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Webmaster in a Nutshell [Paperback]

Robert Eckstein , Stephen Spainhour
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Dec 28 2002 0596003579 978-0596003579 Third Edition

First, there was HTML. Then along came JavaScript. Close on the heels of JavaScript came CSS and before you mastered that, along came XML. Behind every successful web page is an overworked and underappreciated webmaster with a big pile of books about various web technologies spilling out across their desk.That collection of books is a valuable resource for delving into the topics at depth (and at leisure). But when you need an answer fast, the dog-eared book you'll turn to again and again is the new third edition of Webmaster in a Nutshell.This concise and portable quick reference distills an immense amount of information on several languages and technologies into one compact reference book. This is one book that will pay for itself a thousand times over in time saved and increased productivity.Webmaster in a Nutshell puts a fast-paced introduction, detailed reference section, and quick reference guide to each technology all within easy reach. It's packed full of the genuinely useful information a webmaster needs daily, whatever the technology, including:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • XML
  • CGI
  • JavaScript
  • HTTP
  • PHP
  • Apache
This thorough, clear, and accessible reference makes it easy to find the information you want about the technologies you use. You'll keep your other books on the shelf; you'll keep Webmaster in a Nutshell next to your keyboard.

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This terrific reference book condenses the material of at least five huge volumes on Web site construction into a single small one. It doesn't teach how to develop and maintain a Web site, but it puts all the commands, syntax information, and related knowledge where you can find them quickly. Sections cover HTML, CGI, HTTI, JavaScript, and server configurations. Each section begins with a brief overview of the topic then follows with a series of well-organized lists, charts, and other reminders to help you rapidly find a little-used command or forgotten bit of information. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


"The internet programmers bible reincarnated!" - Amias Channer, LinuxFormat, July 2003

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a MUST HAVE for any software developer Aug. 19 2003
Anybody taking courses in web master subjects knows that various bits of coding rules get thrown at you ... all at once. What this book does it great. Webmaster in a Nutshell makes sense of many different languages without going overboard. Other text go into detail in just one software language. But you may not get the "heart" of it. This book does just that. Quick and right to the point. From here, you will have a better time understanding other books that specialize in an entire subject. pvr-consulting.
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The book includes reference on HTML, CSS, XML, JavaScript, PHP, HTTP, Apache modules and configuration, and web server performance. While all of the material is covered in O'Reilly's other books, I was impressed with the layout and presentation of this book. I also found that the reference material that is buried deep in O'Reilly's other books, was very easy to find in this one. I was especially impressed with the JavaScript and HTTP reference, and feel that these two sections will be used by the majority of this book's readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A DEPENDABLE MINI-REFERENCE Jan. 12 2003
This newly released Third Edition of "Webmaster in a Nutshell" indicates a promising improvement over the Second Edition. It is one of the few books that completely analysed all the contemporary web technologies we use today: JavaScript, Apache, XML, HTML, HTTP, PHP, CSS, and CGI. This book will benefit any web-developer (or enthusiast) who pays close attention to it. Most of the chapters have been revised, and additional updates embraced JavaScript, PHP, Apache, and CSS. The book's wide coverage makes it a dependable mini-reference text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost the only book on my desk April 15 2002
Get your Web development library together, and then get this book! This book is not going to teach you all the bits and pieces, but this is exactly what the cover says "A Desktop Quick Reference", and a good one at that. It saves you having to haul a bunch of books around.
The sections on HTML 4, CSS, and JavaScript are fantastic, and I would recommend the book on these alone. The HTTP section is useful for the list of header fields with pretty good descriptions for a quick reference. There is also a group of sections on Server Configuration which are handy when browsing Apache configurations.
The PHP and CGI/Perl sections are not as useful and this is why I drop a star. The "reference" part of the PHP section is simply a list of function one-liners. I tend not to use the CGI/Perl sections at all. I'm not a Perl developer, and I find I need a more comprehensive guide to help me out.
In summary, this book is most useful if you know what you are doing, but just can't remember the detail!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Reference. Oct. 25 2001
By Doug M
In the preface, the author writes "when those books [how-to books] have been digested and placed on your bookshelf, this one will remain on your desktop." I don't think I could say it any better.
This book is not designed to show you how to do HTML, JavaScript, PHP, CGi and so on. It is designed as a reference, and I think it does a terrific job. The format is very efficient, and easy to look up what you need.
Perhaps the best features of the book are the brief summaries of each section. The reader is expected to already be familiar with that topic, but the book still provides a very succinct summary, just to make sure. This is rather handy when you are somewhat familiar with the topic, but not a guru.
I particularly liked the section on getting the best performance out of the webpage, and webserver. Many of the tips listed here are very common sense, yet can make dramatic improvements in load time.
Thus, to sum up. This book is a very comprehensive reference to several aspects of the web, including HTML, CGI, JavaScript, PHP and others. Anyone who actively works in this field of computing should seriously consider purchasing this book. You will use it often both as a reference, and as a brush-up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Easy Reference Aug. 22 2001
I buy books on SQL, Linux, JSP, Java, PHP, Perl, and CGI development all the time. However, this is the one that is always on my desk, usually cracked open, and full of bookmarks and dog-ears. It was definitely my best book buy so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid June 22 2001
As with all o'reilly books I have read, or browsed through, this one gets right to the point.
"Webmaster in a nutshell" is a great overview of the basic tools used in building and maintaining a web site. However, this is not a book for the right-brain-left-wing web artists out there. There's no design tips, no pictures and best of all they have left out the obligatory four page 'History of the Internet" that seems to accompany any and all books of this type. I think one guy wrote that a few years ago and they just xerox it into each book.
Overall, I would rate this book as not too deep, not too shallow, but JUST RIGHT. I loved this book and I recommened it to anyone from beginner to advanced. Bottom Line: It's a great reference book and a whole lot more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for experinced and begineers alike March 17 2001
By A Customer
This book covers everything and the short refernce section is great too.
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