How often do you find yourself on a Saturday night at Barnes and Noble, raking through the Computer Science books while your significant other is cranking up the volume on the head phones in the music CD section jamming with the Magnetic Fields? Yup, it’s just you with your whole catastrophe, and a bunch of fourteen year olds counting their change to buy a volume on PHP. All you need is that one book with that holds the key to your code writers block du jour.
Allow me to save you a bunch of time and get you over to the music section where you belong. [INLINE FULL DISCLOSURE: I got a free review copy of this title].
You need to check out CSS: The Missing Manual from O’Reilly by David Sawyer McFarland 2006. As Nabokov pointed out, you have to focus on the separate concerns of style and structure, and for your web pages, that’s what matters. I haven’t decided about good ideas altogether at this point, but I’ll take the matter under consideration. The author does a marvelous job of explaining the core constructs of CSS while keeping the reader engaged, and this is a mighty task with CSS. But he succeeds. On top of all this, the tutorials are perfect icing on the cake and will certainly make your coast-to-coast flights seem like a commuter hop.
Go to war Miss Agnes! McFarland even lists Microsoft Expression Web as a tool with good CSS support worthy of your attention. That shows you how fresh and piping hot this rascal truly is. Be sure to download and work through a few of the tutorials.
Best regards,
Ken Garove
QUOTATION: Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
ATTRIBUTION: Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Interview in Writers at Work, Fourth Series, ed. George Plimpton (1976).