- Series: Missing Manual
- Paperback: 622 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 4 edition (July 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491918071
- ISBN-13: 978-1491918074
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matthew MacDonald is a developer, author, and educator in all things Visual Basic and .NET. He's worked with Visual Basic and ASP since their initial versions, and has written over a dozen books on the subject, including The Book of VB .NET (No Starch Press) and Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook (O'Reilly). He has also written a number of Missing Manual titles on Excel 2007 and Access 2007 (O’Reilly). His website is http://www.prosetech.com/.
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There is a goodly amount of material concerning the details of successfully completing each step in the process. I learned several things that I hadn't seen in reading website design books for four years. Even at this late date it has made me a better website programmer and I recommend it for all beginning website designers.
We all know Web sites, or think we do. I picked up this book just looking for enough HTML and CSS to let me build a basic Web site, which it did. But it also places the site you're building in the much more global context of the Internet, covering not just coding but buying your own domain names and selecting hosting vendors; interacting with search engines and publicizing your site; where to get free site analytics and track how it is being followed; how your site fits in (or not) with blogs and Facebook, and how to work with active content and media.
Yes, you know these things or at least know their names; so did I. But I haven't found a book that even attempts to pull all the topics into one volume you could lift without getting a hernia. So if you're proud that you're Web savvy...buy the book anyway and just hide it when company comes over.
Quibbles: Each of the topics covered deserves a book of its own, and there are multiple out there for any given topic; so "Creating a Web Site" is the survey course...you'll want to deep dive with a more detailed book on the topics that interest you. As a corollary, if you're already a certified code jockey, this isn't your book and you know that already. (But while developing the code, you may not be thinking about marketing and monetizing the site, and this book can help you there.) And there are point, particularly in describing blogging and site analytics, where the author ties his discussion very closely to Google and that company's offerings. He does try to be vendor-independent in other chapters, however, and in fairness, the Google services he describes are free (my favorite price) and the discussion gives you an idea why Google is such a big player, beyond just its search engine offering.
Hidden gem: The author mentions a Microsoft product, Expression Web, as an alternative to Dreamweaver for building Web sites. When he wrote the book, Expressions Web was a product you had to buy. Subsequently, Microsoft has made it a free download. It's unclear how long they will continue to support this free product, so my strong advice is to head over to Microsoft's web site, search on "Expression Web 4" and download it while it's still free. That alone will save you a few hundred bucks and makes the book pay for itself.
Great book, even if you know the Web. And oh, yeah...I even got my Web site built using this volume alone. Highly recommended.
Overall, this book is a great intro, but it will not get you a fully polished, functional, and aesthetic website. Also, once again, LESS THAN 50% OF THE BOOK INVOLVES ACTUALLY MAKING THE WEBSITE.