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  • Paperback: 580 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (Dec 28 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596003579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596003579
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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

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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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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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Overall it is a very valuable reference but a few comments:
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.
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As a part-time web designer, I'm always looking to learn more "web tricks" and WebMaster In a Nutshell allows me to do just that. The second edition of this book covers so many different aspects of web development. It devotes chapters to new developments in HTML (HTML 4) and JavaScript. There are also chapters devoted to Cascading Style Sheets, XML, CGI, Apache modules, and HTTP itself.
All current HTML tags and attributes are listed, along with JavaScript event handlers. Tables, frames, character entries and color values are also covered in various chapters. Very handy material!
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.
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This book is seriously a MUST have! I was so impressed with the first edition (1996) that I bought the 2nd, and I am even more impressed. I love both these books SO much that I literally carry them around with me. Probably the BEST and most compact reference you can buy!
Let me remind the readers that this is a REFERENCE book. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT buy this book if you are expecting to learn everything inside it from scratch. You will pull your hair out. Buy this book if you already grasp the basics of HTML, javascript, CSS, CGI with perl, and server config. (Basically what an average webmaster should) - You will not only consider this your 'golden' book, you will use it over and over until the pages wear thin.
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!
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