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Creating Killer Web Sites: Art of Third-generation Web Site Design
Creating Killer Web Sites: Art of Third-generation Web Site Design
von David Siegel
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen This is a historically important book for web design, 28. Juli 2000
If in about 5-10 years, someone chose to write a book about the development of web design, this book would rank at or near the top. This is probably the book that truly unleashed the so-called second-generation concept of web design on the world, for better or worse. Do you want to know about how to use tables for layouts, use transparent 1-pixel GIFs as spacers or "shims" to keep everything from getting wobbly, and how to use GIF-text images in conjunction with actual text to make your page look just the way you, the designer, want it to? All those techniques are explained here in great detail, with lots of examples, plus you can look at the companion website for source code.

Of course this second edition came out in 1997 - and now it's 2000, and many of the techniques he explains are outdated. Current-day standards advocates, usability experts and the like deplore the kinds of methods described here. Yet, probably most of the "designed" websites out there that are not using just the latest techniques or the the other extreme - just using plain-looking text layouts - are using at least a few of the techniques detailed here. So if you are new to HTML and web design, and you want to know how to make your pages look like much of what's on the web right now, this book is a must. "HTML Magic", which covers the much of the same material, is also recommended.


HTML Web Magic (Magic (New Riders))
HTML Web Magic (Magic (New Riders))
von Raymond Pirouz
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Outdated but still viable HTML tutorial, 21. Juli 2000
The tips and tricks are basically for version 3 and 4 browsers (well look at the publication date...) so if you are looking for the very latest DHTML techniques, look elsewhere. However if you want to learn the standard backwards-compatible layout techniques that most sites still use, such as table layouts, frames, IMG tag tricks, you can't do much better than this excellent book. The only glaring thing missing is an index - but that seems to be an unfortunate "feature" of all the Magic books. If you are a web designer just starting out, and you want to advance beyond basic HTML without having to invest in a WYSIWYG editor, this book is for you.


Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Guide: The Definitive Reference (Classique Us)
Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Guide: The Definitive Reference (Classique Us)
von Danny Goodman
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Just essential, 19. Juli 2000
I make my living creating web pages, coding web pages, and fixing other people's web pages. This book goes with me everywhere. It is clearly arranged, well written, well indexed and everything else that you would want from a reference book. If you have to deal with websites on the client side on any level beyond "beginner" (or pre-DHTML 3.0 browsers) this book is a must. I just hope that the author will bring out an updated version when Netscape 6 is released.


Apache: The Definitive Guide (Classique Us)
Apache: The Definitive Guide (Classique Us)
von Ben Laurie
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not too useful for standard Linux installations, 19. Juli 2000
I would imagine that the book might be easier to follow if I had done exactly what the authors do, which is to install FreeBSD and then install Apache with the included CD-ROM. But that's not really an option in most cases unless you can afford to have a separate machine that doesn't have the standard Linux installation on it, just for following the book. I've learned a lot more about how to set up Apache to properly on Linux (Redhat 6.2) by searching around the web and reading the online documentation than from this book. This is so disappointing, because like others, I usually love anything that is published by O'Reilly. The only thing that stops me from giving it a lower rating is that some of the information is kind of useful. I have Professional Apache on order now, and I'm hoping for more from that.


HTML Artistry: More Than Code
HTML Artistry: More Than Code
von Ardith Ibanez
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen This is one of those "web design inspiration" books, 20. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: HTML Artistry: More Than Code (Taschenbuch)
This is not really a book for learning HTML or Javascript or any of the tools used to create the sites profiled, and it's not a reference book either. Rather, it's a book for getting inspiration on innovative ways of doing things. Other books in this category include "Click Here" by Raymond Pirouz, "Web Design Studio Secrets", and probably the original one of this type, "Killer Websites" and its second edition by David Siegel. All books of this type tend to be opinionated but perhaps this one is a bit less obvious than some others. However it's important to keep in mind that it's the authors that selected the sites to include. And of course everyone has a different opinion as to what constitutes good, innovative design. So the question is...what can you get from books like this that you can't get from surfing around and viewing the source code of sites you like? Well, this book does include lots of sample code and some useful appendices, and the instruction parts are quite clear. Most of all it leads you to sites you may not have been aware of that are pushing the design envelope on the web. Last but not least, it's quite well written. It's probably most useful to intermediate + web designers.


