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JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook by Danny Goodman
JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook by Danny Goodman
3.0 out of 5 stars Showing its age., 14 May 2011
The trouble with a lot of web-related books is that they can age very quickly. A book on Facebook, for instance, will likely be out of date before it hits the shops. Javascript itself fairs much better, as is fairly robust and non-changing. DHTML... hmmm, in itself, DHTML is the same as its always been. However, as soon as you combine it with DOM manipulation then you hit the wall that is browser compatability.

The book was written in 2007. It worries about IE5 compatability. I am writing this using IE9. Firefox 4 is out now. Chrome exists. Go figure.

That being said, the logic behind how the code works is sound. Algorithms to calculate visibile window size etc hold… Read more
Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference by Danny Goodman
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I've always thought of this as one of those must-have books. However, on looking at its cover once again, it is quite plain to see that in the years I have owned the book, I have very rarely actually consulted it.

Why is that? Well, for one thing, it is a reference book. It isn't a tutorial, nor does it try to be. So I wouldn't use it to learn DHTML or CSS etc.

Now this in itself is perfectly reasonable, as it is sold as a reference book, not as a tutorial, and does exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak.

However, when I need to look something up, I am normally sat at my computer, so the first thing I do is hit a search engine. It is only when I have… Read more
PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual Qu&hellip by Larry Ullman
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book is bad. It is also misleading. PHP 6 doesn't even exist, yet this book has been out for a few years now. However, I could easily forgive that little fib if the rest of the book was actually a decent PHP tutorial. Unfortunately it isn't though. This is because its layout makes it nigh on impossible to follow the examples. The two column format adopted by the book is ridiculous for presenting code samples. I found myself jumping back and forth between pages as I was trying to match the narrative with the sample code.

This is what I mean by impossible to follow. I don't mean the examples themselves were hideously complicated. I mean they were laid out atrociously. Who… Read more