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Advanced Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 Application Development

With a slew of advanced new features, ColdFusion MX 7 represents both an opportunity and a challenge for those developing Web apps with it. The opportunity, of course, lies in taking their applications to new and increasingly sophisticated levels. The challenge is digging deep enough into ColdFusion to discover the features and techniques that will take them there.

In these pages Ben Forta and the Macromedia team have made this information not only accessible but also easily digestible for intermediate and advanced ColdFusion developers. Users won't want to waste any time before getting down to the serious business of unraveling ColdFusion's new features so that they can use Structured Business Reports to deliver business data in an understandable format; deploy the ColdFusion language in mobile phones and instant messaging clients; build rich, multistep data-entry forms; use Enterprise Manager to cluster multiple ColdFusion servers on a single machine; and more. Through step-by-step instructions and real-world examples, you'll learn how to do everything from create secure applications to employ Java components.

April 26, 2005

Flash Math Creativity

About the book
Flash Math Creativity is all about graphical patterns using mathematical patterns. It uses interesting formulas to produce amazing effects. The book is written by major Flash Gurus who are famous for their Flash experiments.

This book is the second edition of the well-received Flash Math Creativity book. This edition uses AS 2.0 for the mathematical experiments. If you missed the first edition, check out the FMC minisite to see what it's all about.

Who should buy this book?
Flash Math Creativity is for anyone with Flash and ActionScripting experience who loves to experiment and tinker with Flash, to create beautiful and interesting patterns and visual effects. It's a fun book!

To get the most out of the book you need to be able to understand the math behind the code. The book shows some amazing effects and is quite unique. The downside of the book is that the math isn't explained thoroughly, so it isn't for beginners. The graphics are great but the font size is rather small. However this ensures that the 266 pages of the book are packed with useful information.

April 6, 2005

PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide

When static HTML pages no longer cut it, you need to step up to dynamic, database-driven sites that represent the future of the Web. In PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide, the author of best-selling guides to both the database program (MySQL) and the scripting language (PHP) returns to cover the winning pair in tandem - the way users work with them today to build dynamic sites using Open Source tools.

April 3, 2005

MySQL Basics for Visual Learners

This book helps non-programmers learn the basics of MySQL. As usual with books from Visibooks, many screenshots and graphics show how to:

        • Administer databases: Back up, delete, restore databases, delete tables.
        • Work with tables: Alter tables, update records, delete records.
        • Perform queries: Create queries, sort results, add criteria.
        • Secure databases: Add and remove users, restrict access.
        • Web-enable databases: Use programming commands, join two tables, employ online forms.
        • Administering Databases: Delete a table, Back up, delete and restore a database.

MySQL Basics For Visual Learners is a book that teaches you the very first basics of MySQL, the way of doing that is by using a great amount of images and pictures. The graphics and visualizations enable you to "scan" trough the book and zoom in to the topics you like. Although it allows you to go trough the lessons very fast, the information takes up a lot of space so your thick book (168 pages) does contain less information then a standard book format.

For who is this book? This book will teach you the very basics of MySQL, and is therefore best suited for users that make a first start with MySQL. Again, the visuals will help those to pick up methods in this program very easily.

The book covers basic topics such as Instalation, Queries, Managing Databases, Security, Tables and PERL/CGI.

March 23, 2005

CSS Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design

Product Description:
This book provides a good introduction to CSS. The Web markup standard that allows Web designers and developers to easily make a style change to one CSS template and then change formatting across several pages. IT covers the current CSS standard versions (CSS 1 and CSS 2) with notes and comments where appropriate on the CSS 3 standard in development. It includes a quick reference on CSS at the end of the book as well as integrated reference coverage throughout. The book teaches by using an example-oriented approach and includes exercises at the end of each chapter, with sample solutions provided in the appendix.

Should you buy it?
The books structure is very clear and the book contains a lot of useful information.
The examples are very clear but the graphics of the book are a bit dull, the book would be much more fun to read if they just added more and better graphics. Although informative the text is very dry to read as well. But that doesn't break down the fact that this book will teach you almost everything there is to know about CSS, after reading this book you should have learned a ton of information about using CSS. So it all comes down to your preference; if you don't mind the absence of fancy graphics and if you are looking for a good, huge reference on CSS you should buy this book, otherwise look for another solution.

March 21, 2005

The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web

Proving once and for all that standards-compliant design does not equal dull design, this inspiring tome uses examples from the landmark CSS Zen Garden site as the foundation for discussions on how to create beautiful, progressive CSS-based Web sites. By using the Zen Garden sites as examples of how CSS design techniques and approaches can be applied to specific Web challenges, authors Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag provide an eye-opening look at the range of design methods made possible by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

By the time you've finished perusing the volume, you'll have a new understanding of the graphically rich, fully accessible sites that CSS design facilitates. In sections on design, layout, imagery, typography, effects, and themes, Dave and Molly take you through every phase of the design process--from striking a sensible balance between text and graphics to creating eye-popping special effects (no scripting required).

March 6, 2005

PHP Basics For Visual Learners

This book helps non-programmers learn the basics of PHP programming. 142 screenshots and graphics show how to:

        • Learn the basics: Create, upload, and test simple scripts.
        • Work with variables: Work with single variables, lists of variables.
        • Work with numbers: Add, subtract, multiply and divide. Create random numbers.
        • Employ logic and loops: Employ conditional if/and/or logic, create loops.
        • Use forms and user functions: Create user functions, pass form inputs to scripts.
        • Work with files: Create, append to, and modify text files.
PHP Basics For Visual Learners is a book that teaches you the very first basics of PHP, the way of doing that is by using a great amount of images and pictures. According to Visibooks there aren't many books that teach the very basics of PHP and I think they are right. Because of the visualizations, the book will teach you the basics in a very fast way. The plus is that you learn a lot in a small time period because you can browse trough the book much faster than a normal book. A small downside is that the information takes up a lot of space so your thick book (180 pages) does contain less information then a standard book format

For who is this book? This book will teach you the very basics of PHP, and is therefore best suited for users that make a first start with PHP, and never used a similar programming language before. As already said, the visuals will help those to pick up methods in this program very easily.

The book covers basic topics such as Installing an FTP program, Create Simple scripts, variables, working with numbers, forms&user functions, logic&loops and working with files.

February 23, 2005

Fireworks MX 2004 for Visual Learners

This book helps beginners learn how to create Web graphics using Macromedia Fireworks. 234 screenshots and graphics show how to:
      • Learn the basics: Export GIFs and JPGs, resize graphics, flip and rotate graphics.
      • Format Web graphics: Crop graphics, lighten/darken, reduce file size.
      • Create new graphics: Draw and paint, add text, erase/replace colors.
      • Employ advanced techniques: Make GIF backgrounds transparent, retouch graphics, work with Layers.
Fireworks MX 2004 For Visual Learners is a book that teaches you the very first basics of Fireworks MX 2004, the way of doing that is by using a great amount of images and pictures. Because of the visualizations, the book will teach you the basics in a very fast way.

For who is this book? This book will teach you the basics, and is therefore best suited for users that make a first start with Fireworks MX 2004, and never used a similar program before. As already said, the visuals will help those to pick up methods in this program very easily.

The book covers basic topics such as Fireworks Basics, Format Web Graphics, Create new graphics and Employ advanced techniques.

February 18, 2005