Authors: Christopher Schmitt et al
Publisher: New Riders, 2007
Aimed at: Web designers and developers
Pros: Good all round look at writing standards-based UI
Cons: A little repetitive at times
Reviewed by: Dave Wheeler
On the whole the book works well. The explanations are clear; the reasoning sound. Occasionally, and this might be a function of the number of authors involved in the book, I would get one of those “Enough already. I surrender!” moments as I read for the umpteenth time about how to name a CSS class or not use an inline style.
This book is not a deep technical reference on CSS and Ajax, and it doesn’t cover the major Ajax frameworks. So if you’re looking for a nuts and bolts book on the technologies, don’t buy this book. However, if you’ve gone beyond the mere mechanics of CSS and Ajax and want to know how to structure your code for the long term, a few best practices, or even if you need to convince your boss about why standards matter, then it makes a great read.
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