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O'Reilly's advice handbooks are industry references which you can trust: technical experts author topics which are the latest and hottest, providing updates and tips for a range of programs and applications. Jennfier Niederst Robbins' WEB DESIGN IN A NUTSHELL: A DESKTOP QUICK REFERENCE (0596009879, $34.99) appears in its revised third edition to cover just about anything needed to create a web page. It's been rewritten and expanded to reflect the latest standards in web design, and includes a complete HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 and 1.1 reference, ten new chapters covering cascading style sheets, surveys of changing web standards, and much more. Michael Jang's LINUX ANNOYANCES FOR GEEKS (0596008015, $34.99) covers all major distributions and everything from desktop setup to servers as it surveys common Linux issues and how to resolve them. Linux's popularity and usefulness is often offset by its quirks: LINUX ANNOYANCES FOR GEEKS identifies and overcomes these quirks. Joey Lott, et. al.'s FLASH 8 COOKBOOK (0596102422, $44.99) provides applied theory to the Flash 8 environment, providing a fine resource for Flash developers and designers and pairing quick reference recipes to four main categories perfect for at-a-glance reference use. Nearly three hundred stand-alone 'recipes' also include brief synopsis of how and why the solution works, lending to future modifications. Rich Shupe and Robert Hoekman Jr.'s FLASH 8 PROJECTS FOR LEARNING ANIMATION AND INTERACTIVITY (0596102232, $34.99) comes with a cd-rom and is directed to newcomers to Flash 8 with but a little graphics background on their resume. Chapters use graphic hands-on examples which teach by projects and provide a thorough grounding in basic design. LEARNING SQL ON SQL SERVER 2005 by Sikha Saha Bagui and Richard Walsh Earp (0596102151, $44.99) provides an excellent introduction to the SQL language and applications. It's based on a college course designed by the authors and lays a foundation of easy SQL ideas, building on that to discuss query development and command sets. From using database interactions to applying theory to projects and objectives, LEARNING SQL ON SQL SERVER 2005 is a must for any beginner. Rasmus Lerdorf, et.al's PROGRAMMING PHP (0596006810, $39.99) appears in its second edition to provide a comprehensive guide to PHP 5, the open source scripting language for creating dynamic web content. Millions of sites powered by PHP testify to its popularity and easy use: it's used by programmers and web designers alike and this guide covers all its options, variables and basics. Russ Miles and Kim Hamilton's LEARNING UML 2.0 (0596009828, $44.99) covers a topic other computer books seem to, but with a focus on learning the language rather than just using it in a rote fashion. With lesson plans tailored to practice rather than theory, LEARNING UML 2.0 is a winner.
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Title Annotation:Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference; Linux Annoyances for Geek's; Flash 8 Cookbook; Flash 8 Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity; Programming PHP; Learning SQL on SQL Server 2005; Learning UML 2.0
Publication:California Bookwatch
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Date:Jul 1, 2006
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