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Advanced Professional Web Design: Techniques & Templates (CSS & XHTML) (Charles River Media Internet) [Paperback]

by Clint (Clint Eccher) Eccher
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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September 4, 2006 1584504943 978-1584504948 001
Advanced Professional Web Design: Techniques and Templates (CSS & XHTML) is the must-have book for advanced designers who want to expand their skills and improve the quality of their designs. Learning CSS technology and continually improving one's design and developer skills is becoming increasingly essential for every Web designer in today's marketplace. This book teaches designers and developers how to bridge the knowledge gap from XHTML table-based design to full CSS-based design, and master the technologies and techniques needed. But the book isn't just about the theory behind design; it's about putting it into practice right away. Using the ~140 customizable designs, designers can use what they learn immediately. This indispensable collection of designs includes 20 CSS-driven templates, 80 XHTML table-based templates, 10 e-newsletter templates, 10 signature templates, and 20 Photoshop designs that can be coded. Too see some of the sample templates that come on the book's companion CD, visit the author's Web site at http://www.a5design.com/a5-book-designs. The book goes well beyond the authors' very successful Professional Web Design: Techniques and Templates by providing advanced tools and techniques that teach how e-commerce and shopping carts work, explain the concept of database-driven sites, and show how to create relative sizing designs, among other important topics. The techniques are taught with an emphasis on CSS, including explanations, examples, and templates that go far beyond existing CSS documentation. The database-driven and e-commerce examples in the book are written using CFML (ColdFusion Markup Language). Because the purpose of this book is to give a high-level explanation of such techniques, the techniques can be easily translated to other languages, such as ASP/ASP.Net, JSP, and PHP. This is a unique training course and free library of templates all in one!


Product Details

  • Series: Charles River Media Internet
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Charles River Media; 001 edition (September 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584504943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584504948
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is not for Advanced Programmers. September 3, 2007
By Steven
Format:Paperback
As a professional programmer I purchased this book to master CSS & XHTML Table-less layouts. As as advanced programmer I was surprised to see the first 100 pages of the book were written as a beginner's overview of how the web works. (A total waste of time for me.) The second part of the book takes you through a step by step process of creating layouts. The problem is the code added in each step is combined with all the previous work and the reader is left trying to sort out the differences in the code examples. Additionally The code examples are NOT provided on the CD. For some insane reason the images in the book are provided instead. I tried to contact the author to inquire if I am using the book incorrectly, but there has been no response. It appears to me that what is missing is the layout concepts. Clint jumps right in to the examples before explaining the process. It was not until I combed through the 140 examples before I realized his technique was to nest absolutely positioned div's in parent relatively positioned div's. Once I deduced that small piece of critical knowledge, the rest fell into place. The 140 examples are nice, but really only 5-6 are needed.

A far better book is: HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS
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2.0 out of 5 stars Duplicate of Professional Web Design February 26, 2010
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I have Clint Eccher's "Professional Web Design" (2008), and I have found it useful, so I thought that "Advanced Professional Web Design" (2007) would take up where that left off. Instead, three-fourths of the content of the "advanced" book is simply a duplicate of content from the other book. Given my expectation, I was quite disappointed. There are a few chapters beyond the "basic" book that cover database driven sites, but the examples and templates are the same.

You may find one or the other of these two books useful, but the amount of overlap and outright duplication of content between the books is so great that you certainly don't need both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK September 28, 2013
By Tom
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Awesome book kind of like his first but from what I have scanned over so far it is top notch! The company that sold it to me are 100% top notch 100% Honest and 100% Kind, I buy a lot of things online now I spend anywhere from 15k to 40k yearly on online purchases Thank you all again!

Tom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Amateurs Web Designers February 24, 2009
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This book is great for any amateurs that wants to design a professional web site or a career in web design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!! Great investment! December 2, 2007
Format:Paperback
As with the first book, the designs included with this one have helped make me look extremely professional among my clients. I am able to customize a couple designs, show them to my clients, and always close the deal. Plus, I learned a lot about creating tableless designs. The book also helped me to better understand the how e-commerce works. I definitely recommend this book for someone needing a quick fix to creating a graphically professional site.
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