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Smashing Wordpress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series)
Smashing Wordpress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series)
by Thord Daniel Hedengren
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for complete beginners., 12 Dec 2010
As someone who is reasonably familiar with CSS and XHTML, I found this book an ideal route into Wordpress template development. The more understanding of PHP you have the better although most of the PHP just needs a bit of hacking. The text is coherent and the books graphic design works well. I found this book very informative but certainly not for complete beginners. After learning Joomla! recently I must say that Wordpress is as easy as falling off a (b)log!


A Step by Step Guide to Creating Your Own RSS Feed (Beginner's Basics)
A Step by Step Guide to Creating Your Own RSS Feed (Beginner's Basics)

1.0 out of 5 stars Brief & Simplistic, 29 Nov 2010
This Kindle "book" amounts to barely more than a pamphlet. There is more to be learnt by studying a couple of websites on the subject.


Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints
Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints
by Timi Ogunjobi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing..., 31 July 2010
Maybe I should have read the title more carefully. This is not a book of template blueprints, just chapters of downloading an existing free template and the occasional plugin and then getting it to work. Pretty much useless for even a novice developer. The chapter using Virtuemart sets up an extremely primitive shopping cart but stops short of explaining how to take it further. Strictly for non-programming beginners who just fancy messing around a bit.


JavaScript: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
JavaScript: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
by David Sawyer McFarland
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As easy as it gets., 30 July 2009
Like the other Missing Manuals this book is clear and straightforward. It assumes a reasonable understanding of (x)html and CSS but the chapters are clearly laid out with hands on tutorials covering the theory. Best of all, the book uses jQuery from an early stage. jQuery seems to be THE javascript library at the moment.


CSS: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
CSS: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
by David Sawyer McFarland
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and methodical, 18 July 2009
This is the best CSS book I've read for those moving on from HTML. Covers beginner to intermediate in understandable steps and with work-through examples. My copy is so battered I might have to buy another copy. Hoping the Missing Manual Javascript is just as useful.


The Genius of Photography
The Genius of Photography
by Gerry Badger
Edition: Hardcover

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent cultural guide., 26 Feb 2008
This book is an excellent guide to the culture of photography, examining various significant photographers, mostly 20th century. There could be more actual photographs but the text is intelligently written, making interesting links between various movements and styles. It tends to jump around the timeline a bit but is all the more interesting for that. Overall, a very good, if possibly subjective, view of photographic history which does not become bogged down in academia.


The Elements of Typographic Style
The Elements of Typographic Style
by Robert Bringhurst
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In depth and lyrical..., 26 April 2005
This is a superb book covering all aspects of type design in an almost lyrical prose style. It doesn't use endless pages of typeface specimens as filler but is endlessly informative. Covers such things as the effects of historical movements in typography. Highly reccomended to anyone at all interested in the subject.


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