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Good, entertaining read, but mostly outlines general principles that you're probably aware of.
on 24 June 2013
This is a very influential book in the history of web development, and is something of a classic of the fledgeling genre; Zeldman writes in an enthusiastic, engaging style which makes it a pleasure to read, something that cannot be said of the majority of computer books.
That said, I'm not sure that it is the must-read text that it once was, for two main reasons: (a) we are now lucky enough to live in an era where the current versions of all the major browsers are highly standards compliant, and as such doing anything other than coding websites according to the common standards sounds like a hopelessly quaint idea, and (b) if you take an active interest in web development - if you read blogs, listen to podcasts and follow leading developers on Twitter - you'll probably have assimilated many of the ideas presented here through osmosis.
I've very much enjoyed reading it, but it's mostly served to reinforce beliefs about the right way of building websites that I already had. Probably the person who will gain most from reading this is someone who is coming to web development for the first time, or someone who used to have a GeoCities site in the nineties and wants to bring their skills up to date.