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DHTML Utopia Modern Web Design Using JavaScript & DOM

DHTML Utopia Modern Web Design Using JavaScript & DOM [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Langridge
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DHTML Utopia is an excellent introduction to and exploration of responsible, modern JavaScript. It covers important concepts and best practices... -- Shaun Inman

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"Create Killer Websites Using the Power of Modern JavaScript"

DHTML Utopia is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to make your websites more slick, dynamic, and usable.

Add dynamic interactivity to your website with DHTML by combining the power of JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets(CSS), and the Document Object Model (DOM) to achieve bulletproof, accessible, standards-compliant, and aesthetically pleasing results that work on all browsers.

- Build fancy DHTML effects that can be instantly reused in any project
- Learn to code accessible JavaScript that won't trouble older browsers
- Make search engine friendly, multi-level, drop-down navigation menus
- Create usable forms that auto-complete, just like "Google Suggest"
- Build dynamic web applications using remote scripting techniques/Ajax

From the Back Cover
Add dynamic interactivity to your Web site with DHTML and Cascading Style Sheets!

- Targeted to designers and content creators, not just programmers.
- Visual, task-based format the ideal way to get up and running with DHTML.

This edition is up-to-date on the current Web standards and browsers, and includes all new coverage of using DHTML to get information about the browser environment and adding multimedia to a site, as well as new basic and advanced dynamic techniques, such as making objects appear and disappear, moving objects in 3D, and adding dynamic content. This edition offers full cross-platform and cross-browser coverage. This book does not focus on the more complex aspects of DHTML, but focuses on practical examples of what really works with DHTML and CSS, making it useful for beginners just starting out with DHTML, as well as professional developers looking for a quick reference.

About the Author

Stuart Langridge has been playing with the Web since 1994, and is quite possibly the only person in the world to have a BSc in Computer Science and Philosophy. He invented the term ‘unobtrusive DHTML,’ and has been a leader in the quest to popularize this new approach to scripting.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1289 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: SitePoint Pty Ltd (1 Jun 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EK16W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide to AJAX and other alternatives 3 Aug 2005
I'd recommend this book to anyone curious about how they can use Javascript and DHTML to improve their web development skills. It's easy to read, and thats comming from someone who rarely makes it through technical guides and gives you all you need to make a start putting the AJAX to use on your own websites.
Like many people online, I had a very low opinion of Javascript - I always held it as something to perform cheap tricks with and spawn pop-up windows all over the place. However, by working through this book, I've come to recognise how useful JavaScript is in providing users with an ever richer experience online by making webites more dynamic and interactive.
I picked up the book mostly because I was interested in AJAX, which the book covers very well. By working through the examples I've gone from knowing very little other than the hype behind this technology to being able to deploy it easily within websites. However the book also explains what an appropriate application for AJAX is and where it isn't appropriate because of usability issues, etc. Also covered are other remote scripting possibilities - with so much focus on AJAX right now its easy to forget these alternatives, which sometimes can provide useful alternative solutions.
Overall I'd have to say that this is a great introduction to using Javascript and DHTML to produce dynamic websites - invaluable to anyone looking to develop interactive sites of their own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to DHTML - BUT... 6 Oct 2005
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I'm just up to Chapter 4 of this book. Its a great introduction to modern, unobtrusive DHTML, probably the best at this moment in time - so many technical books the editors need a kick up the soft bit as there are so many errors that could trip you up. See the ever expanding errata [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars November 2005 Edition is great... 5 Jun 2006
When I ordered through Amazon I wound up getting the November 2005 edition of this book which had no typos or errata, unlike the report by a previous poster here.

Being already pretty familiar with JavaScript and its day to day usage, this book opened my eyes to many other possibile uses, as well as giving me a glimpse as to the power and usefulness of Ajax (which is covered in one chapter).

This book is great for updating your skills and learning modern JavaScript programming, without the old hacks that many of use learned and continued using over the years.

Bottom line: The book is practical, best-practice, and I found the examples easy to follow.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners 20 Sep 2006
Stuart Langridge is highly regarded in javascript circles. This book though is not for beginners.
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2.0 out of 5 stars OK before the advent of jQuery 22 Feb 2007
The book is OK, but I can't say that I learnt a great deal from it. For starters I was not too happy that the author dislikes XHTML, preferring standard HTML, then a lot of his examples contained non-standard HTML elements. To be fair: he does mention this where he does it, but that still doesn't excuse the crime.

Seems like there's a lot of places where the chapters could have factored-out some of the repetive sections (duplication) of code, as well.

Personally, I'd just use jQuery for most of what can be achieved with this book.
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