- Paperback: 752 pages
- Publisher: Pearson Education; 4 edition (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8131764583
- ISBN-13: 978-8131764589
- Package Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Programming the World Wide Web Paperback – 2011
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Verdict: 3 stars for the general layout and for giving tips and tutorials. Wouldn't advise people to purchase this, as it only gives a broad view vs. an indepth understanding.
The only complaint I have is that sometimes the text can go over my head. Luckily for me, I have an instructor for help, but take that into consideration when making a purchase.
Things I liked and reasons to buy:
The thing I like the most about this book is that it covers the basics of what seems to me to be about every possible important programming technology for the web. Coverage is solid but there is a potential downside (see below). What I also liked was that in the early part of the text it sticks to teaching you XHTML/CSS programming rather than wasting time with older HTML. This book is written by a college professor and he gives you a lot of background information that will give you insight that will allow some deeper understanding.
Things I didn't like and reasons not to buy:
This book covers about 15 technologies (and a few of those each have related technologies that need and get some explanation). Plus: Appedix A is an intro to Java and Appedix C is an intro to Java Applets. The coverage provided for all of these technologies will get you started and teach you the basics but if you plan to program with these technologies you are going to need additional resources. I find the web itself to be a good resource. Finally, this book is expensive. The 5th edition (for whatever reason) is about $30 cheaper. Just get that one. In looking at the reviews of the 5th ed (where someone listed the TOC) I can see that these books appear to be identical. What looks dissappointing to me in the newer 5th edition though, is that it does not include coverage of Groovy/Grails a new web development technology based on Java coding. See grails.org or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grails_(framework).
Happy web programming!