- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers In (1 May 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558605347
- ISBN-13: 978-1558605343
- Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 19.8 x 2.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,874,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing Paperback – 1 May 1999
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Computing and coffee tables go together like chalk and artichokes, so this excellent volume comes as something of a surprise. There are no pages of closely packed type and dull screenshots here. Instead, expect amusing pictures (including ones of pig racing and Web-savvy dog Alex), well-chosen examples and engaging writing. Drawing on 20 years of Internet experience, MIT professor Philip Greenspun takes an in-depth look at the process of putting content on the Web. The book tackles a variety of conceptual and technical issues, including server set-up, building community, e-commerce architecture and how to learn HTML--in 21 minutes. Though the core of the book is quite technical, Greenspun's straightforward approach and amusing anecdotal style make the guide accessible to potential publishers of all skill levels.
Few introductions to Web publishing match this one in terms of insight, humour and adaptibility. Whether propped on a coffee table or used as office reference, it's sure to provoke interest and conversation. --Chris Russell
"If you want to be a part of where the Web is going, you need to read this book... -Dave Clark, Chief Protocol Architect of the Internet, 1981-1989 This is required reading in my seminar on information design: a wise book on Web design and technical matters by an author with a good eye in addition to good programming skills. -Edward Tufte, WIRED Magazine, June 1998 Your book is the best one I've read about web publishing, bar none. -J. Paul Holbrook, Director, Internet Technologies, CNNSee all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Greenspun focuses on what you should put on the web, and why you should put it up. Topics most folk don't consider. The advice is invaluable to anybody who is contemplating any kind of web site - be it small or large.
There is quite a lot of techy stuff in there, but don't let that put you off. The techy stuff can be skipped over - though Greenspun is not bad at explaining it anyway.
Greenspun has put together some interesting sites that get a LOT of traffic, yet don't come littered with time-wasting bells-and-whistles. He knows a lot about creating useful sites, rather than eye-candy.
If you are creating an information based site, where content counts, then read this book.
He is opinionated and this sometimes leads to odd digressions, but these work because of the quality of both his writing and thinking.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand how to build web applications, or indeed software generally.
If you were to compose a list of the most influential voices of the Web era, Philip Greenspun would undoubtedly feature. Veterans from the pre-Netscape era like myself will remember the collection of beautiful photo-stories he placed online, such as "Travels With Samantha"; this book is not only lavishly illustrated with his photography, but contains some of the smartest, well-justified advice and judgements on making the Web work that you're likely to read on- or offline.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a Computer Science student studying for my Masters Degree in Advanced Computer science. One of our courses (Electronic Commerce Technologies) Called for this book as requred... Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2001
This is a fantastic book. If you are thinking of building a database- backed website (as I was), this has got to be the best book on the subject. Read morePublished on 14 July 2000 by Andy Bell
Having been inspired by David Seigal's Futurize Your Enterprise, I have been looking for complimentary books. Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2000
Philip Greenspun's book is an intelligent and clear analysis of what decisions have to be made by web publishers. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 1999 by Jeff Davis
It has given me such a good overview of the entire process without being caught in the technical jargon. Extremely accessible, witty and humourous at the same time.Published on 22 Nov. 1999
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