Books For Website Development

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by redlion, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. redlion macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2008
    I have looked at various software for website development over the last few weeks and have nearly settled on the following:
    skEdit, TextMate or Coda in-conjunction with CSSEdit and Cyberduck.

    Can anyone please give some recommendations on which books to purchase that cover (X)HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP website development?

    So far I like the look of:

    Bulletproof Web Design: Improving Flexibility and Protecting Against Worst-Case Scenarios with XHTML and CSS

    CSS: The Missing Manual

  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    I'd go with the Head first HTML, it also covers CSS and XHTML. It's fun and easy to learn with it.
  3. giganten macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2006
    I hope it is okay if I borrow this thread little.

    Can someone recommend any good book for how to build a cms or some php book? And if you know any book about javascript (mootools) and actionscript that is worth to pick up.
  4. tominated macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2006
    Queensland, Australia
    these days, you are probably better off learning ruby.
  5. giganten macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2006
  6. seoman macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2008
    Is there any website where I can download website development books free of cost ;)

    I am also looking for books on website marketing, promotion and search engine optimization :)
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2008
    Atlanta, Georgia
    Try searching Google for Web Design eBooks. You may find some good ones there.

    If anyone is learning CSS I would recommend "The Missing Manual" series "CSS" very good book there.
  8. Darkroom Guest


    Dec 15, 2006
    Montréal, Canada
    the community over at are very helpful... i suggest anyone trying to learn to check out that site...
  9. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    Two books I cannot recommend enough are Jeffrey Zeldman's Designing With Web Standards and Eric Meyer on CSS. Eric Meyer gives you a great leg up in understanding stylesheets and Zeldman shows the practical side of designing that way.

    I think PHP should at least be a basic/intermediate language for your to be familiar with - it's got a language similarity to Javascript. In a real-world development environment, knowing a little PHP goes a long way, at the very least it helps you communicate with backend developers or integrate database stuff. Don't worry about Flash until you can afford the time and money for it: It's not used as much as it was and won't be the bulk of your work anyway.

    PS: For other stuff relating to web design, I'd have a read through Don't Make Me Think and Web Redesign, for usability and project management respectively.
  10. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    Superb advice, melrose. I concur.

    In addition to those suggestions, I actually own two books I could not live without:

    The PHP Bible (Converse/Park, Wiley Publishing)
    MySQL (Ullman, Peachpit Press)

    The first is the only PHP book you'll ever need, great index, examples, for novice all the way to guru. The second is, as the cover notes, "Teach yourself MYSQL the quick and easy way!" which includes a quickstart guide and easy to understand visuals to help. The rest you learn by examining other people's code and of course many online resources such as and forums dedicated to developing PHP - and of course

  11. jng macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2007
    Don't overdo yourself. Start with Design or Coding. Master it and then go onto the other. Or if you hate what you started with, try the other. Very few people master both well.

    That said, I'm not a programmer but a designer. And I HIGHLY recommend Zeldman and Dan Cedarholm's book, Bulletproof Web Design. It's one thing to know XHTML and CSS, but it's another to know how to design using them! Many people just learn the syntax from websites. But they never figure out style. Design and programming is about style. They setup their layouts in weird ways etc. Anyway, I therefore highly recommend those two books.

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