illuminates and penetrates every crystal bead;
moreover, every crystal bead reflects not only the light from every
other crystal in the net -- but also every reflection of every
reflection throughout the universe."
Hofstadter's book is the
perfect example of one of those crystal beads; Hofstadter portrays (or
"reflects") several subjects in his work, e.g., formal
systems, Zen, moplecular biology, the art of fugues and canons, model
of the brain, various geometries, number theory, Holism
vs. Reductionism, and much more, and then shows the
"reflections" of the subjects in one another -- truly a
large task. For the most part, he comes across quite well; his
dialogues which encapsulate and discuss ideas to be presented, his
"dogmaps" which outline parallel ideas and "map"
them onto one another, and his relatively simple language enable him
to communicate his ideas quite easily. However, this book is quite
weighty -- almost 800 pages long, full of digressions and
perspective-blowing ideas; many ideas and underlying themes must be
sought out within the dialogues, many open-ended questions are left
for the reader to ponder. If you aren't used to flexible or abstract
thinking, and you don't want to work very hard in reading, this book
isn't for you.
GEB is an unique "nonfiction" book -- it does
not address one subject, or even several "closely related"
subjects. Even though published in 1979, many parts deal with research
still going on today [this is still true in 2001, as it was in
1990]. For example, Hofstadter presents a possible model for a brain
to be used in artificial intelligence in computers -- one of many
models being studied today in that field. In one short section, he
presents recursive graphs that were generated in theoretical
experiments -- graphs that bear some similarity to the modern study of
fractals. Especially in the area of computer science, Hofstadter
leaves several goals for people to attain -- goals that may never be
realized, but perhaps goals that will enlighten us as we seek to
attain them.
The ideas in this book shall live long past its authorr;
I can say no more but that the people who awarded the Pulitzer Prize
to this book made no mistake.