BY JON DUCKETT
Don’t know the first thing about technology? Then this book is for you. HTML and CSS are the building blocks of the web. Learn how to structure, design and launch your own website .
Jon Duckett has made the very sensible decision that a book on web design should be well designed, should look inviting and should show as much as it tells.
The full color photos, magazine style layouts and infographic style illustrations make it so much easier to understand the code and use it to produce great web design.
It’s also very well organized, using a color coding system to help you work through the basics of HTML and CSS. While it’s aimed at beginners, this is also a valuable resource for experienced designers wanting to refresh their skills.
BY JON DUCKETT
The kind of functionality we’re talking about includes things like slideshows, forms and lightboxes to display images, the kind of things everyone has become used to using on the web.
by Alan Forbes
Once you’ve learned how to build the front end of a site, learn how to make it function with back-end programming language!
The book starts with some basic HTML, so absolute beginners can catch up quickly. It then goes step by step on how PHP actually works. You start with easy stuff like how to create and run simple PHP scripts to modify web pages and then build on what you’ve learned through a series of close-knit and fun exercises.
After completely going through this book, you can read, write, and modify PHP scripts and you will be able to make your own dynamic websites.
by Peter Cooper
If you’ve learned how to build the front end of a site, learn how to make it function with Ruby, a back-end programming language! This is a great introduction to Ruby for beginner programmers. It lays down solid foundations for the language,while also nicely introducing the whole Ruby ecosystem. The author, Peter Cooper, is a well-known figure in the Ruby community, and in this book he clearly demonstrates his ability to teach and communicate with newcomers. This third edition was released recently and is comprehensive enough to act as a good, current reference book as well.