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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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Deep Sites: Intelligent Innovation in Contemporary Web Design

For the modern web designer this book is organised into five sections covering Interface and navigation, Typography, Animation, Community and Authoring. The book brags of 1000 illustrations but many of these are similar pages from a web site. The dissection of various sites is interesting the choice of sites less so. Not the most inspiring web design book I've come across.

Photoshop for the Web Hands On Training

If you have Photoshop 7 and are considering creating graphics for a web site this could be the book for you. Don't be fooled when flicking through and seeing a lack of interesting images. The step by step tutorials make up for this leaving no stone unturned. On several occasions a point that occurred making me think the tutorial was flawed, like what happens in most magazines, was quickly resolved with a side tip or italicised warning. Very easy to follow and clearly written to help make web sit...

Photoshop 6 Web Magic

If you already have a basic skill level using Photoshop and would like to discover the programs usefulness in creating web graphics, buttons and animations this could be the book for you. It has a step-by step format with screengrabs showing you the menus being applied and the build up of the image as you progress. The book comes with a CD with all the necessary actions and styles needed to create the images within the book. Lots of ideas and easy to follow, great providing web creation is your ...

Macromedia Flash 5 Creative Web Animation

Although aimed at slightly broader level of reader this book has a similar mission to the QuickStart product ie a guide to Flash 5. It begins by giving a detailed update on new feature with version 5 and then goes logically through the various stages of Flash from learning the tools, to starting off and building a movie, followed by details of how to test the animation and then to optimise it to ensure a faster performance. Advanced users will find the section on scripts worthwhile. A small po...

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 ...

Macromedia Flash 5 for Windows and Mac

One of the Visual QuickStart Guide written for beginners and intermediate level users. The cover says teach yourself Flash the quick and easy way and it lives up to its promise. I had never used Flash before I looked at this book but it soon began to make sense. Katherine takes all the elements of the handbook that comes with the program and expands them into understandable instructions. You are taken through various basic and more complex levels and diagram examples plus lots of tips sections a...