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And yet it does seem confused about exactly who its audience is. Right after a chapter on basic flow control, Heilmann tosses off "XSLT" as though he expects his readers to know what that is. I submit that those who needed the first chapter will not need the XSLT bit, and conversely.
The example programs are sloppy and have errors (yes, the versions posted online work, but it's a massive pain in the a$$ to stare at the book for twenty minutes only to realize that there's an error in line x and line y doesn't even need to be there...and it's a bit unfair to expect the reader to know when to stop staring at the book and check the online version to see if it looks any different). Additionally, the author frequently dumps large amounts of code on the reader and instructs them to ignore parts (or to "ignore everything except for"). It happends over and over, and it gets annoying.
Also, from the beginning of the book, there is a heavy emphasis on web accessibility standards. Ensuring that your site can be accessed by visually impaired or otherwise disabled users is fine and great, but the examples get bloated because of it and, imho, it really gets in the way of learning the basic concepts.
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I agree with other reviewers - this book wastes time and space on the obvious things that can be covered in a beginner's book. Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Minkosaurus
The book's title suggests that it's a book for beginners as well as experienced programmers, but I wouldn't recommend this book to a person who is just starting to learn... Read morePublished on September 15, 2009 by Levan Kardava
I found the book to be easy to read and organized in a logical manor. Example code was provided to emphasis important points. Read morePublished on December 18, 2008 by Jesse Tutterrow
He makes me cringe because he describes a lot of practices that are just really cheesy and annoying. Read morePublished on August 13, 2007 by Cameron Hinkle