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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition) Paperback – 2002

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc. (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596003161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596003166
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.6 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
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The reason this book ranks so high is that it's a thick, expensive, convoluted cookbook of singular examples without any real coverage of the subject matter.
In other words, its a marketing dept's dream!
This book hasn't been updated since 1998, and hasn't kept pace with technology.
..., the last chapter on DHTML is entitled "Looking Ahead to HTML 4.0" We're beyond HTML 4.0 and on to XHTML, XML, etc.!
The fact that this chapter ends on page 163 should tell you something. The Book is 1073 page long! The remaining 910 are poor references for HTML 3.2, Javascript 1, and CSS 1. All of which are out of date. And where is the analysis of the Document Object Model? Oh, I forgot, it gets 2 pages! The DOM IS WHAT MAKES DHTML POSSIBLE...
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By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2007
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If you do any sort of web design, whether as a do-it yourself novice or as a professional web designer, Dynamic HTML is a must have resource. This all inclusive guide includes a myriad of features for design elements, objects, and styles organized in several easy to understand and easy to use sections: Alphabetical HTML Reference, Shared DOM Reference, Alphabetical DOM Reference, Event Reference, CSS Reference, and Java Script Reference, Cross Reference. All of these examples include actually bit of code that the reader can use as well as associated attributes and their code to tailor that element, object, or style to your desired specifications. This aspect allows the reader to follow through virtually step by step taking a new concept from inception through to a professional look and feel.

I can already tell that Dynamic HTML is going to be one of those desk references that I keep close by my computer. The book is already plastered with a number of post-it notes in places that I need to fix on my existing web pages, concepts that want to experiment with in the future, or ways that I could make my websites more accessible. Having a good book with these aspects all in one place is a boon.

Still, where I will probably gain the most valuable use of this book is in the comparative aspect of the entries. Along with each of the detailed entries in all of the categories, the author has included information about how each feature translates in the different browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Mozilla, Safari, Opera, and W3C HTML). Anyone who has spent weeks making their website just perfect only to have their best buddy with a different type of browser say that it's all wonky knows that a good detailed cross reference resource is invaluable. Having one as well organized and intuitive as this one is nothing short of amazing.
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Ok, picture this: You get off an airplane after a 10 hour flight. Get 2 hours of sleep because you are jet lagging so bad you feel like you have been smoking ... all day. You are then informed that what you thought was a routine API programming assignment is now a Cross Browser support nightmare. I mean I had to create Javascript that would work with both Netscape 4.X - 6.X and IE 4.X - 5.X and in many ways mimic Server Side error handling on the Client. Frantically searching the web for references and materials for some form of stratedgy to start coding I came across this book. I have read Danny's Javascript Bible and decided to give this book as shot. In terms of DOM reference and listing what does and does not work in Netscape and IE I was able to develop a pretty decent API in 5 days.
This is not a HOW to BOOK. This is not for beginners. Will have to know how to code. This is a DHTML reference with some decent generic code examples. Combine this with the Javascript Bible and you got all the weapons you need to tackle Cross Browser DHTML. A must have for anyone forced to support various versions of browsers.
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As far as covering everything involved with Dynamic HTML, I definitely think this is the best book available. Many reviewers have already said that and if I listed everything good about it I'd just be repeating. So instead I'm going to explain why I gave it 4 stars rather than 5. The first 160 pages or so explain how everything ties together under Dynamic HTML and this was the content I was really looking for when I bought this book. But the next 800 pages or so are just individual references of HTML, CSS, DOM (document object mdoel), and JavaScript. I was a little let down as I already had thorough references on all of those topics except DOM which is the least useful of the four. I actually reccomend seperate books on each topic because they will go more in-depth on the topic and include neat extras that this book doesn't have. But if you want/need a comprehensive reference of the big 3 (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) all in one place, this is definitely your best choice. The question isn't whether or not this is a good book because it certainly is. The question is whether or not this book is worth spending $36. That all depends on personal preference and your existing library.
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In the Preface, Danny Goodman says that he wrote this book for selfish reasons, because (I'm paraphrasing) he was tired of having to go to several different sources to find information that should have been compiled together, and that he couldn't keep track of all of the contradictions and exceptions and browser specific features that were out there. He wanted...he needed...a book that had it all together in one handy package. So he set out to make that one handy package.
To that, I say "Mission Accomplished!"
I couldn't begin to count the times I have had to find the appropriate reference to see if a particular attribute could be used in a particular tag. Once I found what I was looking for, seldom would there be any additional information, like what other attributes I could use as well. The DOM Model was a dark mystery to me. Finding objects my workmates had used was the extent of "useful" information I had found in bulk.
Mr. Goodman's book has changed all of that. It is the closest I've found to a "definitive" reference on any programming topic. It covers HTML, the DOM, and CSS very well, including browser-specific information for both IE and Netscape. It includes the versions of said browsers compatibility with specific tags, attributes, etc. It also includes a JavaScript reference. The last four chapters of the book contain Cross References for HTML Attributes (look up an attribute to see what tags it can be used in), and DOM Properties, Methods, and Events.
One thing to note: This book is NOT going to teach you HTML/DHTML. It is strictly a reference, and the author makes no bones about that. Most examples in the book are one-liners, focusing on correct syntax as opposed to actual usability.
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