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The Non-Designer's Design Book
Robin Williams
0321193857
July 2003
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Book Description
So you have a great concept and all the fancy digital tools you could possibly require—what's stopping you from creating beautiful pages? Namely the training to pull all of these elements together into a cohesive design that effectively communicates your message. Not to worry: This book is the one place you can turn to find quick, non-intimidating, excellent design help. In The Non-Designer's Design Book, 2nd Edition, best-selling author Robin Williams turns her attention to the basic principles of good design and typography. All you have to do is follow her clearly explained concepts, and you'll begin producing more sophisticated, professional, and interesting pages immediately. Humor-infused, jargon-free prose interspersed with design exercises, quizzes, illustrations, and dozens of examples make learning a...


Web Design and Development
Kelly Valqui
1584502010
Oct 2002
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HTML: Your Visual Blueprint For Designing Web Pages with HTML, CSS, and XHTML
Jade L. Williams (Editor)
076458331X
May 2005
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Book Description
* Offers professional-level instruction in Web page design in a unique visual format, with most tasks demonstrated on self-contained two-page spreads
* Key tasks covered include setting up a Web page, reducing image resolution, creating radio buttons, adding a hit counter, creating an inline frame, and adding an embedded sound
* High-resolution screen shots accompanied by succinct explanations clearly illustrate each task, while "Apply It" and "Extra" sidebars highlight useful tips
* Companion Web site features all the code that appears in the text-ready to plug into the user's Web pages

From the Back Cover
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Welcome to the only guidebook series that takes a visual approach to professional-level computer topics. Open the book and you'll discover...



Fundamental Web Design and Development Skills
Rachel Andrew
1590591844
Mar 2003
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Book Description
The world of web design is at a turning point, with great emphasis on Web Standards, designing for all browsers and platforms while still looking great and communicating your message. This is the first book for the beginner that covers all the modern methods of making web sites to get you ahead of the rest when looking for that job. The authors are all respected web design professionals, who write knowledgeably and comprehensively without all the intimidating jargon or assuming a degree in programming. What this book covers: The Web and How It Works Basic HTML Design and Process Advanced Markup: HTML, XML, and XHTML Creating Graphics for the Web Traditional Page Layout Techniques Navigation CSS: Modern Layout and Style Applying JavaScript in Your Pages An Introduction to Usability Standards Compliance Getting Your Site...


Agile Web Development with Rails: A Pragmatic Guide
Dave Thomas
097669400X
July 2005
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Book Description
Rails is a full-stack, open-source web framework that enables you to create full-featured, sophisticated web-based applications, but with a twist... A full Rails application probably has less total code than the XML you'd need to configure the same application in other frameworks. With this book you'll learn how to use ActiveRecord to connect business objects and database tables. No more painful object-relational mapping. Just create your business objects and let Rails do the rest. You'll learn how to use the Action Pack framework to route incoming requests and render pages using easy-to-write templates and components. See how to exploit the Rails service frameworks to send emails, implement web services, and create dynamic, user-centric web-pages using built-in Javascript and Ajax support. There...


Web Design & Development Using XHTML with CDROM
Jeffrey Griffin
1887902570
June 2003
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PHP and MySQL Web Development
Luke Welling
0672326728
October 2004
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Book Review
The PHP server-side scripting language and the MySQL database management system (DBMS) make a potent pair. Both are open-source products--free of charge for most purposes--remarkably strong, and capable of handling all but the most enormous transaction loads. Both are supported by large, skilled, and enthusiastic communities of architects, programmers, and designers. PHP and MySQL Web Development introduces readers (who are assumed to have little or no experience with the title subjects) to PHP and MySQL for the purpose of creating dynamic Internet sites. It teaches the same skills as introductory Active Server Pages (ASP) and ColdFusion books--technologies that address the same niche.

Authors Luke Welling and Laura Thomson's technique aims to get readers going on their own projects as soon as possible. They present...



HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Elizabeth Castro
0321130073
September 2002
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Book Review
It's important for anyone who creates Web sites--even those who rely on powerful editors like Dreamweaver or GoLive--to know HTML. The World Wide Web Consortium rewrote HTML as a subset of XML (dubbing it "XHTML 1.0") and the allowable code will eventually be stricter. Tags that are being phased out are labeled "deprecated"--current browsers can still handle them, but if you want your site to keep up with future browsers, not to mention conform to accessibility requirements, you will want to get on top of XHTML.

Of course, Elizabeth Castro manages to write books that not only speak to those who are already fluent in HTML, but are good for newbies too. She makes it a breeze to create sites that are visually stylish and technically sophisticated without the expense of buying an editor.

Among the topics covered in her new...



Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity
Jakob Nielsen
156205810X
December 1999
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Book Review
Creating Web sites is easy. Creating sites that truly meet the needs and expectations of the wide range of online users is quite another story. In Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, renowned Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen shares his insightful thoughts on the subject. Packed with annotated examples of actual Web sites, this book sets out many of the design precepts all Web developers should follow.

This guide segments discussions of Web usability into page, content, site, and intranet design. This breakdown skillfully isolates for the reader many subtly different challenges that are often mixed together in other discussions. For example, Nielsen addresses the requirements of viewing pages on varying monitor sizes separately from writing concise text for "scanability." Along the way, the author pulls no...



Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Steve Krug
0789723107
October 2000
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Book Review
Usability design is one of the most important--yet often least attractive--tasks for a Web developer. In Don't Make Me Think, author Steve Krug lightens up the subject with good humor and excellent, to-the-point examples.

The title of the book is its chief personal design premise. All of the tips, techniques, and examples presented revolve around users being able to surf merrily through a well-designed site with minimal cognitive strain. Readers will quickly come to agree with many of the book's assumptions, such as "We don't read pages--we scan them" and "We don't figure out how things work--we muddle through." Coming to grips with such hard facts sets the stage for Web design that then produces topnotch sites.

Using an attractive mix of full-color screen shots, cute cartoons and diagrams, and informative sidebars,...



The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web
Dave Shea
0321303474
February 2005
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Book Description
Proving once and for all that standards-compliant design does not equal dull design, this inspiring tome uses examples from the landmark CSS Zen Garden site as the foundation for discussions on how to create beautiful, progressive CSS-based Web sites. By using the Zen Garden sites as examples of how CSS design techniques and approaches can be applied to specific Web challenges, authors Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag provide an eye-opening look at the range of design methods made possible by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). By the time you've finished perusing the volume, you'll have a new understanding of the graphically rich, fully accessible sites that CSS design facilitates. In sections on design, layout, imagery, typography, effects, and themes, Dave and Molly take you through every phase of the design process--from...


Web Design Garage
Marc Campbell
0131481991
January 2005
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Book Description
Isn't it always the way? You take five-hundred-odd manuscript pages, some ninety thousand words, about two hundred thirty figures, and six months of your life trying to explain something, and then some hotshot comes along and sums it all up in a single sentence. It happened to me when I submitted this humble volume for the approval of Eben Hewitt, series editor of the Garage Series books. He came back with the following-;and I quote: Campbell does a terrific job of illustrating that not only are both design and usability important-;they might even be the same thing. When I read that, I nearly fell off my chair. That's it! I shouted. That's what I've been trying to say! But then it occurred to me-;who else might be reading this? Who at my publisher might be weighing a twenty-word summary against a ream of...


Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
Jennifer Niederst
0596001967
October 2001
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Book Review
In 1998, Jennifer Niederst wrote the first edition of this very successful book after she found herself spending way too much time chasing down the solutions to HTML problems. From hexadecimal color specs to mouseover scripts, the answers are all out there, but finding the exact one you need can soak up a whole day. "I wrote Web Design in a Nutshell because it was the book I needed--one place to find quick answers to my questions."

With all that's changed in the meantime, an overhaul is welcome. This is the rare book for designers that is almost completely nonvisual. It doesn't show what's hip in navigational bars or what the coolest colors are. Rather, it gives readers the kind of know-how that can make a difference between someone who just whips up pretty pages with WYSIWYG applications like Dreamweaver and someone who...


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