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From the Back Cover
After you have a solid foundation, you will explore dynamic generation of Web content using server-side scripting and back-end databases. And you’ll practice what you learn by building a sample application as you go.
What you will learn from this book
- How to identify and correct flaws in your code
- Techniques for programming the browser
- How to use Microsoft® Script Debugger and Netscape Script Debugger
- Ways to manage cross-browser issues
Who this book is for
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
About the Author
Paul Wilton. After an initial start as a Visual Basic applications programmer at the Ministry of Defense in the U.K., Paul found himself pulled into the Net. Having joined an Internet development company, he spent the last 5 years helping create Internet solutions and is currently working on an e-commerce website for a major British bank.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Paul Wilton's book is very well-written and easy to follow. Even skimming the stuff I thought I knew I'd find cool new things I'd never heard of.
As a bonus, his section on Regular Expressions, another topic I'd found difficult for years, is a real eye-opener. He goes through the RegExp thought process step by step, gradully revealing more powerful options, with useful examples. I'm finally going to USE Regular Expressions! And I'm not the only one who found this enlightening. Wilton was hired to cover Regular Expressions in a few other books as well.
The first edition is dated, of course, due to browser changes mainly. The transition from Classic ASP to ASP.NET is another area where the technology has changed, but the basic information on the language itself is as relevant as ever. That notwithstanding, I'll have to purchase the 2nd edition now that I'm aware of it's existence.
The only reservation I have is with the exercises at the end of each chapter; it would have been good to have had small exercise sections through each chapter instead of just a broad sweep of a few exercises at the end. A lot of material is covered and I found it hard to absorb except in very small sections. Still, if this were the case, the book would probably be twice the length! It all comes down to what suits different readers. It's great that the code for the various examples can be downloaded from the publisher's site, but I find it's best to type the code in line by line and read the explanatory text with it.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone starting out webpage design. It will be money well spent.
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