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Started by Pixiedust on 31-May-2011 20:15:16
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Pixiedust - 31 May 2011 20:15:32 (#1 of 1649)

I'm putting together a e-book collection for a friend.

So far I have:

  • O'Reilly - Web Design in a Nutshell
  • SAMS - Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours
  • Schifreen - The Web Book
  • O'Reilly - Javascript: the Definitive Guide
  • Rockable Press - From Photoshop to HTML: How to slice Your Designs Like a Pro


What am I missing?

dmlc133 - 31 May 2011 22:56:12 (#2 of 1649)

Don't Make Me Think - Krugman (might be a little outdated but still very sound for the non-designer)

ScalloperJack - 31 May 2011 23:00:10 (#3 of 1649)

Flexible Web Design - Zoe Mickley Giillenwater

Pixiedust - 31 May 2011 23:28:12 (#4 of 1649)

Cool. Thanks, guys.

Do you think I need to scare him with PHP and SQL yet, or should I let him get comfortable with basic web stuff first?

RunnyBabbit - 31 May 2011 23:53:58 (#5 of 1649)

<subscribes>

Pixiedust - 01 Jun 2011 00:16:06 (#6 of 1649)

Hello, Runny! I have already gifted you stuff from my library, but let me know if there's anything else I can help with.

dmlc133 - 01 Jun 2011 00:41:07 (#7 of 1649)

Depends what he wants to do with his website, Pixie.

Pixiedust - 01 Jun 2011 00:49:34 (#8 of 1649)

It's not a website at the moment, he just wants to do some learning.

I'm going to suggest installing a virtual server like XAMPP and just having a play to get himself accustomed to coding.

Pixiedust - 01 Jun 2011 05:03:03 (#9 of 1649)

Original message that came through was looking for advice on the best ways to learn HTML, CSS and Javascript.

He is my sister's boyfriend and cooks a mean curry, so I am wanting to help out.

/insomnia

dmlc133 - 01 Jun 2011 10:09:26 (#10 of 1649)

I would concentrate on those then, javascript gives plenty to go on and is a good introduction to programming if/when he's ready to move on.

Pixiedust - 01 Jun 2011 10:22:33 (#11 of 1649)

Jolly good.

Added to the list:

  • O'Reilly - Head First Javascript
  • Powell - HTML & CSS: The Complete Reference
  • Burdette - The Javascript Pocket Guide
  • O'Reilly - Javascript & DHTML Cookbook


At some point, when I am fat and rich, I will actually go offline for a couple of months and read all of these...

HerrWalrus - 01 Jun 2011 10:30:37 (#12 of 1649)

  • CSS - The missing Manual - David Sawyer McFarland


  • PHP Solutions : Dynamic Web Design made easy - David Powers


The above two are good contenders for the list, I feel.

Btw - great to see this thread!

Pixiedust - 01 Jun 2011 10:35:38 (#13 of 1649)

Ta, HerrWalrus

Will add the missing manual to the list, but think I'll hold off the PHP for now. I don't want to frighten the poor boy off before he get the chance to do his first "Hello world!"

turbodante - 01 Jun 2011 11:19:45 (#14 of 1649)

PHP and MySQL are both introduced in 'The Web Book' - Schifreen , which I'd recommend as the first one he should read, having 'almost' finished reading it myself. It starts right at the beginning with building a basic HTML page and adding CSS, and then Javascript. Then shoes in the bells and whistles that you may want to consider. Thanks to Runny for the original recommendation.

[edited to say why I recommend it]

Pixiedust - 01 Jun 2011 11:28:06 (#15 of 1649)

Excellent. Anything to get me out of drawn-out Skype tutorials.

I am lazy.

RunnyBabbit - 01 Jun 2011 12:59:13 (#16 of 1649)

Thanks for the offer of help, Pixie. I'll [hopefully] have time for more HTML/CSS learning shenanigans by the end of next week.

Pixiedust - 01 Jun 2011 13:04:19 (#17 of 1649)

Good-o. I'm in another one of my knowledge-harvesting binges, so I'm sure I'll have something worthwhile by then.

Pixiedust - 04 Jun 2011 22:58:04 (#18 of 1649)

6 Free E-Books and Tutorials on HTML5

http://feedly.com/k/jQqPhQ [Read Write Web]

RunnyBabbit - 05 Jun 2011 12:29:45 (#19 of 1649)

Yay.

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