Revised June 14, 2002
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Maran, Ruth Teach Yourself HTML Visually, IDG Books, 1999, ISBN 0-7645-3423-8. $30 list, $20.99 from Amazon
Filled with lots of pictures, this book covers the standard HTML topics with a couple of chapters devoted to style sheets. Although the format may give the impression that topics are not covered in depth, I found it makes most of the points I want to make in an introductory semester-length course on HTML and my students in introductory courses have liked it. (Reviewed 12/01)
I have used this in two courses I have taught. I have liked a number of books in the Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series, including this one. Like the Teach Yourself HTML 4 in this series, this book covers a wide variety of topics with the treatment of each topic to the point.
Meyers, Paul F., The HTML Web Classroom, 1999, ISBN 0-13-796111-1. $53.33 list, $53.33 from Amazon
I have used this text for the beginning web page design/HTML courses I have taught each semester for the past two years. At about 300 pages, the treatment of topics is reasonably thorough yet the book is small enough to not be intimidating. The book covers fewer topics than Oliver's Teach Yourself HTML in 24 Hours, but in greater depth. For a beginning book, however, the topics covered are appropriate although a chapter on style sheets would be nice. My students have consistently liked this book. There are a few errors in the book, primarily typos in code. This 1998 or 1999 book has not yet come out in a second edition, but this is not a drawback, except for the previously mentioned errors. The principal drawback of this book is that it is relatively expensive (Reviewed 12/01)
Morrison, Mike and Morrison, Joline Database-Driven Web Sites, Course Technology, 2000, ISBN 0-619-01556-X. $53.95 list, $53.95 from Amazon
Niederst, Jennifer Web Design in a Nutshell, Second Edition, 2001, ISBN 0-596-00196-7, $29.95 list, $20.97 from Amazon.
Oliver, Dick Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours, Fourth Edition, 1999, ISBN 0-672-31369-3, $19.99 list, $19.99 from Amazon
I bought the third edition of this book to supplement the professor's handouts in a course in which I was learning HTML. The latest, and fourth edition, of this book was published in September 1999. This book is part of the SAMS Teach Yourself in 24 Hours series. Although I have not liked all books I have seen in this series, I have liked a number of them, including this one. This book covers a wide variety of topics. Each chapter is only 15-20 pages and so the discussion of each topic is to the point. The book also has very few errors. Priced at $19.99, it compares very favorably with other HTML books at the low price end of the spectrum. It is a good book to learn HTML, although because each topic is not covered in great depth, students who progress in the subject will probably use other books as reference material rather than this one. (Reviewed 12/01)
Shelly, Gary; Cashman, Thomas; and Vermaat, Misty Microsoft Office 2000 Introductory Concepts and Techniques, Course Technology, 2000. ISBN 0-7895-4635-3 (Perfect bound), 0-7895-4650-7 (Spiral bound), 0-7895-5615-4 (Hard cover), all about $63.95 list and from Amazon
This is a very good text that fits well a semester length introduction to Microsoft Office covering the following topics - Windows, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and using these tools together. The only portion of this 1080 page book I skipped in this course was the chapter on Outlook due to lab constraints. The book is very step-by-step, and provides the 3-4 different ways (keyboard shortcuts, menu items, toolbars, etc.) that most things can be done in Microsoft Office without burying this in examples. There are essentially no errors in this book and it covers the right topics in generally the right order.
This book also comes in an enhanced version covering Windows 2000 instead of Windows 98 published March 2001 (ISBN 0-7895-6251-0, $66.95) While these prices are high, they are somewhat less than the corresponding Office 2000 & Windows Prentice Hall volume by Grauer & Barber, and I think better in quality. (Reviewed 12/01)
Towers, J. Tarin Macromedia Dreamweaver for Windows and Macintosh, Peachpit Press, 2001, ISBN 0-201-73430-3. $21.99 list, $15.39 from Amazon.
This is the first Dreamweaver book I've read so as of now, I don't have anything to compare it to. The approach in the book is to describe how to use various features of the program. There are no extended examples or files to work with which some students may miss. As a Peachpit Press book, the book is attractively priced. (Reviewed 6/14/02)
Williams, Robin and Tollett, John The Non-Designer's Web Book, Second Edition, September 2000, ISBN 0201710382 $34.99 list, $24.49 from Amazon
Although I have not seen this edition, the first edition was very nice book about designing web pages, with virtually no HTML details.
Deitel, H. M.; Deitel, P.J. Deitel, and Nieto, T. R. Internet and World Wide Web: How to Program, Prentice Hall, Second Edition, 2001, ISBN 0-13-016143-8. $76 list, $76 from Amazon
Because of the wealth of material covered in this book, it may be useful as a supplementary text, although its price would likely preclude that in many cases. I found Database-Driven Web Sites by Morrison & Morrison (reviewed above) to be a much better book on this general topic, although it is less extensive. (Reviewed 12/01)
Lynch, Patrick J. and Horton, Sarah Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, 1999, ISBN 0-300-07675-4, $15.95 list, $15.95 from Amazon
I don't think this book is particularly helpful to people who are just starting out, and for people who are more experienced, I think there are better books, albeit more expensive.
I found the code sections too small and difficult to read and so I gave up on this book after a few pages.
Nielsen, Jakob Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, 2000, ISBN 1-56205-810-X, $45 list, $31.50 from lAmazon. I've only read the first 40 pages of this book but was quite impressed with it as a book on style and design.