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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Pocket Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Quick Reference


This is a book that will not find its way back to the shelf, my certainly didn't. I once picked it up to look something up and never put it back, it sits next to my keyboard.
It is an alphabetic reference to all the HTML tags and it not only list them, it shows you how to use them correctly, what your options are etc. It also has a list of the HTML codes for characters, a hex-dec conversion table, and a color table that lists the color names, their RGB values, hex codes and the hex code for the nearest web safe color.
Indispensable, a must for everyone who codes in HTML and very cleverly designed, too.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
typos wreck this potential masterpiece


This book is not his basic volume in SQL, but his advanced volume. It helps you along explaining different issues with an excellent explanation of NULLS, their pros and their cons. It gives examples of solving problems in different SQL ways. A great buy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Implementing CSS that really works


I'd been noodling around with writing and implementing CSS and run into my fair share of brick walls. But I see the future and it is CSS, this is the book that inspired me to take up the cause again in earnest.
The book contains a series of real-life scenarios so you can jump in right away and start using CSS to do what you already do with HTML, just better and faster, and some things you can't do with HTML alone. The projects get increasing more advanced as the book progresses, which makes delving in deeper much less painful than it needs to be because you have an expert guide providing reliable tips and warnings the whole way. For those who have tinkered with CSS cross browser compatibly know that advice alone is worth the cost of the book. There's also a companion site where you can download files to follow along step-by-step with each chapter or double check your own work as you go along.
Like all masters, Meyer makes CSS look easy and this book is put to best use as a companion to an expansive reference guide. After finishing the first chapter I was inspired to download the w3c standards for CSS2. Anything that can get me to read ultra-geeky dry-as-toast info from the consortium and make sense of it is really on to something. Use Meyer's insights and choices in this book as a guide for your own projects as a way to navigate the endless decisions you'll need to make when implementing CSS on your own. If you're looking for a book that will show you how to intelligently approach implementing reliable CSS and spark your creative side this is an excellent choice.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Excellent


All book taught me are too numerous to mention. However, one thing stands out. I can now look at anyone's code and immediately find at least one thing wrong with it no matter how much more experienced or talented they are than me. It helped me develope a style that is effective and respected. I can always easily argue my reasons for coding things the way I do.