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Customer Rating: 4
Summary: A good HTML 4 reference, written well
Comment: This is a thick book. But never misunderstand the fact that no matter how many pages are included in a computer reference, there will always be information missing for the most advanced user. HTML 4 is covered in-depth -- and should be the primary reason for wanting to purchase this title, for I have not found a better reference on the subject anywhere. Java 1.2 and XML receive good general overviews. A review previous to mine suggests other, more comprehensive titles, if one wants to delve into the world of Java and XML fully. An excellent suggestion and something that should be taken into account before buying.
Regarding "Platinum Edition Using HTML 4, XML, and Java 1.2," it should be noted that for first-time site developers that are looking for an introduction to HTML 4, this is probably not the best way to go. The basics of Web development, such as the best placement for links, graphics, and text, are summarized in the first fifty pages. (First-timers should look for Web development books that cover both HTML 4 and graphic design well.) Following, is a reference-style book that comes in very handy when looking for specific information (that this book covers). I would say, and I think that I share the sentiment of other readers, that this book is geared toward the intermediate to advanced site developer.
Several more aspects worth noting: The style of writing is clear and straightforward, with few grammatical mistakes; there are plenty of examples (code and screen) with good descriptions of why something works; and I would've preferred that the screen shots be in color, but that would probably double the price.
This is a good reference book for HTML 4, that includes an overview of XML and Java. It's not everything, but it's excellent nonetheless.
Customer Rating: 4
Summary: Overview of major web-techniques
Comment: This book is a bible. It covers every hot topics about Internet developments. It is well-structured and contains a lot of interesting examples. It pinpoints web site and page design techniques, presents HTML, DHTML, scripting languages and the major browse object model, security, ASP, and talks about server-side scripting (CGI,PERL). You have to consider this book as a big reference, giving major guidelines. Moreover it allows you to find a way in the Internet world. Unfortunately, for covering so much subjects, authors have avoided to write down too much details. Sometimes it disappointing. It is a good book for people wanting to find out information about the Internet and its tools.
Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Great book, It leaves nothing out.
Comment: This is the book you needed back when it was new. If the digital world has left it's content behind, updates from the same publishers would definitely be worth a look.