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  • Paperback: 1080 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (12 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470537558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470537558
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 5.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You too can become a Web wizard! Here′s how to go from simple pages to super sites Contemplating your first dip into Web page creation, or ready to take your sites to the next level? All you need are these eight minibooks. Newbies can start at the beginning for a complete understanding of basic page creation with HTML5, XHTML, and CSS. If you′ve been there and done that, jump ahead to managing data with MySQL, building AJAX connections, and more! Lay the foundation — build the skeleton of your pages with XHTML, use CSS to add color and formatting, and create dynamic buttons or menus Serve it up — move to the server and use PHP to program responses to Web requests or connect to databases Manage data — set up a secure data server and create a reliable and trustworthy data back–end for your site Explore AJAX — learn the essentials of AJAX, how to add events and animation, and cool ways to use the UI library Create super sites — understand clients and servers, work with content management systems, and more Open the book and find: The basics of building XHTML documents What to do with selectors, classes, and styles How to build flexible layouts Tips on using HTML5 Secrets of managing files and directories All about SQL coding AJAX essentials and how to add events with jQuery The advantages of a Content Management System Bonus CD Includes Firefox browser plus valuable extensions and plugins Aptana programmer′s editor that simplifies the process XAMPP, an easy–to–install server package Visit the companion Web site at www.dummies.com/go/htmlxhtmlandcssaiofd2e for code and other supporting materials 8 books in Creating the HTML/XHTML Foundation Styling with CSS Using Positional CSS Client–Side Programming with JavaScript Server–Side Programming with PHP Managing Data with MySQL Into the Future with AJAX Moving from Pages to Sites

About the Author

Andy Harris taught himself programming because it was fun. Today he teaches computer science, game development, and Web programming at the university level; is a technology consultant for the state of Indiana; and has helped people with disabilities to form their own Web development companies.


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This book is great for anyone wanting to learn best practice web development. I had absolutely no knowledge about HTML/XHTML, CSS, JavaScript etc. but having completed half the book, I am much more confident about my web development/design skills. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who doesn't have the perseverance to follow through as it will test your resolve (the book is a compilation of 8 booklets, so it is huge).
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I have only just bought this book and am already on Page 190.

I purchased this book as a reference for the more advanced topics such as PHP, MYSQL and Javascript. But, it has refreshed some of my XHTML & CSS knowledge that I acquired along time ago and have since forgotten.

This book is certainly a true gem, and I would say it is one of the best Dummies books I have purchased.

Andy Harris has a smooth way of writing and is very funny in places.

Would definetly recommend this book to any new web designer or even intermediate professionals.
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I am half way through this book now and I'm really enjoying it.

I understood a lot of web development already but I wanted to start learning from scratch to fill in the gaps.

This book methodically steps you through the basics of the web, but avoids going into superfluous details that you don't need to start off with.
It's written in a friendly and interesting style and I haven't found any typos or errors which IT books can sometimes be prone to !

The author clearly has experience at actually teaching the subject which makes all the difference.
The included cdrom has all the sample code on it, playing with the code and making it work on my own system really builds my confidence !
This book is very good value for money and I really can recommend it if you want a good place to start learning about this exciting topic.

I'll update this review when I've finished !

31 Aug 11 update

Have read most of this book now ( just going to start the Graphics editing bit tomorrow)

I have seen one or two typos since my first review but absolutely nothing too annoying.

This book has a 2nd purpose as a 'tool kit' or ' cook book' for when you actually start building sites.

I still say this is a great value book and I would heartley recommend it .

I've already started on the Orielly sql/javascript/PHP book and it seems to be the next best step in my learning / re-leanrning beyond getting some practical experience.
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The book starts with a basic HTML page layout and builds things up from there. The author makes sure that everything is explained thoroughly so that you are never unsure about anything. There are some lengthy sections near the start about validating web pages and editing software, which initially is not particulary relevant but persevere and you'll get to the good stuff.

The chapters in each book are broken down into small sections so that you don't have to read them through in one go. If you enjoy planning like me this is particulary useful for timetabling your study. Like most dummies guides i've read though the onus is on the reader to do their own experimentation with the information they are given. I generally do my own versions of the demonstrations and make notes before moving on.

You will not learn the information in this book overnight, I have been studying for around four months now-not always consistently-and am currently a couple of chapters into book four on JavaScript.I am finding this the most enjoyable so far but have found that some items are not explained very well like Objects and to a lesser extent Functions. For both of these items, it was necessary to study from other sources. Saying that however, I have found that when learning anything, using more then one resource is necessary.

Others sections I have found confusing in Javascript were the explanation of JSON and the use of DOM in Firefox. The former I found difficult to understand because it was explained with such brevity and its inclusion seemed confusing. With regard to the DOM, I had trouble finding some of the items described in the book.
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This book is a revelation for someone who knows little about web design. The three legged approach of html, xhtml and css is well constructed and thought out. This teaching manual comes with a cd containing worked examples and software so you can either read, or work through, each chapter at your own pace. The goal of the book is to enable you to create your own web page. The content is aimed at improving novices but contains enough technical information to appeal to those who want to proceed to a more advanced level.
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I think this book is very good to learn to write web pages. It does get
complicated but the first few chapters are sufficient to be able to write decent
web pages. After that I think that experience in computing would help to understand
some of the topics covered.
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