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The importance of learning by example as opposed to simply learning by copying is emphasized through extensive use of hands-on exercises and examples, with a specific focus on useful science and engineering applications.
The clearly-written text is designed to be simple to follow for the novice student, without requiring any background in programming or mathematics beyond algebra. David R. The book is written in a jargon-free style and requires no prior experience in programming.
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Similar to other Wrox books that I have read in that their basic format is a thorough explanation of a subject, then a "try it out" where you are able to implement the subject, and finally a "how it work" where the "try it out" is explained.
Could have used some color, especially the HTML color appendix. I would also suggest, if it becomes possible and soon I would think it should, getting an updated addition of this book. This information is certainly up to date but there is much "errata" or errors. One must visit the Wrox web site to gather these "updates" to ovoid confusion.
Also, there are several errors not covered in the errata that even I was able to discover. This, however, is part of reading technical books. I don't think anyone purchasing this title is looking for a literary gem. If I had it to do over I would still get this book. If I lost it I would replace it. And you do stop getting creped out by the author's picture staring at you after a few days. It even gets into the nitty-gritty of SEO strategies, rating your site for child access, testing methods, and accessibility for the visually impaired.
Yes there is a lot of repetition and a bit of wandering back and forth across subjects, and yes it can be annoying. But most books in this genre are guilty of that. This one is no better nor worse than the others. Nice reference and appendix. As a Computer Science major, I am always learning and mastering languages. This book was overall a very easy to follow and insightful guide to learning the in's and out's to programming on the web at a basic level. I find all of their books to be great teaching sources and also a great reference.
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I strongly recommend this to all my friends who wish to get into the wonderful world of web based programming. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I agree with most of the reviews written about this book, its good not great in my personal opinion. But my advice is regarding the kindle version. The formatting is Terrible!!
Whoever did this obviously just copied and pasted it because its all over the place. No effort was put into it whatsoever. You still get the message from the book but reading it is far from pleasant, text size varies A Lot!
Lines don't align. Download the sample for yourself before you buy. I wish I had. Its just really really poor. And shame on whoever did this so called conversion. I realise its an older book, but come on at least put in some effort. I just have to ask did anyone proof read this before they put it up there? If you do want this book get a hard copy and steer clear of the kindle version. I have gone from being frustrated with this title to disliking it intensely.
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Its publication date is This text often complains that features "are not supported by browsers" that have since been updated. There are more current materials published within the last year. And on the subject of browsers, I have not found a single mention of Mozilla, Safari, or Opera in this book. Second, the author's presentation is often difficult to follow. Concedely it is a difficult subject to organize when there are "live" tags, "deprecated" tags, the ongoing effort to separate stylistic elements into CSS, and different browswers' idiosyncracies with which to deal.
Duckett, however, is next to hopeless in separating these subjects. Most critical is the fact that this book is a very unhappy blend between an introductory tutorial and a reference "bible. Learning the key ideas gets lost in the process. The book often leads off into asides and references to more advanced topics that will easily lose the initiate. It is no coincidence that several of the reviews here use the word "intermediate" in connection with this text.
The author does not seem to understand the principle that individuals learn by working from the "known" step-by-step to the "unknown.