Paperback: 864 pages
Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (December 30, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
Overall, I really like this book. It's very practical and shows useful applications for each new thing taught. And the lessons do build on each other and flow together well. The exercises are helpful as well.My problem comes from the "Example Cafe" website, which is the website you build and add to throughout the book. The code examples found on the publisher's website seem like they were made out of sync with the the book itself. A lot of examples include code never explained or shown before, code that's just plain wrong as well as things implemented but never requested from the website. I don't copy and paste, so these errors aggravate me. I almost spend as much time breaking down the example code and figuring out where the editors messed up as I am actually implementing features into my practice site. It's annoying and frustrating.As a reference, very well structured and explained. As an exercise resource, aggravating and not worth using.
I would caution against using this book if you are a beginner looking for a good text to learn these web development fundamentals. There is a lot of information presented in the book, but the narrative is fairly dry (think a very boring college textbook) and the exercises presented throughout the book do not flow together in a progressive manner. I struggled through almost 2/3 of this book, and then moved to another book (CSS - The Missing Manual) that was far far better in terms of the ease of the narrative and the presentation of exercises.