At the Forge - Book Roundup
Thus, I was pleased to discover Practical Prototype and script.aculo.us, by Andrew Dupont (ISBN 978-1590599198), which is one of the best programming books I have read in the last few months. It introduces Prototype (and its companion GUI toolkit, script.aculo.us) with on-target, practical and illuminating examples—along with a sense of humor I found refreshing, without getting in the way.
Modern Web pages are styled with cascading stylesheets (CSS), a technology that is quite simple to understand in theory, but it can become complicated when it comes to execution. One book that seems to offer a gentle introduction to CSS is The CSS Anthology, by Rachel Andrew (ISBN 978-0975841983). This book is a cross between a tutorial and a cookbook, allowing you to learn CSS in the context of bite-sized lessons and ideas.
Finally, I have found The Ultimate CSS Reference, by Tommy Olsson and Paul O'Brien (ISBN 978-0-980285857), to be a useful list of CSS selectors, properties and values. Especially useful is the table indicating the degree to which each browser complies with the CSS standard for each property. The information in this book is available elsewhere, but it is particularly handy if I am not connected to the Internet (which, I'm ashamed to admit, is sometimes the case), or if I just want to skim through a number of related items. My main complaint with this book is its lack of an index, and although I realize you can read and search much of it on-line, adding 5–10 pages of index would have changed this from a good book into an excellent one.
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