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Head First HTML and CSS
Head First HTML and CSS
by Elisabeth Robson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.88

5.0 out of 5 stars The book which let me change careers, 3 Sep 2013
Very, very fond memories of this book which was the most important step along the road to becoming a web editor back in 2008.

It is approachable, friendly and will teach you rock-solid web standards/HTML semantics if you pay attention.

Mix with JavaScript and a little responsive design and it would also be a great foundational book for 16/17 year olds thinking of becoming front-end developers; can't think of a course syllabus which would give you a better start!

Not read the HTML5 edition, so not sure how well it documents this (un-finalised) specification (wonder if poor old "hgroup" is in there...)


Getting Good with Javascript
Getting Good with Javascript
by Andrew Burgess
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good - great coverage of DOM node manipulation, 9 May 2013
The third book I've read covering JavaScript.

Only the "good parts" are covered here, and it never felt overly dense and was always clear.

It contains the best practical introduction on DOM node manipulation that I've found anywhere. That, alone, deserves high praise.

The author himself recommends Eloquent JavaScript (link below) and probably wouldn't mind my saying that book tackles harnessing the power of JavaScript in a slightly more in-depth (although not always accessible) way (recursion, object-orientated approaches).

The two complement each other but also have a lot of crossover on the basic features of JS.

Noticed a few typos in the kindle edition.

Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming


Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming
Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming
by Marijn Haverbeke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.47

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the cover, 11 Mar 2013
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This is the book you should read if:
* you already have a basic grounding in JavaScript (the free tutorials at Code Academy are great)
* you want to learn how to become a *programmer* you are going to be working with JavaScript.

There are lots of places to learn how to hack together code to make things happen in the browser, or places where you can learn the basic vocabulary of programming. Here, you will learn the very grammar of the best practices of programming, including how to make your code object-orientated. Even how to start writing your own libraries, or, at least, not to be freaked out at the idea of writing your own libraries.

It is well written and concise. The trade-off here is that it is rich. Very rich. I've re-read it twice and I'm still finding things I need to commit to memory - not a lot of space is spent revising/reinforcing. The author warns you about this in the introduction though!

Only after a thorough grounding in the better aspects of the language does it move on to tell you about techniques you can use in the browser - about 2/3 of the way through. I didn't have a problem with that but I can understand how it might aggravate some readers.


Head First JavaScript
Head First JavaScript
by Michael Morrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't suit me, 11 Dec 2012
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I didn't find this as accessible as other Head First titles in terms of communicating syntax. That said, some great introductions to/explanations of concepts which I haven't found explained better elsewhere.

I had much more joy drawing on the advice Andrew Burgess and jumping straight into the (free) JavaScript tutorials offered by Code Academy.

This may be a reflection of my learning style though, I think there's a good chance that I'll get more mileage out of this book once I've mastered the basics.


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Hypertec LSTAND02HY - The Cool laptop stand is lightweight; highly portable stand which enables mobile users to set-up an height adjustable ergonomic workstation wherever they are. Used in conjunction with a separate keyboard and mouse the cool stand provides a practical alter (1Year warranty)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very happy, 3 Mar 2010
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Only four stars because sometimes the screw in the middle needs to be very tight to stop it slipping. Also, the design is great and simplicity is the appeal here, but I do think it could be a bit cheaper. Having said that, price is lower here than the other listings I found.
The stand's taller rear props come it two sections for different sizes of laptop.
Worked well with 10 inch netbook (just), but not sure if a 9 inch model would work as well - may have to sacrifice some height due to narrow width.
Delivery was very prompt.


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