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 Building Your Own Website : Everything You Need to Reach Your Audience on the Web Building Your Own Website : Everything You Need to Reach Your Audience on the Web
 Building Your Own Website : Everything You Need to Reach Your Audience on the Web Building Your Own WebSite is a hands-on reference for Windows 95 and Windows NT desktop users who want to host their own site on the Web or on a corporate intranet. Building Your Own WebSite is a step-by-step guide that will have you creating a live web page in just minutes. You'll also learn how to connect your Web to information in other Windows applications, such as word processing documents and databases. Building Your Own WebSite is packed with examples and tutorials of every aspect of web management including configuring your Web server to publishing over the internet; using HTML commands to create Web pages; creating clickable image maps; indexing and searching your web; remote administration; multi-homing (virtual servers); controlling access to your site; and CGI programming. The accompanying CD includes all of the software needed for Web publishing, including an Enhanced Spyglass Mosaic 2. 11 Browser.
 Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability - 4.5 stars Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

 Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability "Hands down, this is the book you need if you want to design great Web pages."

There are many Web pages out that poke fun at other Web pages. They list the ugliest Web pages, useless Web pages, confusing Web pages, Web pages that suck, and so on. These places are amusing, but they pose a larger question to those of us who have potentially embarrassing Web pages: Does my Web page suck? And, if so, what makes it suck and how can I un-suck it?

 Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability I recently had a reader rip one of my Web pages apart. He said it was poorly designed, and he accused me of using a Web page "wizard" to create it. (I actually hand-coded the Web page years ago.) So, it got me to thinking about whether my Web page was really that ugly. I have a ton of books on Web design; some make me want to puke, and others are just plain mediocre. One that stands out, however, is Steve Krug's Don't Make Me Think.
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 Web Design WOW! Book, The Web Design WOW! Book, The
 Web Design WOW! Book, The This outstanding full-color guide teaches you how to apply design principles to the creation of on-screen interactive media-- primarily Web sites and, to a lesser extent, CD-ROMs and floppy-disk presentations. The authors first provide an overview of what you need to consider when creating a Web site or any other multimedia project.  Web Design WOW! Book, The They discuss production methods and teach you how to define your purpose and audience; decide on your project's organization, content, and navigation; and assemble, test, and market your final product. Next they delineate the various interface elements you need to consider, such as buttons, backgrounds, typography, animation, images, video, and audio, and they discuss the trends in each area, such as the decreasing popularity of beveled buttons and the increasing popularity of 3-D graphics, interactive help, and user feedback. The following chapter is devoted to teaching you five basic tenets of good design, including clarity, consistency, and contrast. The following chapters show you successful Web sites and CD-ROMs in the areas of marketing, entertainment, education and training, publishing, portfolios and presentations, and sales. These case studies show lots of graphical elements along with explanations of why certain approaches work and others do not.
 HTML Web Classroom - 4.5 stars HTML Web Classroom

 HTML Web Classroom From Book News, Inc.
A beginners' tutorial on using hypertext markup language (HTML) for the development of Web pages. Coverage includes URLs, graphics files, imagemaps, tables, forms, and frames. Can also be used as a classroom textbook. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

From the Back Cover
There is a glut of HTML books on the market that can teach you how to build Web pages, but how many can claim to allow you to practice what they preach? Access to a fully-interactive Website and server, which features exercises linked to the book, an online tutorial, and a space for registered users to BUILD AND HOST THEIR OWN PAGES! This package is unique and sets a new standard in the market by combining the best of both worlds: a complete, book-based tutorial on HTML, plus access to a...
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 Website Automation Toolkit Website Automation Toolkit
 Website Automation Toolkit The budget webmaster's toolkit covers client-based automation systems, the page model, using Perl for Unix and NT, SiteWrapper, e-mail push utilities, mailing list software, tracking visitors, shopping carts, WebPost, customizing searches, adding a directory of hotlinks, QuickDB, discussion.Web, FrontPage discussion, Dynamic.chat, Quikchat, search engine agents, and tracking banner ads (BannerLog, ClickThru and AdTrakkit). The CD-ROM includes working code for the author's original tools, examples of commercial sites, and shareware utilities. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Ingram

Designed for Webmasters on a budget, this toolkit provides the best freeware and commercial tools for Web site management on both NT and UNIX systems. The CD-ROM provides complete working code for all non-commercial tools written by the author, plus example code from commercial Web sites. It also contains demo or lite versions of commercial products described in the book.
 Web Design in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference - 4.5 stars Web Design in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference

 Web Design in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference Are you a print designer working on the Web?

An HTML coder learning about server-side hosting for the first time? Web Design in a Nutshell has slim but whole chapters for those topics-- and everything else you can imagine.
Written in the popular "Nutshell" format, this guide is full of helpful tables and lists, making it a perfect desktop reference. The book breaks down the huge topic of Web site development into understandable, readable segments: the Web environment (browsers, displays, design principles), an in-depth guide to HTML tags, graphics manipulation and display, multimedia possibilities, and technologies for larger site management (such as Cascading Style Sheets [CSS] and XML). Web Design in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference

While this book is certainly comprehensive, the abundance of information could be overwhelming to someone just starting out with HTML. In addition, the heart of this book is filled with technical specificity on Web page creation (for example, a section under "Graphics" is titled "GIF87a versus GIF89a"). Readers looking for more conceptual explanations of Web design and layout would be better served with other titles. But for day-to-day development and maintenance, Web Design in a Nutshell is a truly well-constructed toolkit.
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 ASP in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference, Second Edition - 4 stars ASP in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference, Second Edition
 ASP in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference, Second Edition The second edition of ASP in a Nutshell gives developers of Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP) a quick reference guide for looking up object usage on a dime. This guide is geared toward working ASP programmers who need to get their answers quickly, without wading through long examples. ASP in a Nutshell : A Desktop Quick Reference

The book is organized into three parts: an introduction to ASP, a language reference, and appendices. This edition has been updated for IIS 5.0 and ASP 3.0--respectively the latest flavors of Microsoft's flagship Web server and scripting engines. The ASP introduction is very brief, but it adequately explains the basic concepts behind ASP and server-side scripting.

The heart of the title is the language reference that covers the intrinsic ASP objects, plus ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) 2.6, Collaboration Data Objects, file access, and more. Each section is tagged with staggered page markers that usually make it unnecessary to resort to the book's index to find a topic.
 Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 - 4.5 stars Professional Active Server Pages 3.0

 Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 The team behind Professional Active Server Pages 2.0 has written a definitive guide for the latest version of ASP included with Windows 2000. This lengthy text offers a comprehensive look at the technology and is geared toward seasoned professionals looking to truly master this important development platform. The team of authors touch on almost every topic a working ASP coder might be interested in, including what to do when "it all goes wrong." Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 This title is divided into six sections that focus on key aspects of ASP: the basics, ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), building components for ASP, integration with BackOffice, security/performance/scalability, and reference material. This organization makes the book useful for both lengthy reads and quick daily reference. The index and set of appendices are also quite comprehensive.

Code snippets of judicious size and summary boxes with key information such as errors and function calls make the reading productive without being distracting. Most of the material is presented in a structured topical tutorial; however, an excellent XML newspaper case study provides a real-world perspective on XML and ASP.
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