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Dynamic HTML For Dummies Paperback – 10 Dec 1997


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Bk&CD-Rom edition (10 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764502832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764502835
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,262,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Paperback
It's not particularly helpful when you pick up a technical helpbook and it's Index points you to chapters with titles such as "Textual Healing" and "Ain't Misbehavin'". What do these mean? What information lies therein? Well, do not get too excited because the 'fun' and 'wacky' way in which this book's language tackles the technical DHTML platform is neither readable nor helpful.It's typical of this whole series to aim at geeky Trekkies who call there children things like 7 of 9 and Kirk. The American points of reference are not helpful for any Anglophile either. Describing the difference between two browsers, Hyman (what a name!) postulates:"at this point you may be saying...'I thought Internet Explorer 5.0 and navigator 4.5 were as similar as cherry ice cream and corn chowder.'" What does this mean? What have browsers got to do with this? and what on God's Earth is chowder? In fact, at that point I had already given up any hope of finding a readable, well-informed document, and realised the irony was that the only person who would indeed buy this book was a dummy. Steer clear.
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By bernie VINE VOICE on 22 Oct 2002
Format: Paperback
And now you may think that programs that do it all for you would be easier to start with. However if you do not have a basic idea of how Dynamic HTML works you will not be able to answer the questions on what to do. This book goes from the fundamentals to building a practical website. Unfortunately it does not show how to mail "form" information back to you from the website. There are a lot of practical examples but this book is somewhat dated. The book is also geared to Apache server and UNIX concepts therefore it should work on 90 percent of the web sites that you encounter. The code is also more transportable because of this.
You need to check with your potential I.S.P. to see if they're using Internet information services (ISS) if so this book may be of little use because it is proprietary and uses a weird syntax.
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By A Customer on 14 Oct 1998
Format: Paperback
Dynamic HTML for Dummies is a good book in that it covers all many of the Dynamic HTML features, but it assumes you know some extent of a scripting language, by randomly introducing new operators in the scripts with no explanation whatsoever. Overall, however, this book is a good introduction to DHTML.
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Should be called Javascript for Dummies, not DHTML 6 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is not a bad book, however it will teach you little DHTML. THe author spends 2 much time on Javascript, and lacks explanation. Furthermore, the author does not "teach" you how to do it, but simly shows some cool DHTML effects with their codes. THis can be useful if you want to cut-n-paste the code, however if you want to learn DHTML then buy another book.
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Not Bad. 1 Aug 2000
By Isaac Cajina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's a good book, but you have to know a little about HTML to start with. It also doesn't teach you, it shows you cool effect you can do. If you want to learn HTML, then you should get HTML for Dummies, then read this. I have to tell you the software wasn't half bad.
Too much humor and too little substance.... 19 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I normally look to the For Dummies books as intro's to a subject (book you can read to get the basics of a new topic, and then move on to a more serious book if you need to.) And one aspect I've always liked about these books is the humor the author's use in the material to make them more entertaining.
However, this author uses way too much humor or effort trying to be "cute". Even the Chapter titles are attempts to be humorous and or witty. To the point you can't look anything up in the table of contents because the titles don't tell you what's in the chapters!!!
And although "For Dummies" books are usually not great reference books, at least they have most of the basics and could be used as a light reference. This book is totally worthless as a reference.
Other than as an example of what the author thinks are "cool" effects, it was a huge disappointment for me.
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