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Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-one

A visually bright book written and illustrated by one of Photoshop's Gurus. There's a good logical structure with 12 in-depth lessons, backed up with two hours of video tutorials on the bundled DVD. Each lesson has screengrabs photos and step by steps so you can follow along. The only downside, from a photographer's point of view, is some of the photos, and what Deke does with them, make you ask ...why? Look beyond that though and you can apply the same technique on your own ( probably better) ...

Beyond Java

Thinking about building a web application? Interested how all those sites you use on a daily basis actually work? Don't want to be baffled by incomprehensible jargon? If you can answer 'yes' to those three questions then this book is for you. Bruce Tate takes a look at the most popular web programming language, Sun's Java, and discusses both its benefits and limitations for developers. He examines competing standards, focusing on newcomer Ruby On Rails, and interviews leading programmers for th...

Head Rush Ajax

A major change is taking place in the online world. The internet is becoming richer and we, its users, can enjoy desktop-like features within our Internet browser which creates a whole new experience. Pages need not be reloaded as often as they used to be and the amount of data exchanged between client and server is minimal. And everyone seems to know why – it’s AJAX! AJAX stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. Sounds complicated? Not with the Head Rush Ajax book. The author takes a fresh ...

MySQL Cookbook

As one of the first contributors to the online MYSQL reference manual, Paul DuBois is well placed to deliver this book in the Cookbook series. For photographers building their own web sites who want to sell photos and deal with customers it's worth having a database to store your images and customer details. This book covers the MySQL database solution and delivers just about everything you'd need to know about setting up a database and performing searches. Be warned - database sites are far...

Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography

Landscape photographers need look no further, but this is not just for natureheads. Stunning examples of Stephen Johnson's art abound but this is a reference source not a coffee table book. The images are stunning because of their delicacy and subtlety. There are excellent chapters on the history of photography, just how digital technology works, practical advice on scanning, Photoshop, printing. Also some thought provoking views on photographic ethics: Johnson is a purist, aiming to capture exa...

The Art of SEO

Co authored by Eric Enge, Stephan Spencer, Jessie Stricchiola and Rand Fishkin, the Art of SEO is a thick 688 page book packed with expert advice on optimising your web site so that it ranks high. SEO is a complex process and these four experts take the reader through all aspects from the basics including keywording and link building through to more complex strategies, social media, long tail SEO etc. The book goes into great detail with links to further research and tools to help you develo...

The creative digital darkroom

This book will teach photographers how to use the digital medium to edit and create great images. The book is split into chapters which all begin with explanations followed by numerous tutorial examples. The lessons are clear and concise and can be used by both the professional and anyone new to photography. The tutorials are a great visual resource and the images support and back-up what the text tells you. The book is more like a reference book rather than a book with a narrative you can...

Web Design in a Nutshell

Web Design in a Nutshell? Some nut! This nut has 27 chapters crammed onto 560 pages, all overflowing with information. Undeterred I began to read and soon discovered that it is not a book for reading, but more a desktop reference. The information contained on the pages is informative, accurate and covers everything from creating a site, that's accessible to a variety of browsers, right through to using multimedia and interactivity in a site. There's also an excellent section on HTML. The ...