Reviews

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[Book Cover] The Elements of Content Strategy
The Elements of Content Strategy
Websites come in many shapes and sizes and serve many different purposes. For many websites, supplying content for the visitor is the primary purpose. A restaurant providing contact information, hours, and a menu. A product-focused company providing information ...
[Book Cover] Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design
Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design
The new release from Dan Cederholm is a great complement to his previous work in Bulletproof Web Design. For those who haven’t read Bulletproof Web Design, it’s premise was creating flexible websites and keeping a clear separation of your markup (HTM...
[Book Cover] Design Patterns in Ruby
Design Patterns in Ruby
If you have been programming for any extended period of time, I am sure you have started to see different patterns emerging out of your tasks. You may find you are doing the same thing over and over again, solving problems that you had previously solved in anoth...
[Book Cover] Building Findable Websites: Web Standards SEO and Beyond
Building Findable Websites: Web Standards, SEO, and Beyond
While at it's core this book is about SEO, Aarron's first task of the book is to step back and look at the big picture of things and answers the question what is findability? My first experience with this term was through reading Ambient Findability by Peter Mor...
[Book Cover] Website Optimization: Speed, Search Engine and Conversion Rate Secrets
Website Optimization: Speed, Search Engine and Conversion Rate Secrets
The first line of the preface to this book reads, "We've had a website for years now, but it hardly pays for itself." This book aims to solve the mysteries that many site owners feel about the performance of their website. Some owners don't know any better, some...
[Book Cover] Web Design and Marketing Solutions for Business Websites
Web Design and Marketing Solutions for Business Websites
Kevin Potts has done an incredible job of presenting the logical steps to make your site usable, accessible, and marketable. The web industry is a noisy one. Everyone has a website, and with the help of some text editors, anyone can theoretically create a websit...
[Book Cover] The Rails Way
The Rails Way
The Rails Way by Obie Fernandez is an extremely thorough book about Ruby on Rails. Addison-Wesley has another book that has always been by my side as a reference while programming Ruby: The Ruby Way. I love this book for its depth and attention to detail. Many t...
[Book Cover] Mobile Web Design
Mobile Web Design
Mobile Web Design by Cameron Moll is a very small, but concise and thorough, book on designing for the mobile web. This book does not teach methods for designing for mobile devices, but the options available to use as web developers. Cameron does a great job of ...
[Book Cover] Accelerated DOM Scripting with AJAX, APIs, and Libraries
Accelerated DOM Scripting with AJAX, APIs, and Libraries
Accelerated DOM Scripting, Ajax, APIs, and Libraries by Jonathan Snook, Aaron Gustafson, Stuart Langridge, and Dan Webb is not just another book on DOM scripting. There are many excellent DOM scripting and JavaScript books available to us as developers. Some are...
[Book Cover] Beginning HTML with CSS and XHTML: Modern Guide and Reference
Beginning HTML with CSS and XHTML: A Modern Guide and Reference
Beginning HTML with CSS and XHTML: Modern Guide and Reference by David Schultz and Craig Cook is an excellent beginners introduction to HTML and CSS. Through each of the eleven chapters the authors walk through the basics and foundation of HTML. For those who ar...
[Book Cover] Professional Search Engine Optimization with PHP
Professional Search Engine Optimization with PHP
Professional Search Engine Optimization with PHP by Jaimie Sirovich and Christian Darie is a very thorough resource and tutorial on how to optimize your website for search engines, using PHP as your programming language of choice. If you are a Search Engine Mark...
[Book Cover] RailsSpace: Building a Social Networking Website with Ruby on Rails
RailsSpace: Building a Social Networking Website with Ruby on Rails
RailsSpace: Building a Social Networking Website with Ruby on Rails by Michael Hartl and Aurelius Prochazka is part of the Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series and does an excellent job of teaching Ruby on Rails through a hands-on, real world application. If ...
