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1.0 out of 5 stars Creating Websites, 25 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) (Paperback)
I cannot agree with the other rave reviews. It is supposed to be a beginner's guide. So how can one write 'Fire up your favorite text editor and start writing HTML content.' What is a text editor? It has not been explained yet! To have a 'favorite' one needs to know what it is, have experience of different ones, and from experience to have chosen a 'favorite'. All that is the hallmark of someone with experience, NOT a beginner. He doesn't know what a 'beginner' is so this is NOT a good book for a beginner who wants to create a web site. There are lots of similar titles out there. But which one is a good beginner's guide, I wonder?
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Initial post: 13 Dec 2008, 13:19:42 GMT
Try 'HTML goodies' by Joe Burns

Posted on 12 Apr 2009, 22:06:22 BST
M. Goodman says:
Try Text Editors: The Missing Manual!

Posted on 21 Jul 2009, 16:58:45 BST
Invest in I need a brain the missing manual - it will help you out somewhat.

Posted on 6 Aug 2009, 14:43:04 BST
Common Sense says:
That is not the fault of the book. When referring to beginners, most are talking about beginners to that area in computing, i.e. Websites, not beginners to computing itself. Hence if you don't know what a text editor is, then you have a long way to go. However, I believe there are some books/guides to creating websites for computing novices, but as I haven't looked through any myself, I can't make any recommendations. But I would say you're better off browsing book shops to find the book which is right for you, and then perhaps checking here on Amazon for a better price. :-)

Posted on 9 Dec 2009, 17:25:31 GMT
Matt says:
Its a book for people who are beginners at website designing, not people who are beginners with computers! If you don't know what a text editor is then there is no way at all you should even be considering making a website!

Posted on 14 Sep 2010, 22:03:19 BST
A. Mackie says:
I'm going to add to the "if you don't know what a text editor is you shouldn't be making websites" crowd. Out of interest have you gotten anywhere with making websites? You clearly hit a snag with this book, hope it didn't cause you to give up!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2010, 10:49:39 BST
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Posted on 10 Jan 2011, 21:40:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2011, 22:12:35 GMT
John Walker says:
I've not read the book, but I understand your frustration and disagree with all these comments. Any book for beginners should take the time to explain 'the little things' that experts take for granted. As Jen from the IT Crowd says "We all have black spots".

I am often frustrated by 'beginners books' that assume expertise in computers.

A good example of a well written book is 'Code' by Charles Petzold. On page 133 he explains how to add two numbers together (something a lesser author might skip over). But, by page 345 you know enough to build your own microprocessor (with floating point numbers). The author took nothing for granted and yet never dumbed down.

So in essence, there is no foundation for Matt's comment - "If you don't know what a text editor is then there is no way at all you should even be considering making a website!". What a load of rubbish.

A title that contains the phrase "The Missing Manual " implies that it explains things that other books would skip over.

Posted on 5 Mar 2011, 11:20:59 GMT
Tippo says:
Page 25 of this very book:

"To take a look at an XHTML document, all you need is an ordinary text editor, like Notepad, which is included on all Windows computers. To run Notepad, click the Start button, and then select All Programs --> Accessories --> Notepad."

I think your review is unfair and you should take it down.
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