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Codin' for the Web: A Designer's Guide to Developing Dynamic Web Sites Paperback – November 20, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0321429193 ISBN-10: 0321429192 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Charles Wyke-Smith has been creating Web sites since 1994. Through his consulting company, BBd (www.bbd.com), he provides Web design and user experi-ence services to corporate, nonprofit, and e-commerce companies. An accomplished speaker and instructor, Wyke-Smith has also taught multimedia and interface design and spoken at many industry conferences. He wrote the best-selling Stylin’ with CSS: A Designer’s Guide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (November 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321429192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321429193
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Wyke-Smith has been involved in media production for his entire career. In the mid-80s, he co-founded PRINTZ Electronic Design, an early, all-computerized design studio in San Francisco. He has worked in management and consulting roles at Wells Fargo, ESPN Videogames, and Benefitfocus, where he was Director of User Experience. In 2009, he co-founded PeopleMatter, an HR platform for the services industries. He is currently CEO of a new startup, Bublish, a book discovery platform.
Charles is a performing musician and author of several Web development books, including Stylin' with CSS, Codin' for the Web, Scriptin' with AJAX, and Visual Stylin' with CSS3. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife and two daughters.

Customer Reviews

This book is excellent and lucid.
Pat D. Love
I would say this book is aimed at the Beginner+ web designer - one who is ready to move past static HTML sites and start building dynamic sites.
Laura Thomas
I will definitely look at this other books, the next time I'm in the market for another computer book.
Starry-Eyed

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 26, 2006
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Every time you buy a computer-related book, you hope that it is going to be THE one that ties it all together for you - answers all your questions, and leaves you thinking that with this book alone, I'm going to understand and be able to actually DO what I'm wanting to get done. Like me, if you are the frequent buyer of computer books, you know that we purchase each book with this eternal optimism, only to be let down every single time. Not any more: THIS BOOK TRULY IS WHAT YOU'RE HOPING TO BUY!
The author not only understands the subject, but more than any other author I've ever read, he truly seems to have the geek-free comprehension of what his audience is wanting to get from the book. This isn't even meat and potatoes - It's meat only! Other books will touch on every important issue, but always with the caveat of "a detailed discussion is beyond the scope of this book".

SO WHO'S THE PERFECT AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK, AND WHAT IS IT GOING TO CONVEY SO WELL?

This book is perfect for all of those readers who have a little bit of exposure to javascript, php, XHTML, and CSS, probably gained from a frustrated, partial reading of other books, all originally read because you want to truly understand what it takes to put up a high-quality, interactive web site from scratch. This book is going to show you (really!!) how to do that!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laura Thomas on December 6, 2006
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Woohoo! My copy of Codin' for the Web has arrived. As a huge fan of Stylin' with CSS, when I saw that Charles Wyke-Smith was coming out with a new book I promptly pre-ordered my copy from Amazon.

I have not been disappointed. Even as someone who has some basic knowledge of PHP and some experience with writing SQL queries, it is nice to have someone explain it to me clearly. He uses relevent examples - ones that you will want to incorporate into your own website (i.e.: developing a CMS, creating an authentication system, dynamic navigation, as well as coding/PHP basics).

The book is another slick publication by New Riders and has the same easy-to-read-in-bed style as the last book, complete with the useful sidebar comments for the code and downloadable code.

I would say this book is aimed at the Beginner+ web designer - one who is ready to move past static HTML sites and start building dynamic sites.

Thanks Charles! And keep 'em coming.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Starry-Eyed on December 8, 2007
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I've spent a lot of time looking for a resource I could use to teach myself php. The biggest problem I've ran into is the book/website either being 1) over my head, or 2) unbearable to read.

Luckily this item was neither of the above. Though I haven't made it though the entire book yet I have found this to be -extremely- helpful and well written. I don't come from a coding background at all so I had to find something that really started from the ground up. I found this to be easily understandable to someone who doesn't get coding. Additionally his website has two extra beginning chapters if you really need to go over the basics (which I did for the coding part).

The language is clear and concise and not confusing or dull. So I would highly, highly recommend this title to anyone from a design background looking to expand their talents. So far it's one of the best I've found.I will definitely look at this other books, the next time I'm in the market for another computer book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Bathurst on February 26, 2008
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Codin' was a good introductory if you already have a solid background in computers (OS, File Systems, file types etc...) and at least an intermediate understanding of html (although to the author's credit he offers some bonus material on html if you don't). It really works well if you are an advanced html person with at least some web design experience but want to dive into scripting and creating interactive websites. He does a good job of introducing php as a language and showing some simple techniques to get you up and running quickly, especially with forms. Not a book for advanced php developers and there is really no javascript which I think would be an important component to show how the two languages can be used in conjunction. Also maybe some explanation as to when php is appropriate vs. say a full OOL (object oriented language) like java or where it might make sense to use javascript instead of php to handle front end stuff. Overall it is a good book. I thought the author could have done a better job of explaining in the form chapter how the form fields can be input into a database but he stopped after explaining the input into a flat file which most people I have found wouldn't find all that useful since a db is the way to go in most instances. He goes into the db in the next chapter and sort of leaves you hangin with the previous form explanations. He circles back around and explains in later chapters but it was a little confusing because you had to infer some stuff to make the connection. Overall I recommend the book though and I have a Master's degree in IT and am very familiar with html, css, and SQL, and now a decent foundation in php.

BTW, I found the code examples offered on his site very useful and helped me get past some of the stuff that I had to infer.
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