[Book Cover] Pro CSS and HTML Design Patterns
Pro CSS and HTML Design Patterns
Pro CSS and HTML Design Patterns by Michael Bowers is an incredible resource and toolbox for any level web developer. Whether you are just beginning with CSS or are of a professional status, this book has something to offer. With over 300 different design patter...
[Book Cover] PPK On JavaScript
PPK On JavaScript
PPK on JavaScript by Peter-Paul Koch might just be the most thorough JavaScript book I have read. Through the use of eight real-world example scripts, PPK walks us through JavaScript from the very beginning. Over the years JavaScript has had its ups and downs. T...
[Book Cover] Textpattern Solutions: PHP-Based Content Management Made Easy
Textpattern Solutions: PHP-Based Content Management Made Easy
Textpattern Solutions: PHP-Based Content Management Made Easy by Kevin Potts, Robert Sable, and Nathan Smith (with Mary Fredborg and Cody Lindley, foreword by Jon Hicks) is a cohesive primer to getting started, working in, and managing the Textpattern CMS. If yo...
[Book Cover] The Principles of Beautiful Web Design
The Principles of Beautiful Web Design
The Principles of Beautiful Web Design by Jason Beaird is a concise book about basic design principles. To some, design is something that is tough to grasp and is a mystery to understand. To others it simply comes naturally. If you find yourself struggling with ...
[Book Cover] Simply JavaScript
Simply JavaScript
Simply Javascript by Kevin Yank and Cameron Adams lives up to the subtitle of Everything you need to learn Javascript from scratch. Javascript is a tricky subject to tackle. The Internet is full of Javascript snippets and code samples everywhere you look. Often ...
[Book Cover] Web Development Solutions: Ajax, APIs, Libraries, and Hosted Services Made Easy
Web Development Solutions: AJAX, APIs, and Hosted Services Made Easy
Web Development Solutions: Ajax, APIs, Libraries, and Hosted Services Made Easy by Christian Heilmann and Mark Norman Francis left me with mixed feelings. The title lead me to believe there would be some more in-depth information related to the topics, but in re...
[Book Cover] Web Standards Creativity: Innovations in Web Design with XHTML, CSS, and DOM Scripting
Web Standards Creativity: Innovations in Web Design with XHTML, CSS, and DOM Scripting
Web Standards Creativity: Innovations in Web Design with XHTML, CSS, and DOM Scripting by Cameron Adams, Mark Boulton, Andy Clarke, Simon Collison, Jeff Croft, Derek Featherstone, Ian Lloyd, Ethan Marcotte, Dan Rubin, and Rob Weychert —whew—was an ex...
[Book Cover] Microformats: Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0
Microformats: Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0
Microformats: Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0 by John Allsopp is an incredible resource for learning Microformats. I didn’t know what to expect with this book, as part of me wondered how someone could take over 300+ pages to talk about Microformats. Tru...
[Book Cover] The Art and Science of CSS
The Art and Science of CSS
The Art and Science of CSS was a quick read (208 pages) and packed full of valuable code examples. Unlike other CSS books that teach you the specifics of CSS with vague examples (not vague in a bad way), this book teaches you specific examples and gives you extr...
[Book Cover] Bulletproof AJAX
Bulletproof AJAX
Bulletproof AJAX by Jeremy Keith was an excellent beginners book to AJAX. For those who have read Bulletproof Web Design by Dan Cederholm, this book literally took the same approach. The book starts with the very basics and walks you to the end where you create ...
[Book Cover] Pro JavaScript Techniques
Pro JavaScript Techniques
Pro Javascript Techniques by John Resig was a very in-depth look at Javascript and its capabilities. I loved this book for the simple fact that the first chapter started by introducing you to objects in Javascript. No time was wasted on the basics, you were divi...
[Book Cover] Rails Solutions: Ruby on Rails Made Easy
Rails Solutions: Ruby on Rails Made Easy
Rails Solutions by Justin Williams was an excellent primer to the popular framework, Ruby on Rails. I recently had a chance to learn some basics of the RoR framework from a friend of mine, Stephen Rainey. He got me up and running and pointed me to some great res...
