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|Publisher||:||New Riders Press 1648|
|Number of Pages||:||489 Pages|
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Although there are some gems among the projects in this book for any Web professional, the ones who will surely get the most from this book are those who were trained in the old Photoshop "slice and dice" school. Adept in turning a page into an assembly of graphics-laden table cells, they are a bit threatened by all this CSS furor and wonder why the experts say tables are so bad.If you are one of those people, this book is definitely for you. The author seems to be a former practitioner of Photoshop Phascism herself (one of the book's 14 projects has 71 graphics!) so she knows where you're coming from.She also knows where you have to get to create modern, clean, easily-maintained code.Most of the projects are interesting in themselves and with copious illustrations, easy steps, and thoughtful side notes, you should have no trouble following along.I also really liked the way the code in the accompanying CD was presented. Each directory had an index file with a separate link to each important step. Note: There was often a disconnect between the label in this index and the label used in the book but this did not present an obstacle.There was a bit of a lapse in testing some of the files before publication. The finished files for projects 3 and 9 did not open in IE6/Windows. The problem was infinite looping caused by the script meant to deal with an infirmity in decrepit old Netscape 4...another reason why this browser should be left behind.There was another odd lapse for a book that is very free of errors: No, there is no CURSOR property value of ARROW.One further warning to more advanced Web workers: the reference to DOM in the title may give you the impression that the scripting is the new W3C DOM "node-speak." It is not. Neither is it missed here, because script is not the focus of this fine book. The focus is on good HTML structure and artful styling. If that is your focus too, then this book is for you.
You wanna know what I like about this book? It's going to get you excited about the great things that can be done with the latest browsers. And do yourself a favor, type the code in by hand instead of copy/paste using the CD-ROM.I started with DHTML like just about everyone else: I found something cool and I put it in my web page. But then I wanted to change it a little, so I had to figure out the code. Given time I was just writing the code by hand--straight out of my head.This book explains how to use the code it shows you. If you type it in yourself as you're reading the book, you're going to start to understand it. There's something about the physical process (of typing) that helps seal in this new knowledge.Other reviews here will tell you WHAT is in this book. Still others will tell you HOW well the author explains it. Some of the reviews will even explain WHERE this good stuff can be used. What impresses me the most about this book is that the author answers the question that so many books of this type do not: WHY?I tell my students not to go out and find a script to design a web page around...rather go make a great web page and use this book to make it better.