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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (11 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201634627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201634624
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,993,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here in one complete volume is absolutely everything you need to build and maintain a high-quality web site. Expanded and updated from the original edition, this book incorporates all of the latest tools--CGI, HTML 3.2, Java™, JavaScript, VRML, and Perl 5--as well as offering coverage of web servers for the UNIX, Macintosh, and Windows NT environments.

Featuring step-by-step explanations and experience-based guidance, the book follows every stage of the process of creating a web page, including:

  • A lucid description of the Web and how it all works

  • Finding, compiling, installing, and configuring the appropriate web server software, with detailed looks at Apache, WebSite, and WebSTAR™

  • Understanding the ins and outs of HTTP, including such new features as cookies, proxies, and virtual hosts

  • Creating hypertext documents with HTML 3.2

  • Working with multimedia and VRML

  • Using CGI and Perl 5 to create server scripts that run such features as searchable indexes, fill-out forms, clickable maps, and gateways to other services

  • Getting started with JavaScript, including the complete code for a working shopping cart

  • Adding Java applets to your pages

You will also find an in-depth look at web security, including the first printed version of the World Wide Web Security FAQ. Finally, the book's illustrated "Style Guide" shows you how to put it all together to create a fully functioning web site that balances eye-catching graphics with the practical need for speedy performance.



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About the Author

Lincoln Stein has an M.D. and is a scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. When the Web first emerged, he created and maintained one of the earliest Internet sites for distribution of Human Genome Project data and has since become an acknowledged expert in Web, network, and Perl programming. Known for his exceptional ability to synthesize and present complex information, he writes for The Perl Journal and Web Techniques magazines and is the author of four other books.



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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 April 1997
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During the past few months I've reviewed dozens of books about the Web in preparation for a course I'm teaching this summer on Web marketing and commerce. Most of the books are poorly written and overly simplistic, and/or they are full of opinions and generalities of little use to actually planning a web site. Stein's book is the lone exception. It is a superb example of top-quality technical writing. The introductory chapters on the nature and uses of the Web are the best I've read, and the later chapters on web design, programming, publishing and management are full of intelligent, practical insights. This book deserves an award for its quality of writing and the value of the insights and information it provides.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb. 2002
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...I concluded that this is the ONLY book to cover the whole subject to enable one to understand what one is building. So many books focus only on designing web-pages, which is only part of what is required. Unfortunately, this edition is now 5 years old, so usefulness is becoming limited. PLEASE can Dr Stein write a new edition!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 1999
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I think this is a great primer on how to set up a web site. Not so much on maintaining a site, but there is pretty much everything you need to know -- except new stuff that has emerged over the last 18 months -- to set up a real web site. The book covers server hardware and software as well as web security, scripting, etc. Very easy to read, although the sections on scripting and Java require some programming knowledge.
I hope Mssr. Stein updates this book. I took out a copy of the 2nd edition from the school library. If he comes out with a new edition soon, I'm gonna buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec. 1998
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Anyone who is interested in how the internet works has to buy this book. Although it is not an easy book, most people would benefit from reading it if they can understand 70% material in this book. I suggest guys can skip the UNIX web server if they are not familiar with UNIX. The later part that decribes how perl, java, or cgi work is excellent. I give this book 100 points. If you are the one who is serious with your web site, buy this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A web planning book for intelligent, literate readers 20 April 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
During the past few months I've reviewed dozens of books about the Web in preparation for a course I'm teaching this summer on Web marketing and commerce. Most of the books are poorly written and overly simplistic, and/or they are full of opinions and generalities of little use to actually planning a web site. Stein's book is the lone exception. It is a superb example of top-quality technical writing. The introductory chapters on the nature and uses of the Web are the best I've read, and the later chapters on web design, programming, publishing and management are full of intelligent, practical insights. This book deserves an award for its quality of writing and the value of the insights and information it provides
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Decent book - some useful stuff - some not very useful 13 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book tries to cover everything but just doesn't do that great a job of it. Lots of information on Apache and other Unix type data but virtually no reference of IIS.
It starts by giving the basic background info but some of this is pretty indepth which most poeple won't understand or want to know about how the internet works. Then moves to web servers with a lot of info on Apache for Unix, a decent coverage of Website for 95/NT (although I never heard of website - seems to be similar to Personal Web Server but it's not the same), and covers breifly WebStar for the Mac. This covers 150 pages but if you only deal with one system you can skip 100 pages here. It give examples of controlling access to the site using good screen shots of dialogs.
Then it jumps to creating web sites (fairly decent job but other books are better). There is also a lot of practical information about web site development that many people just don't realize which is included. It does a great job of listing numerous free apps to help out in creating html items and converters between differently formatted docs. The apps are listed by web site and email address - I didn't verify any of them so who knows how many are out of date by now.
Finally it finishes by covering CGI, Javascript (pretty well but again other books are better and more in depth) and Java applets - not how to program in Java. No mention of VBscript. Numerous problems in examples (especially with added spaces in code) cause confusion - whoever edited this obviously doesn't program.
Overall not a bad semi-starter for someone new who need to administer a web site and must deal with the software to control access and data. It's definitely not a programming book and because it tries to cover both Unix and NT (and a little Mac) I ended up skimming 20-40 page sections of stuff at a time that I wasn't interested in. 750 pages but about 200 really proved useful (mainly because there are better references for some topics covered like CGI, Javascript, and HTML). However I did really like the listing of tools to covert data and apps to help with site development.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
broad, not deep, content 17 Dec. 1999
By M. J. Yuan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great book if you're new to website administration and design. Contains crash courses in how the Web works, server admin, security, HTML, multimedia, and server-side scripting. Focused towards Unix/Perl with little or no coverage of commercial and newer products like Microsoft IIS/ASP, Cold Fusion, PHP, etc. Recommended for newbies.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
You MUST Get this Book 1 May 2000
By Leonard R Budney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Lincoln Stein is basically THE guru of web site security. That makes this book, on setting up a web site, stand out from the rest. Heard about the recent attacks that brought down commercial giants' web sites? That's why the foundation of your approach should be sound engineering, with the bells and whistles added later.
Okay, sorry for the sermon. The fact is that this book discusses EVERY topic related to the world wide web. It gives a broad understanding, plenty of detail, and a lot of wisdom as well. I disagree with folks who suggest it is ``out of date''; it still provides the perfect foundation for anybody who is going to build a web site (or wants to know how they work).
If you want to use technology that isn't mentioned in this book, go ahead and get another book on that. But those are just details--this book is the bedrock and foundation. Don't hit the infobahn without it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great how-to book for web builders 12 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think this is a great primer on how to set up a web site. Not so much on maintaining a site, but there is pretty much everything you need to know -- except new stuff that has emerged over the last 18 months -- to set up a real web site. The book covers server hardware and software as well as web security, scripting, etc. Very easy to read, although the sections on scripting and Java require some programming knowledge.
I hope Mssr. Stein updates this book. I took out a copy of the 2nd edition from the school library. If he comes out with a new edition soon, I'm gonna buy it.
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