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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition) [Paperback]

Danny Goodman
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1.0 out of 5 stars Out of date and overpriced. June 29 2001
The reason this book ranks so high is that it's a thick, expensive, convoluted cookbook of singular examples without any real coverage of the subject matter.
In other words, its a marketing dept's dream!
This book hasn't been updated since 1998, and hasn't kept pace with technology.
..., the last chapter on DHTML is entitled "Looking Ahead to HTML 4.0" We're beyond HTML 4.0 and on to XHTML, XML, etc.!
The fact that this chapter ends on page 163 should tell you something. The Book is 1073 page long! The remaining 910 are poor references for HTML 3.2, Javascript 1, and CSS 1. All of which are out of date. And where is the analysis of the Document Object Model? Oh, I forgot, it gets 2 pages! The DOM IS WHAT MAKES DHTML POSSIBLE...
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book saved my sanity July 2 2001
By Yan
Ok, picture this: You get off an airplane after a 10 hour flight. Get 2 hours of sleep because you are jet lagging so bad you feel like you have been smoking ... all day. You are then informed that what you thought was a routine API programming assignment is now a Cross Browser support nightmare. I mean I had to create Javascript that would work with both Netscape 4.X - 6.X and IE 4.X - 5.X and in many ways mimic Server Side error handling on the Client. Frantically searching the web for references and materials for some form of stratedgy to start coding I came across this book. I have read Danny's Javascript Bible and decided to give this book as shot. In terms of DOM reference and listing what does and does not work in Netscape and IE I was able to develop a pretty decent API in 5 days.
This is not a HOW to BOOK. This is not for beginners. Will have to know how to code. This is a DHTML reference with some decent generic code examples. Combine this with the Javascript Bible and you got all the weapons you need to tackle Cross Browser DHTML. A must have for anyone forced to support various versions of browsers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but you may be disappointed... May 22 2001
As far as covering everything involved with Dynamic HTML, I definitely think this is the best book available. Many reviewers have already said that and if I listed everything good about it I'd just be repeating. So instead I'm going to explain why I gave it 4 stars rather than 5. The first 160 pages or so explain how everything ties together under Dynamic HTML and this was the content I was really looking for when I bought this book. But the next 800 pages or so are just individual references of HTML, CSS, DOM (document object mdoel), and JavaScript. I was a little let down as I already had thorough references on all of those topics except DOM which is the least useful of the four. I actually reccomend seperate books on each topic because they will go more in-depth on the topic and include neat extras that this book doesn't have. But if you want/need a comprehensive reference of the big 3 (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) all in one place, this is definitely your best choice. The question isn't whether or not this is a good book because it certainly is. The question is whether or not this book is worth spending $36. That all depends on personal preference and your existing library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mission Accomplished! Jan. 2 2001
In the Preface, Danny Goodman says that he wrote this book for selfish reasons, because (I'm paraphrasing) he was tired of having to go to several different sources to find information that should have been compiled together, and that he couldn't keep track of all of the contradictions and exceptions and browser specific features that were out there. He wanted...he needed...a book that had it all together in one handy package. So he set out to make that one handy package.
To that, I say "Mission Accomplished!"
I couldn't begin to count the times I have had to find the appropriate reference to see if a particular attribute could be used in a particular tag. Once I found what I was looking for, seldom would there be any additional information, like what other attributes I could use as well. The DOM Model was a dark mystery to me. Finding objects my workmates had used was the extent of "useful" information I had found in bulk.
Mr. Goodman's book has changed all of that. It is the closest I've found to a "definitive" reference on any programming topic. It covers HTML, the DOM, and CSS very well, including browser-specific information for both IE and Netscape. It includes the versions of said browsers compatibility with specific tags, attributes, etc. It also includes a JavaScript reference. The last four chapters of the book contain Cross References for HTML Attributes (look up an attribute to see what tags it can be used in), and DOM Properties, Methods, and Events.
One thing to note: This book is NOT going to teach you HTML/DHTML. It is strictly a reference, and the author makes no bones about that. Most examples in the book are one-liners, focusing on correct syntax as opposed to actual usability.
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The most important thing I can stress in my review is that this book is a reference. If you are new to programming, I would suggest getting more of a tutorial-based book. If you've done any work with HTML, scripting languages, and/or object-oriented programming, you won't believe how handy this book is.
This book is not just Dynamic HTML. The text is divided in to 5 different reference sections: Applying Dynamic HTML, HTML reference, DOM (Document Object Model), CSS reference & JavaScript reference. In fact, I'm trying to learn JavaScript and I almost feel that the JS reference contained within this book is so good, I don't need O'Reilly's JavaScript Definitive Guide.
One of the great things about this book is the treatment of IE vs. Netscape. For example, in the HTML reference, the author points out code syntax differences for each tag for both browsers. In the JavaScript reference, the author uses a consistent method of telling you after which browser version the specific object, property, and method is supported. Sorry if this is slightly confusing, the main thing is the solid treatment of browser support.
This book is sensational. For me, being a VB programmer but newbie web/JavaScript programmer, there are enough code examples within and the book is written well enough that I can use this immediately in my job. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference
If you do any sort of web design, whether as a do-it yourself novice or as a professional web designer, Dynamic HTML is a must have resource. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2007 by Tami Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't do the cool stuff without it
This book is essential for the Web Designer wishing to do more with the web. Start using it as a learner and before long it becomes your most used reference. Read more
Published on May 8 2002 by Fuathurio
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it, but a little dated now
I have used this book _extensively_ for several years, it is a terrific reference. What isn't stressed in the description is that in addition to being a DHTML ref, it also has very... Read more
Published on April 16 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an awesome refence book.
In my opinion this is an awesome reference book for DHTML,HTML,CSS and the DOM. I have used this book so much that the cover is about to come off of it! Read more
Published on April 11 2002 by Jeff
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reference at the time, but now outdated...
This is not a book for a beginner, but for the more experienced developer. This book is packed with information. Read more
Published on April 9 2002 by "dwinsor"
5.0 out of 5 stars the definitive reference for HTML
For me the most useful part of this book is the 100 or so pages of HTML specification. It specifies the elements, attributes and values accepted by HTML 4. Read more
Published on April 9 2002 by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
From the beginner to a well-seasoned programmer, this book adds a lot of value to your collection. The book gives you great examples and reasoning behind the different techniques... Read more
Published on March 22 2002 by Brad Sukut
2.0 out of 5 stars Can't keep up with lightspeed growth of web technologies
I bought this book a long time back when it was first published (first edition). If your target web browser is IE4 and NN4 then this book may deserve a 3 or 4 star rating. Read more
Published on March 15 2002 by Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars JavaScript !
Simply, It's NOT the book I was looking for.
I had "JavaScript bible" for "GOODMAN" before that, and it was better (But still NOT that good book though). Read more
Published on March 13 2002 by MegaX
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic by Danny Goodman
Just like his Javascript Bible, this is a superb reference book for client side scripters.
It is well organized and each area is clearly explained. Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2002 by Adso
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