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can anyone reccomend any good books



8:49 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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i have read most of the sites tutorials and am now in limbo on a few areas
can anyone reccomend any decent books on stuff such as php - css - javscripts - xml etc etc?


10:46 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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i find just reading through forums and content on the internet more useful than buying a book but if you really want a book i always find the '...for dummies' books quite useful


11:29 pm on Mar 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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thanks for that
i like you find it good to browse teh net but am constantly getting the same stuff in all the different tutorials.
none of which are going into enough details .


10:14 am on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The Visual QuickStart guides from PeachPit press are excellent, an not too expensive.


5:29 pm on Mar 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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3:57 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Sitepoint do some really good introductory books.

For CSS I've just read 'Bulletproof Web Design' (New Riders) while not for the absolute beginner it is reasonably easy to follow, and an excellent read.


5:11 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I prefer books myself. It's pretty hard to get a good start on a complex topic online. One of the few good online tutorials I've come across recently is Why The Lucky Stiff's bizarrely-illustrated Poignant Guide to Ruby. But, even so, ultimately, I bought all the Ruby books. :) And the thing is - the Poignant Guide is actually a book - just an online book. I printed it out.
I'd be interested in recommendations on current advanced/comprehensive HTML and CSS books. That's an area I haven't updated in a while.

"Bulletproof" won't do it for me, as I don't use XHTML, and don't believe it's day will ever come. HTML 4.01 strict for me.

I use:

HTML & XHTML The Definitive Guide (Fifth Edition)

Cascading Style Sheets The Definitive Guide (2nd Edition)

Dynamic HTML The Definitive Reference (Second Edition) - I know this is long in the tooth, and probably doesn't need to be replaced, as I intend to use a Javascript framework for this sort of thing in the future - probably Dojo, which I've done some work with.

Eric Myers on CSS, More Eric Myers on CSS.

Transcending CSS

CSS HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS

What should I update? What is obsolete? What new books have come out which are now essential?

I know my CSS books are old, and were written in the middle of the initial CSS frenzy. I suspect some greater clarity has been brought to the subject since then.


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