I didn’t really know anything about JavaFX until I picked up this book. Now not only do I know what it is, I can use it too. If you’re looking to understand what JavaFX is and where it might fit in your toolset then go grab the 216 page book “JavaFX Script: Dynamic Java Scripting for Rich Internet/Client-side Applications”. This book will get you rolling quickly and simply and give you the basics you’ll need to know to properly evaluate if it is right for you.
With that said – if your not familiar with programming concepts (conditionals, loops etc.) in general, or if you want an in-depth explanation of where JavaFX fits into the scheme of things, then I would not suggest this book.
If you’re looking to jump into CSS or maybe just refresh your skills – then this is a good book to pick up!
As the description states, there are plenty of examples to give you a good feel for CSS. What makes this book stand out for me? Well, let me list the ways:
- The book is written in a easy, clear style that makes you want to keep reading.
- CSS concepts and rules are explained very well and as an added bonus – the why of CSS is explained – something that many other books seem to leave out.
- The organization of this book is great, both for the first read and use as a reference (check out the appendices).
- Its is easy to look at – meaning, the points and tips are well placed so that you don’t mind reading though the material (unlike many other technical books)
All in all I’d say this is a book you should check out if you think your CSS skills are getting a litttle rusty or your just starting out. If you’re quite familiar with CSS or are looking for the hottest CSS layouts and designs or tricks, then maybe another book is for you.
Know some CSS? Do you want to enhance what you know and can do? Ever wonder about how to do something you’ve seen in on some site somewhere? Well, I have and do, and I’ve just finished reading a book that provides me with a good theory and example reference for CSS that provides that extra information I was looking for. O’Reilly’s CSS Cookbook, Second Edition (ISBN: 0596527411)
- I definitely like the “Quick look-up” format
- Simple and clear explanatations that can be easily understood.
- Great for extending knowledge, not just the normal “basic” CSS info
- Lots of good code snippets that can be adapted to real world situations
- Covers CSS 2.1 conventions
- No color images? Um…how many black and white web sites do you see out there?
- If you’re a beginner, check out another book
- I see tables in their code…we’re talking CSS right. Maybe this was done to keep things simple, but still.
All in all this is a great book for extending what you know about CSS and how to solve specific problems that may crop up. Like I mentioned, this book is probably not for the CSS beginner, but definitely a good reference to have around the keyboard!
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Being a Dreamweaver trainer, I always like to check out new resources for the tool. Rachel Andrew’s book Build Your Own Standards Compliant Website Using Dreamweaver 8 is a nice introduction to Dreamweaver as a tool for building simple Web sites, as well as focusing on creating a site that meets Web standards guidelines. She does this while also creating a site that is visually appealing with the “conventional glitter that most of us have come to expect”.
The book begins by focusing on XHTML, describing what it is and how it differs from HTML. CSS is also a main focus of the book providing excellent examples of how to create, edit and apply CSS style with Dreamweaver.
Chapter 7 is a bonus Chapter for though who are new to Web compliance. The book clarifies differences between the conforming WCAG guidelines as well as illustrating how to use Dreamweaver to access/create the compliance settings.
If you’re looking for a resource for building dynamic Web sites, this isn’t the book for you, but this is a great starting point for building a web site and great resource if you are new to either Web compliance or Dreamweaver.