Pot of Gold
Pot of Gold
von Judith Michael
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen A nice ice cream sundae, 30. Dezember 1997
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Pot of Gold (Taschenbuch)
The Kirkus Reviews article calls it cherry Jell-o with fake whipped cream, but I think it's more like a good ice cream sundae with all the toppings. "What if you won the lottery?" is a popular daydream for most people, and here, the authors give us a pretty nice example, not one of those horror stories you hear on Oprah or whatever of people who experienced hell after winning the big jackpot. And, the writing of Judith Michael is not "awful" - it's a lot better than Danielle Steele, for example, who's a truly bad writer. So, if you like nice fantasies - especially if you're a woman - and have had one of those "what if I won the lottery" daydreams, it's good reading.


Skye O'Malley
Skye O'Malley
von Bertrice Small
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen It is, after all, a Historical Romance, 27. Dezember 1997
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Skye O'Malley (Taschenbuch)
(The rating above is within the genre of Historical Romance, not in comparison to War and Peace!) Sure it has very purple prose. But it is a Historical Romance - what do you expect? I'm not a major genre fan but I do kind of enjoy Bertrice Small's books. What makes then fun? Lots of historical details (accurate or not), lots of descriptions of yummy food, lots of gorgeous men and women and clothes and jewels and houses, and of course, lots and lots of sex. There is probably more sex (some of it quite graphic, almost always heterosexual) in Bertrice Small novels than in most other historical romances. Skye O'Malley is the most famous of her books, and if you like this one, you'll probably like the others - if you fall in love with the heroine herself, you can folow the amazingly complicated saga of her life for several more books. It has most of the usual plot lines she favors - awakening of a virgin, main female character who has money sense, abduction to a harem in the non-Christian (usually somewhere in the Ottoman Empire) world, etc. Sure, it's silly, but you can't always read War and Peace.


I'll Take Manhattan
I'll Take Manhattan
von Judith Krantz
  Taschenbuch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fun in New York, 27. Dezember 1997
Rezension bezieht sich auf: I'll Take Manhattan (Taschenbuch)
The story starts with a rather questionable scene where the heroine, Maxi, "bribes" a JFK customs official by offering him herself, so to speak, in return for letting her through fast. But it picks up quite a bit from there. As always, great good-vs. evil story (the "evil" in this one is perhaps the most malevolent of all her books, in the person of Cutter Amberville), very appealing major and side characters, nice setting details (this time of the magazine business), and a satisfying ending. It also is kind of a love poem to New York City in certain aspects (even if Donald Trump makes an appearence...it is after all set in the mid-'80s.) Incidentally, Maxi Amberville makes a short by-mention cameo in the latest Krantz novel, Spring Collection.


Spring Collection
Spring Collection
von Judith Krantz
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,76

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fast-paced and very entertaining read, 27. Dezember 1997
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Spring Collection (Taschenbuch)
After Scruples Two and Lovers, I was a bit worried that Judith Krantz, my favorite pure-entertainment novelist, was stuck in an '80s timewarp. (Her publicity photo on the bookjacket certainly is.) But this latest book is very much of the '90s, showing that she can adapt to a different era from the time of Princess Daisy, I'll Take Manhattan and co. Spring Collection is a lot faster-paced than all her other books, and most of the action takes place within just a couple of weeks. All the heroines - there are five in this one - are very appealing, and it also features one of the most attractive of any of her main male characters, Jacques Necker. (If you know any real Swiss men like that, please let me know!)


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