A popular question many of our visitors have is, "What
books do you recommend?" Well, we have to admit that we have been through
quite a few of them on a wide variety of topics. Have you been
to a bookstore lately? Aisles of Internet-related books.
All of this information is available on the Internet itself, but
nothing has the look, smell, and feel of a book. We are
avid book readers- and not just of computer books.
Here is the problem. All of these books, well most of them
anyway, average about eight-hundred (800) pages. Yikes! Anybody
care to guess where we start an attack on any such beast? The
Index. When you are trying to find something, the index
becomes sort of your personal search engine. Skip any book that
has a skimpy index in the back.
As far as my recommendations go, I am not providing reviews
here. Each book has strong and weak parts. What all of these
books have in common is that they are on my bookcase. Actually,
I am not that organized, they are laying all over the place
on the floor, on the desk, in the bathroom... The fact that they are
out and in use is the best thing I can say for them. (Bruce, speaking
The books are listed in no particular order, so do not infer
anything because one is higher up on the list than another. There
are of course other books around, but these seem to get the most
Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML in 14 Days
Laura Lemay, SAMS.NET Publishing.
This is an excellent book for the basics in most everything
there is about web authoring. You will find a lot of good
ideas in here. As far as 14 days goes... About 800 pages plus
a CD-ROM. Good bedtime reading as well!
HTML The Definitive Guide
Chuck Musciano & Bill Kennedy, O'Reilly & Associates
Very good reference for using the various tags. Points out the
differences in behavior between Netscape and Microsoft Explorer.
Also has a handy special characters chart and is not too dry.
Hope you like Kumquats.
Using HTML, Second Edition
Mark Brown, John Jung, & Tom Savola, QUE
Good coverage of all major topics. Fantastic index. The usual
800 pages plus a CD-ROM.
Using PERL 5 for Web Programming
Harlan, Powers, Doyle, & Foghlu, QUE
Good all around PERL book with items relevant to web work.
This book is not however, for beginners as it assumes you
already know at least one programming language. Once you
get a bit familiar with CGI and PERL, this is a good book
to have sitting around.
PERL 5 HOW-TO
Glover, Humphreys, & Weiss, Waite Group Press
Actually very little material on CGI-BIN, but a good
problem-solution book on PERL 5. The usual 800 or so pages.
Apache Server Bible
Mohammed J. Kabir, IDG Books
This is an absolute must have if you are either administrating an
Apache Web Server, or are hosted on one.
THE Greatest HTML Resource on Earth- Period
Everyone who has gone before you
See something you like as you are browsing? Take advantage of your
browser's VIEW DOCUMENT SOURCE. I cannot stress this strongly
enough. This is how I learned the best tricks and formatting techniques.
Do not feel like you are peeking at secret stuff. When a web author
puts their pages up, they hope that somebody will be interested enough
to see how they did it!