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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (Dec 30 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470540702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470540701
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.7 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this field, it's hard to find something really usefull AND precise. This one hit the target on those point. Nonetheless, it could use an online help and exercice.
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Reasonably good material; frustratingly careless errors in material Aug. 23 2011
By James V. Sylvester - Published on
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This is a reasonably good text that balances a course of instruction with reference material that might be used in implementing the information the book presents. The text is comprehensive in that it provides, as promised, a solid introduction to HTML, XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript -- all of that is quite good.

There is, however, one huge and frustrating drawback. Either in the book or in the code that can be downloaded in tandem with the text, there are just too many careless errors and discrepancies. One can almost count on any exercise or example's having at least one misleading mistake. Many errors are just obvious looking at material on the printed page (as just typical examples: Why would there be two "TO:" boxes on an e-mail form? see page 212; why isn't there a "<" to start the first line of code on page 233?).

This is a text that has been through a number of editions; in light of that legacy, to find so many errata in a text for beginners is frustrating. It does not speak well of the editing precisions one would think a publisher seemingly as authoritative as Wrox would exercise.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and instructive Nov. 27 2010
By dark zebra - Published on
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This is one of the best written technical books that I've read lately. If you've wanted to know, "how do I make a web page from scratch?" this book will explain how, step by step. I'm already comfortable with most aspects of HTML, so I'm moving on to the more interesting areas: CSS and JavaScript. One of of my frustrations with CSS is remembering what properties to use, and this book has nice tables, examples, and exercises on this topic. This is almost like a textbook, or a self-help book. You don't need to be an absolute beginner to appreciate the organization of this book! I'm also interested in reading about the various JavaScript libraries that are popular today, including YUI and scriptaculous, which are discussed briefly. I don't really have anything that I'd like to see changed about this book. It's really up to the reader to decide what area to learn about next.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Well written text, confusing examples April 11 2011
By Erik Moldovan - Published on
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Overall, I really like this book. It's very practical and shows useful applications for each new thing taught. And the lessons do build on each other and flow together well. The exercises are helpful as well.

My problem comes from the "Example Cafe" website, which is the website you build and add to throughout the book. The code examples found on the publisher's website seem like they were made out of sync with the the book itself. A lot of examples include code never explained or shown before, code that's just plain wrong as well as things implemented but never requested from the website. I don't copy and paste, so these errors aggravate me. I almost spend as much time breaking down the example code and figuring out where the editors messed up as I am actually implementing features into my practice site. It's annoying and frustrating.

As a reference, very well structured and explained. As an exercise resource, aggravating and not worth using.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Lots of information, but also flawed June 26 2012
By T. Monem - Published on
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I would caution against using this book if you are a beginner looking for a good text to learn these web development fundamentals. There is a lot of information presented in the book, but the narrative is fairly dry (think a very boring college textbook) and the exercises presented throughout the book do not flow together in a progressive manner. I struggled through almost 2/3 of this book, and then moved to another book (CSS - The Missing Manual) that was far far better in terms of the ease of the narrative and the presentation of exercises.
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Great Referance Aug. 9 2011
By Stephen Brennan - Published on
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This book is a great referance tool on XHTML, however I felt that the chapters on frames, CSS and Javascript were weaker than the rest of the book. The book reads like a reference book rather than an instructional guide and some people may find this off putting. For them I would recommand that they read Ian Lloydd's book first, and then come back to this one to fill in the gaps. All in all I am please with this book.

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