[Book Cover] HTML Mastery
HTML Mastery
HTML Mastery by Paul Haine was definitely not your average HTML for Dummies type book. Paul did a great job of covering HTML thoroughly and ended on a note that inspired you to think beyond the basics. Some might be turned off by another HTML book, but this book...
[Book Cover] Pro CSS Techniques
Pro CSS Techniques
Pro CSS Techniques by Jeff Croft, Dan Rubin, and Ian Lloyd is a very thorough book on practical CSS. Having just read Simon Collison’s Beginning CSS Web Development I found this to be a great continuation of the learning process. This book picks up where S...
[Book Cover] Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design
Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design
Transcending CSS by Andy Clarke literally ‘transcends’ other CSS books that I have read. Now, to bring that into context — the other books I have read were incredible books, this one just takes CSS from a different perspective than the others (...
[Book Cover] Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook
Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook
Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook is a 2004 release by Dan Cederholm. I was inclined to read this book after reading his more recent publication, Bulletproof Web Design. I really enjoy his writing style and the content presented. Though this...
[Book Cover] Getting Real
Getting Real
Getting Real is a recent release by the guys over at 37signals. I actually stumbled upon this book and read it online from their website. It is a very quick read that conjured up some different thoughts and approaches. I have used different 37signals application...
[Book Cover] Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become
Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become
Ambient Findability by Peter Morville took me back to my days of college. I initially purchased this book due to it’s high reference from other respected designers and developers. My first inclination was that the book would be about SEO or something along...
[Book Cover] Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance
Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance
Update July 8th, 2007: Be sure to read the online chapter, Understanding Web Accessibility. Also, be sure to read Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design by Shawn Henry. Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance was one of th...
[Book Cover] Beginning CSS Web Development: From Novice to Profesional
Beginning CSS Web Development: From Novice to Professional
Beginning CSS Web Development by Simon Collison is the perfect beginners guide to CSS. As the subtitle says, ‘the book is about taking you from novice to professional’ by the time you are finished. This book is laid out very well, and moves at a perf...
[Book Cover] DHTML Utopia Modern Web Design Using JavaScript and DOM
DHTML Utopia: Modern Web Design Using JavaScript and DOM
DHTML Utopia by Stuart Langridge was a very thorough book on using Javascript and the DOM. This book seemed to pick up from the previous book I read, DOM Scripting by Jeremy Keith. Not that one was better than the other, in fact, I think they complemented each o...
[Book Cover] DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model
DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model
DOM Scripting by Jeremy Keith gives you a very smooth introduction to JavaScript and the DOM. The books is more directed at those who are just beginning JavaScript or have used it in the past but would like more knowledge. The book itself flows well from chapte...
[Book Cover] Prioritizing Web Usability
Prioritizing Web Usability
Prioritizing Web Usability by Jakob Nielsen and Hoa Loranger can best be described as a more ‘strict’ approach to web usability. If you have been in web development for any extended period of time it is likely that you have heard the name Jakob Niels...
[Book Cover] Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Second Edition
Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug is a great resource for a deeper understanding of web usability. The title of his book says it all, and his writing style reflects it perfectly. A short read — but jam packed with great information. What I like most...
[Book Cover] CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery is one of the best advanced CSS books I have read in a while. Andy Budd does an incredible job of articulating the different aspects of CSS. From basic positioning to advanced layout and ‘tricks’. The book’s style is a very easy re...
[Book Cover] Bulletproof Web Design
Bulletproof Web Design
Bulletproof Web Design does an incredible job of teaching, step-by-step, how to make your website ‘Bulletproof’. The author introduced the book by defining what it means to have a bulletproof website. He used the example of a police officer wearing a...
[Book Cover] Essential PHP Security
Essential PHP Security
Essential PHP Security by Chris Shiflett was a very concise read on PHP Security. I had read several articles from http://www.phpsec.org and really enjoyed the content. The articles were written in an easy to understand format with practical solutions. I picked...