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Webmaster in a Nutshell Paperback – Dec 28 2002
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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!
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.
Regarding the table of content:
The book focuses largely on web development on a UNIX platform with Apache webserver and does not address many topics of relevance to those of us who (not necessarily by choice) work on windows.
The list of topic covered is quiet inclusive but I would have prefered a book one or two hundred pages thicker that would have included coverage of: ColdFusion, ASP, JSP, Applet programming, Active X controls and plugin based multimedia applications (Flash, etc). The current section on Apache configuration can go as far as I am concerned.
Regarding the book itself:
The book does a very good job at explaining simply and providing reference for a number of topics, especially for the price which is typically low for that kind of books. For instance, the section on CSS concisely and clearly review css principle (some coverage of css2 would have been good) and give a very good reference. Another example: the section on PhP did a perfect job to introduce me to that environment which I was unfamiliar with while offering a comprehensive reference.
However, the book (and the 'In a nutshell' collection as a whole) is designed for a public familiar with web authoring and programming concepts. I got acquainted with the book when I took over a class which uses it as a coursebook. As a coursebook it was less sucessful because it assumes too much knowledge of basic programming concepts (arrays, objects, etc) for real beginners.
To sum up:
If you are already familiar with web authoring and have programming experience, this is a very worthwhile book which may even prove to be about the only reference you need if you work is mostly on Apache with Perl or PhP.Read more ›
While this is definitely not a tutorial book, it does contain lots of reference material and I learned a few new tricks reading through this book. It's one I'll know I'll refer to again and again when I have a question about how to do a particular task while working on one of my websites.
Also recommended: HTML 4 Visual Quick Start Guide by Elizabeth Castro; and UNIX in A Nutshell by Arnold Robbins.
Countless times I found myself forgetting a simple thing - such as the name of a certain HTML tag or the return type of a specific function, so I pulled out this book and got my answer in seconds. Don't pass this one up! DON'T! I promise you that this little Red and White book will forever be your best friend!
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003 by Peter R.
This newly released Third Edition of "Webmaster in a Nutshell" indicates a promising improvement over the Second Edition. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by reviewer
Why ? Simply because It's not at all about Webmastering but only about Design (few)/Development, read the TOC:
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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... Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2001 by Joel Walsh
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... Read more
I like this book. I think it's very consice and detail enough at the same time. It's worth money and time. Enjoy.Published on Jan. 29 2001 by D. Gerzon
Im a Senior Webmaster and this Webmaster in a Nutshell 2nd Edition is great. I keep in my draw by my computer, the new section on PHP is wonderful, this is a new and up and coming... Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2001 by I. Gotto
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