Beginning Perl Web Development: From Novice to Professional (Beginning: From Novice to Professional) Paperback – 3 Nov 2005
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About the Author
Steve Suehring is the security editor for LinuxWorld Magazine . He has written articles for Linux Magazine and authored a book titled MySQL. Suehring has also edited a number of titles on Linux and open source software. He has been working with closed and open source software for a number of years.
Top Customer Reviews
I spent much money and confused days & nights, wondering why someone could just not write a book, that takes you from your basic knowledge of HTML, guide you at a decent pace through the basics of CSS & on to a level where you have the confidence, understanding & proper technique, to design a decent looking website with clear explanations, a thorough discussion of the do's & donts and also when and why to use certain selectors, tags, block elements etc.
Well its apparent someone 'was' listening. Im not sure if Simon Collison has a 6th sense but this book truly does what it says it will'.
The author states that this was the book he wished he had when he was learning CSS & fortunately for people like myself & you its come at just the right time. I anticipated this book so much that I couldnt wait for it on mail-order I went to buy it from a big bookstore on Charing X road in London. I've just finished chapter 6 and so far I have been impressed by the style of writing, humour & clarity with which the author opens up your understanding of CSS. So many things started to 'click' & make sense. Ever had that eureka moment where you just sit there and say 'aaahh so thats how that works' or 'so thats why you do that..etc'.Read more ›
The book is divided into two parts with Colly first introducing the reader to the basics of CSS before moving on to an in-depth look at layouts, usability and accessibility enhancements, tips and troubleshooting and the obligatory (great looking) case study. Chapter 1 -- Getting Started soon enters a reasonably meaty discussion on maintaining and organising style sheets that intermediate and even advanced practitioners might also find of interest. We all have our little ways of organising our files and Colly introduces the beginner to multiple directories under that one css folder we normally only ever have (come on admit it!), modular CSS, CSS syntax, commenting and indenting as well as reusing style sheets for other devices. From a teaching perspective it was good to see some best practices being introduced right from the start -- page 9 to be precise. The next chapter looks at IDs and classes, how to use the cascade (or not), grouping, inheritence, contextual selectors and CSS measurements (pixels, percent and ems). Again, a good foundation chapter for beginners here -- too often we see font-family defined for every heading or a class put on every list item when an id on the ul was all that was required. The reader is also informed about grouping similar styles into one rule to achieve nice, compact code. I'm not sure if CSS measurements belonged in chapter 2 but by the end of it a novice would be well-informed on how to organise their style sheets and get the most out of them in as few lines as possible.
After attending Dave Shea's "Typography for the Web" presentation at @media2006 I enjoyed the recap (as it was for me) concerning text offered in chapter 4.Read more ›
There were one or two occasions where typos in the example descriptions left me a bit confused for a minute or two, and I personally would have liked a section on pop-up menus, but overall this is an excellent book which told me what I needed to know and was enjoyable to read - highly recommended.
This book is for anyone who enjoys CSS, from beginner to master. I keep it by my desk in work, and I always find myself flicking through it for hints on how to carry out a certain task.
Honeslty - go for it! Im made up with my copy :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would have given this 4 stars but the content is well out of date now. In general, the topics are covered well, but the content is showing its age, having been written in 2006... Read morePublished on 26 July 2012 by Amazon Customer
As others have said, this is a great book for new coders to CSS. If you know html already then a lot of it instantly makes sense as this is a natural extension to (x)html. Read morePublished on 6 July 2012 by Bifford the Youngest
A very useful and easy to use book, much easier than trying to read from the screen while trying to create a website. Anyone can use this book and learn a new skill.Published on 16 Jan. 2012 by ozzypup
I am a programming beginner, I started like 10 years ago (with basic HTML and Flash) and left it, just to start all over again a couple of months ago with PHP. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2011 by JGiraud
As someone looking to take the leap from HTML to CSS this book has been invaluable. I am not technically minded but the writing in this book is clear and easy to understand. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2011 by DRGD
In my mission to learn CSS I purchased this book and the missing manual I ended up reading this book first and I've never picked up the missing manual, simply because this book... Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2010 by Kieran Whiteman
The book is really well written and easy to follow . It allows you to download the code used in each chapter for you to copy & paste into your editor without the need for lots of... Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2010 by R. Baker
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