9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Very readable, down-to-earth book on Web Publishing,
This review is from: Philip & Alex's Guide to Web Publishing (Paperback)
Greenspun writes in a very direct, down-to-earth and, at times, self-critical manner. Graphics designers, MBA's, bloated corporate management and packaged Web solutions receive ruthless trashing (but: with good arguments to support the trashing). This book contains both technical information (albeit heavily biased towards AOLServer, TCL and Oracle) and clear explanations of the ideas and design choices.
Note, this is not a book that will teach you fancy HTML tags, really cool SQL queries or powerplay server-side scripting. You should read it for its ideas and then seek additional documentation for implementation specifics.
The book is printed on heavy, glossy paper and is stuffed with Greenspun's photographs (which may be appreciated much more at [...] a website he started several years ago). The quality of the book's binding is, sadly, quite insufficient. Even with proper care, several pages have fallen out within a few months.
In short: I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about (starting in) Web design and, most importantly, online communities.