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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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very Helpful...In Some Areas

This book was a very good HTML guide for most aspect of creating a site. Some areas, however, they did not explain very clearly. In the Frames section, for instance, they did not have a very good example, and it was very difficult to suceed in this area without checking other HTML books. The Forms section was great, except they didn't show you anything much about how to recieve forms. This book was humorous, and quite informative. A definite buy for any beginner in the world of HTML coding, IF you ignore some of the weak areas.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Developer Advanced Forms and Reports
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Peter Koletzke, Paul Dorsey
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Reports Section is VERY WEAK !

I purchased this book unseen <I know better now> it appears to be very good for Forms, but it contains very little information on Reports, none of which I would consider "Advanced" <The reason i bought the book>. I do not develope Forms, so this was another waste of money on Oracle Press books.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Aha! Book

Eric Meyer has shown once again that he can provide exactly what the industry needs at the time that it is needed. Now that CSS is working similarly for the most part in the top 3 browsers, this book comes with perfect timing.
Meyer's previous books, such as "Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide", were great. I still have several photocopied pages of that book taped up around my monitor (like the complete box model from chapter 8). I raved about "CSS 2.0 Programmer's Reference" when it came out; it was exactly what was needed for a DHTML programmer.
This new book, however, truly brings CSS to the masses. I really like the slick, color pages used by the publisher, New Riders. I think this is finally the book that will make CSS so accessible that it will become what it was intended to be: the norm.
"Eric Meyer on CSS" does an excellent job of drawing parallels between CSS syntax and HTML. The book presents realistic situations in a project-oriented approach. The code is broken down into step-by-step bites that really remind me of the Sams "Teach Yourself in 24 Hours" books. But make no mistake: this book is useful for advanced users, too. One can never have access to too many tips & tricks!
My first experience with Cascading Style Sheets came as a challenge from a 17 year old who in 1997 said "get on the bandwagon, gramps" and start writing CSS. So I opened up Notepad and started writing CSS, afterwards looking at it in Internet Explorer 3.0. That was the summer of 1997, and I was 29 years-old. My previous experience writing RTF-based Help told me this was exactly what HTML needed. But extensive use of CSS seemed slow to catch fire.
In 1997-1999 I was using CSS in an ideal setting: on a company intranet where all users were using at least IE 4.01. But as I moved on to other web sites during the "dot-com" craze, I found that my use of CSS would be limited due to varied browser usage throughout the World Wide Web.
We're now at a point with IE6/NN6 (and Opera, too) where widespread use of CSS--and advanced CSS at that--is possible. "Eric Meyer on CSS" is going to be an important tool in making that happen. Do yourself a favor and learn all of the CSS syntax you can from this book instead of relying only on a point-and-click GUI. There are excellent tools available, such as TopStyle, but these tools are no replacement for "mastering the language of web design", as noted on this book's cover.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE book if you ever want to be a serious Perl freak

If anything I'm glad O'Reilly published this revised edition of Programming Perl, because my first version was just in horrible shape. I don't think it would have made it another week. Too many long nights, spilled soda and moments of rage and frustration, take its toll on a book. So, I retired the first version and began to break in the new version. This new version covers Perl 5 (not Perl5) in a way that actually makes a dummy like me understand. Not only is this book good reading, but is also by far the most useful Perl reference (in particular the chapter covering Perl's various functions). This book really shows you that Perl isn't just some nice little language that makes cute little guestbooks for the homepage, but is a full featured, powerful development language strong enough to take on the most demanding Unix environment (and have enough room left over to conquer any Windows NT server). This is a must read for anyone remotely interested in Perl programming