Murach's HTML, XHTML, and CSS Paperback – Jul 5 2010
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Whether you re just starting out in web development or you d like to update your existing skills, this book gets you off to a fast start! In fact, in just the first 6 chapters, you ll learn more about web development than you can from most full books. By the end of this crash course, you ll be developing web pages the professional way, with HTML or XHTML for the content and CSS for the formatting and page layout. That includes sophisticated page layouts that require the use of the box model, floating, and positioning.
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+ Starts with the basics and explains them well
+ Works systematically to develop skills
+ Covers all of the major stuff you need for building a web-site
+ Teaches good practices
- Never moves to the intermediate level; I couldn't do more than just refresh basic skills (some of which were pretty rusty)
- I was hoping for more reference tables and the like--this is good for reading one time, but not for re-visiting
This book is best read by beginners. I wish I would have had it when I was starting out. Intermediate and advanced programmers ought to look elsewhere. This series seems to have a lot of other computer programming books for more advanced work. Hopefully, they are as well-written as this one.
20-30 pages each (short & sweet writing).
"Paired pages", the Murach trademark (left page: explanation / right page: examples, brief descriptions, key points).
Fast and novice-friendly read.
Easily finish the book in a week (two chapters a day).
Two weeks if you take your time (one chapter a day).
Recommend one chapter a day, take your time.
Familiarize yourself with the syntax and tools. Key point: fully grasp the fundamental concepts.
Good, fast refresher (2+ chapters a day).
Experienced with HTML but new to CSS and/or XHTML.
This book will probably bore you.
If you're already web development savvy and looking to beef up your skills, this book is not for you.
The book recommends using Notepad++ for Windows users.
I suggest using Microsoft's Visual Web Developer Express as well (both are free).
FORMAT DOCUMENT function: keep your code clean, structured, and easier to examine.
REAL-TIME VALIDATION: instead of validating through W3C website after coding to find errors.
Easy introduction to using an IDE while learning coding at the same time.
** note: you'll get a warning using W3C's website validation because VWD encodes the file in UTF-8 with BOM,
you can open the file in Notepad++ when your finished and convert it to UTF-8 without BOM to pass the W3C validation.
Each chapter includes a large amount of interesting and helpful diagrams, examples, and technical bullet points to help the reader quickly gain insight into the important points covered.
The cover says "Training and Reference", though my perception is more training than reference. I'd suggest Apress' "HTML and CSS Design Patterns" for use as a reference once you've mastered the concepts in this book.
In short: A very valuable learning resource for beginners to reach level of skill and productivity that allows them to deliver high quality code in a fairly short amount of time.