Web Design in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly))
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Top Customer Reviews
You'll need to have some html experience to get into this, but it does what O'Reilly do so well - explain something simply without assuming that you are a "Dummy". Works both as a tutorial and a reference.
Invaluable for anyone who understands a little bit about how html works (and CSS etc) but can't remember all the tags and attributes off the top of their heads. Buy it now.
What this is is a stunningly useless piece of first-point of call reference material. Ideal for people with basic HTML experience who want to make something wonderful.
It's slightly out of date now, but don't let that phase you - get it immediately. If you care about the web you'll end up needing to know something in it almost all the time. From the ASCII codes for strange text characters, to why those tables you've spent three hours building won't work, through to how to change permissions in Unix for running CGI scripts and how to make sites do things more efficiently with server side includes - the basics of all the image formats, details of all the basics of HTML, flash and media etc. etc. etc.
For a first point of call for the general punter you CAN'T GO WRONG with this book. You just can't. It's not so hot on CSS, and it's got a few patchy sections, but that's just a question of the book's scale and ambition rather than intelligence. For someone starting out, and for those who find themselves building big brilliant sites with little or no training, this book is as close to a necessity as you can get.
It contains a good enough overview for getting started in pretty much any web design topic you would need (from basic to advanced), and points you in the right direction for more information at every turn. The only think I felt lacking was an appendix summarising resources and URLs contained in the text since it can be a bit of a chore trying to find this information later.
All in all, highly recommended.
It's the one book you need on your bookshelf beside your computer if you do any web design or web building.It's a book for all, from the amateur to the professional, whether you just have a home site you want to tidy up or if you need help with emerging technology. I can't recommend it more highly. If I could I would give it 11 stars
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was told to buy as a help on my course, but didn't actually get to use it.Published 6 months ago by Scoobysue
I have had three copies of this book 'borrowed' from my office, which is why I have had to, yet again, replace my main copy. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2011 by Neil Spurgeon
This is my fav. book.
Layed out and presented very well indeed.
Book is good for all levels of users/web designers. Read more
I bought this book a year ago, it is an excellent general introduction to the various aspects of what is involved in designing a web site. Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2001