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HTML 4 For Dummies®: Quick Reference Plastic Comb – Jan 16 1998


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  • Plastic Comb: 228 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd.; 1 edition (Jan. 16 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764503324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764503320
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,988,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
I had new a little html before I got this book but after I got this book my web pages went from looking like something a high school freshman could do after a weekend to something that looks fairly professional I really enjoyed this book and will be getting java for dummies also if it half as good as this one
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By KDMask on April 26 2004
Format: Paperback
This is the first HTML book I bought and it's become my favorite. Not only did I learn how to build a webpage from scratch, I continue to learn new tricks from it every time I dip inside. This is great if you want to learn how to code your pages and not rely on templates. There's also a quick and handy color code guide in the back.
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Format: Plastic Comb
Over the years, I've learned many programming languages (technically, HTML isn't one, but I'll ignore that technicality). The primary way I've learned them is with books, such as those by MS Press, Sams and even the Dummies series. Many programming books are bad; the Dummies books, particularly so. They tend to overly dumb down concepts to a point of being so vague that the message is lost.
But not this book.
The information in HTML4 Quick Reference is highly concentrated. It does start out so simply that a developer new to HTML is rightfully tempted to skip the first few chapters. Fortunately, the structure of the book allows one to do this. Outside of the absolute most basic things (The structure of HTML, links and images), each part (The book is divided in to parts & sections, not chapters) stands independently. Each part is, for lack of a better comparison, a step-by-step guide.
The only real "style" the code has is that each tag is placed on its own line. It lacks indenting, something that is quite necessary in a hierarchy-based language such as HTML. But this could be as much due to the books small form-factor as the authors' personal preference.
The book does feature a writing style for code, though. One of the most important things the Rays preach is writing tags in pairs, e.g.
<form>
</form>
and then filling in the attributes as opposed as right-to-left, top-to-bottom style that many other books take. They also make effective use of formatting their own sample code with bold to highlight additions.
At least one of the reviews before me claimed the color-reference to be worth the price of the book alone. While, admittedly, it is handy, it is slightly flawed.
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