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  • Paperback: 538 pages
  • Publisher: Pogue Press / O'Reilly; 2 edition (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596802447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596802448
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David McFarland is a Portland, Oregon based Web developer who's been designing and building Web sites since 1995. He is the author of CSS: The Missing Manual and Dreamweaver: The Missing Manual. He is also a Macromedia-certified trainer, and a member of the faculty of the multimedia program at Portland State University

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David Sawyer McFarland is president of Sawyer McFarland Media, Inc., a Web development and training company in Portland, Oregon. He's been building websites since 1995, when he designed an online magazine for communication professionals. He's served as webmaster at the University of California at Berkeley and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, and oversaw a complete CSS-driven redesign of Macworld.com. David is also a writer, trainer, and teaches in the Portland State University multimedia program. He wrote the bestselling Missing Manual titles on Adobe Dreamweaver, CSS, and JavaScript.


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By George Powell on 18 Oct. 2010
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My previous experience: I knew what (X)HTML was, but I'd never made a web page other than some rubbish at GCSE IT. I have been a C# programmer for 2-3 years, so I do have a general awareness of programming and mark-up languages.

The good: His explanations are clear, and with a good previous level of computer wisdom you will get to grips with the theory and power of CSS without having to read a section twice. (I can't really judge how this book would be for a complete beginner, but he certainly doesn't presume any previous knowledge so I would recommend this to a beginner.)

The bad:

As said in another review, he tells you how to use a text editor: "place your curser...", "press enter twice" etc. This is annoying and patronising if you know what you're doing.

He repeats himself over and over throughout each section. I must have been told what floating a block level element does over 5 times in different chapters.

His style of creating CSS sometimes conflicts with the whole purpose of CSS: To write HTML markup that is seperate from the layout/style. (e.g. He names classes after the position on the page they will be, something warned against in CSS Mastery)

I bought this for the Kindle, and the formatting of titles/sub-titles sometimes is a bit messed up. Still perfectly readable though.

Overall:

A very good book for learning CSS theory and techniques. It lost a star for repeating itself too much and therefore being a bit of a drag to finish.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James on 3 Sept. 2010
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With books of this type I suppose that the satisfaction derived is a question of how much you learn and I learnt a lot! Suffice to say that this is the only time I have taken the trouble to write a review but this book really merits one. It is well written, well structured and has exactly what I needed. The examples are very good and are easy to implement in a real situation. The support on the publisher's web is also excellent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nadja on 24 Dec. 2009
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Love the book. Am pretty new to web-design. Only worked through "Build your own website the right way", which gives a good foundation in both XHTML and CSS, but was looking for more info on CSS.

The missing manual provides just that in an easy to follow way. Love it. I might yet turn into a computer geek if I can find more manuals like this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geeb on 7 Jun. 2011
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This book has been at my side since I bought it recently, unlike others which gather dust.
The writing is superb, the technical content pitched equally between reference and tutorial.
Never one for the step by step approach of tutorials, I found myself using this approach and gaining real understanding of a topic, and crucially, usable CSS at the end.
The price is very, very good too. If you want to demystify CSS, buy this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Don. Load on 2 Nov. 2009
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This is a reasonably well written and informative book. I would recommend it to someone with an understanding of HTML and maybe already a little CSS. It covers CSS from the beginning so thats not too important but a knowledge of HTML and how pages are constructed is.

My biggest problem with this is just how many words the author uses. Talk about 'why use one word when I can think of a thousand plus'. I can understand having to spell things out to people but this takes it too far; the book could have had a third less pages.

The book assumes a knowledge of HTML, which implies you have at least a basic understanding of how HTML files are constructed and can use a pc. I don't need to read an instruction like 1. In your favourite text editor open the text file tutorial1.txt and save it as home.html in the folder blah blah blah. 2. Move your cursor and click just after the <style> tag but before the </style> tag, which should be after the <head> but before the and press enter (return) then type #H1 ..... Seriously, it's like that the whole way through the book.

Even in the advanced stages, where you would think the reader has elevated himself above idiot and now knows a thing or two, it's the same. The instructions are still bloated and spelt out as if to a simpleton. The cherry for me was after telling me to press enter there was a (return) in brackets. I'm a bit too thick to know what 'enter' means, can you give me another name for it!

The above in simple terms. 1. Copy tutorial1.txt to your folder, rename to home.html and open ready for editing. 2. Create style #H1 within the <style> tags. Simple right? You shouldn't even need to tell people to enter a style between the <style> tags after they've done it a few times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DM Design on 15 Aug. 2011
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I am a self taught web designer with a print design background who has always struggled to get sites looking right using old school table layouts. This book has shown me the error of my ways and I'm a CSS convert now!

The book is really well written both for the absolute beginner and for someone like me with a little knowledge. I particularly like the way it builds your knowledge through the chapters, starting with simple concepts and moving on to more complex information. It also explains, in layman's terms, why you should use CSS.

The tutorials are really useful, the book is well written, humourous without trying too hard or being patronising and the author even suggests where you may be able to skim a section if it has little relevance in the 'real world'. There is a nice balance between the stuff which helps you create attractive pages and the necessary techie info around different browsers, page validation
On the whole thoroughly good purchase and would recommend. I don't often give things top marks, but this book does exactly what it sets out to do.
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