- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 4 edition (May 6, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201735172
- ISBN-13: 978-0201735178
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 234 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The good news was that the book has all the code on a website with the images of the examples available for download and that saved the day. Had I known, I would have NOT bought the book and just used the website as a tutorial.
Keep in mind that this is a book primarily for beginners to the field. You don't even have to know much HTML, which is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it forces the book to explain most of the functionality that you will need to know, but a curse because it holds back from dealing with more advanced functions. Hardcore, experienced programmers are not the book's intended audience, so the gaps in its information are not as harmful as they would otherwise be. The subjects that it does cover are explained reasonably well and should be simple enough for most people to understand.
Unfortunately, there are a handful of places where the book assumes the reader to have more knowledge than a beginner would likely have. To an experienced programmer, these omissions would not be the slightest problem, but the book seems to be geared more towards novices. Basic programming concepts like loops and conditionals are mentioned, and briefly explained, but don't provide quite enough elaboration for someone who has never had any experience with such things before. This really only happens in a few isolated areas, but it could probably frustrate a beginner.
One thing I really like is the simplified version of complicated scripts. For instance, the rollover button script that Dreamweaver uses has a lot of extra code that, at least to a beginner, makes no sense and seems unnecessary. When I looked for an alternative script on the web, I found an even more complicated one. The script the book shows you is *so* easy and it works! Why doesn't everybody use something this simple?
Anyway, I look at all of the VQS books as starters. You're going to have to get a more advanced book if you want to do anything heavy duty...