by Elizabeth Castro, Peachpit Press
A tutorial for novices and a reference for experienced users, featuring step-by-step instruction, tips, troubleshooting advice, and a visual approach with screenshots and code examples. Covers page creation, tags, images, links, frames... pretty much everything. It's a great reference with lots of tips and tricks here and there.
Creating Web Pages
for Dummies, 6th edition
The updated edition of this best-selling guide provides the essential information a beginning Internet user needs to create personal Web pages with software such as Netscape Composer, which is free, and Microsoft FrontPage and Adobe PageMill, plus new information about how to find free tools, publish a home page quickly, and more.
It's a good solid intro to designing websites that have static (not generated on the fly or database driven) content.
Creative HTML Design,
The example site in the book doesn't really shine out as a stellar example of creative web design, but the pieces of the book indivdually give great advice on how a well-designed website should work, and the book will certainly help you through not only the details of web page editing but also overall site planning, design, and layout.
The best overall design oriented title (which offers little in the way of webpage
reference) is "Don't Make Me Think" under our design
Guide 2nd edition
Guide (the rhino book)
PERL and CGI for the
World Wide Web: Visual Quickstart Guide
Taking a visual approach, this guide uses ample screen stills to explain the basic components of Perl, and show how to install and customize existing CGI scripts to build interactivity into Web sites.
If you're not a programmer geek head type, want a great intro to Perl, or need to use some Perl scripts or other resources you've dug out of the backwaters of your website, this is the book to get.If you have a programming background and already know what "CGI" means, get the camel book (below). But then again, you probably already have the camel book, if that's the case.
Programming Perl (the
Both this book and its pre-requisite (Learning Perl, Third Edition) are well established and well-used books. They have a light and humorous approach. Perl itself, as a language, is quite esoteric, with a crytpic syntax, so these books appeal to those to whom Perl is suited. If you're a programmer-type, these are the books to buy. If you're not a programmer-type, get the one reviewed above and stick to copying and pasting (and occasionally modifying) other people's scripts.