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Reviewed by Major Keary
A fictional website is developed throughout the text as a vehicle for illustrating—with plenty of annotated code—each aspect of the process. Full code listings are available on a companion website. There are also theoretical digressions designed to provide a greater depth of understanding.
The introductory part opens with a succinct overview of the Web and its origins, the browser wars, standards, and the future. It then moves on to a very practical topic: keeping a project on track, which discusses project management briefly, but in surprising depth. A further chapter discusses planning and design.
The last two chapters are interesting: Web 2.0 using AJAX and Social Software and Using Server-Side Technologies. Examples of social software are blogs, wikis, and Facebook; the discussion is oriented to business applications. An Afterword looks “at a few different areas on how to best conduct business as it relates to the Web”.
An valuable resource for anyone approaching professional-level website development, and for developers who want to bring themselves up-to-speed on standards issues and the latest on design and planning. I thought the 9-point sans-serif typeface used for the body text doesn't do justice to the content.
Published by Friends of ED (an Apress subsidiary), 335 pp., RRP AU$ 65.00
Apress and Friends of ED titles are distributed in Australia by Woodslane <www.woodslane.com.au>