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|Posted: Thu Nov 18, 2004 11:38 pm Post subject: Book Review - The Web Programmers Desk Reference
Web Programmers Desk Reference
Author(s): Lazaro Issi Cohen & Joseph Issi Cohen
Publisher: No Starch Press
Book Specifications: Soft-Cover, 1085 pages
Category: Web page programming
User Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Suggested Publisher Price: $59.95 USA/ $83.95 CAN/ £37.95 Net UK (inc of VAT)
Amazon.co.uk: Web Programmers Desk Reference
Amazon.com: Web Programmers Desk Reference
Info from Back: "One of the challenges of web programming is remembering what you can do with what, and what works with everything else. Sure, you can create a button, but can you change its color and font to match the style of your site? And are you sure it will look the same on all browsers? With “The Web Programmer’s Desk Reference”, you can find stuff you never knew existed, look up stuff you’re a bit rusty on, or find what’s compatible with familiar stuff so you can develop something even better.”
When you think of the web (or the internet depending on your terminology), what first comes to mind? For me, the first thought is a web site. The bulk of the web today is composed of websites whether they be commercial, or personal. Makes sense does it not? It would make for a boring online experience if all you did was ftp downloads, and ssh connections. Just what is a web site composed of, or for that matter built with?
Content & Overview
Gone over in lengthy detail in chapter five are HTML elements. Each element has an example usage, a description, and proper syntax. The authors of this book made sure that the new XHMTL standard was observed. What does that mean? Simply put that all HTML elements and attributes are in lowercase. Chapter five was a bit lengthy I found but this book is billed as a complete reference. Mind you this chapter certainly substantiates that claim, and is covered well.
An important area for web programmers is how will the web browser interpret the web page they have just designed? In chapters nine and ten of this book the Microsoft Internet Explorer behaviours, filters, and transitions are covered. For this chapter’s contents to be put into practice you will need IIS installed. It is in this chapter that you will also learn about the various behaviour types, and how to use them. You will also be shown what the default Microsoft behaviours are as well. Due to the sheer size of the book and the many chapters contained, all chapters are not covered in this section. For a full listing of the chapters click here and then navigate to the books contents please as a direct url was not found.
Style and Detail
The way a book is laid out, and more importantly written is very important. In this book each chapter begins with a bolded and oversized font, which quickly relates what is to come. I personally found that to be nicely done. Inside the book itself are a great deal of code snippets, and explanations as befits a reference book. Personally I couldn’t fathom writing such an exhaustive treatment on this subject, but the authors have done an admirable job of including all required detail. Due to the sheer size, and weight of the book you can easily keep the book open on a specific page with a minimum of fuss. Lastly, the extremely well detailed table of contents is very good. This will help you maximize your time by quickly finding what it is you are looking for. Always a plus!
This book gets an SFDC 8/10 from me
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