- Series: Pragmatic Programmers
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (January 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934356131
- ISBN-13: 978-1934356135
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brian Hogan has been developing web sites professionally since 1995 as a freelancer and consultant. He's also built small and large web sites and web applications using ASP, PHP, and Ruby on Rails. He enjoys teaching and writing about technology, particularly web design and development.
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If you are smart enough to be interested in a book like this then you probably don't need it.
The chapter on color is worth the book - exactly what you as a developer need to understand and not a bit more.
The title really should have been how to make your web apps look as good as the code behind them, but that's probably too long.
I am not unhappy with the book, just hoped it would have been more Linux friendly. I still need a book that explains database output and how to make it look professional.
The most major flaws in the book (and they are not too significant provided you are aware of them) are the couple of places where the autor provides outdated information. For example on page 127 where he suggests index.html#news will link to <a> on the index.html web page - which only works in some browsers - rather than suggesting that it will link to <div id="news"> which it will link to in all browsers apart from Netscape 4.
Information about IE8 was written before the browser was released and the information discussed on pages 226 and 227 was the way that it was originally proposed to work prior to the browser release on 19th March 2009 (8 months before the book's publication on 19th November). Since the browser actually now works the opposite way to what the book suggests and DOES support the standards unless you put it into compatibility mode those two pages really ought to have been rewritten before the book was published. Surely the nine months that elapsed between IE being changed and the book being released was sufficient notice to make that correction. There is a reference to IE8 nearing completion at the time of writing on the first page of Chapter 15 which is probably about right for when the book was actually being written but surely that browser release was signifiicant enough that the appropriate sections of the book should have been updated to reflect the way that the released version of IE8 works rather than the beta that the author had access to at the time. That there is so much wrong information in the book about one of the most popular browsers currently in use certainly reduces its usefulness.