D. O'connell

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (15 of 18)
Location: London, United Kingdom

Music,Programming,Martial Arts


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,607,082 - Total Helpful Votes: 15 of 18
PHP 5 Recipes: A Problem - Solution Approach by Lee Babin
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Using "PHP 5" in the book title, you might hope that it focuses on PHP 5's features: proper object-orientation, encapsulation, Interfaces, Iterators etc, etc, but no. Instead we have a book of short "algorithms" (recipes) - all of them invariably part of another function call - called by another function, no doubt.
If you are a script hacker who wants to know how to slice and dice a string into an array, sort it ascending, removing duplicates in the process, then fine.
In parts the book also seems like an extension of the PHP help pages - outlining every function for every API, and how you might use it.
If you have "proper" programming aspirations, then get the "PHP 5… Read more
DHTML Utopia: Modern Web Design Using JavaScript &&hellip by Stuart Langridge
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions by Andy Budd
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I have been dabbling with CSS for about 4 years now, and was a little disappointed that the book seems to focus a lot on tricks/ workarounds for various browsers, rather than semantic XHTML, but to be fair, semantic XHTML has already beed covered by Dan Cederholms' books. I also found some of the "tricks" a little too presentational in nature - e.g. various "rounded corner" tricks which add in extra markup to achieve the effect.

I initially borrowed the book from the library, but the acid test is this: on returning it, I decided I needed my own copy, so bought one from Amazon - so I guess it was more useful than I first thought.

The main reason for my purchase: the… Read more

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