Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing

Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing

A catalog of the mistakes that the author has made while building more than 100 Web sites in five years, so that others won't have to repeat those mistakes.

Publication date: 29 Apr 1999

ISBN-10: 1558605347

ISBN-13: 9781558605343

Paperback: 608 pages

Views: 19,617

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Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers

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Post time: 08 Apr 2007 01:15:21

Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing

Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing A catalog of the mistakes that the author has made while building more than 100 Web sites in five years, so that others won't have to repeat those mistakes.
Tag(s): Web Design and Development
Publication date: 29 Apr 1999
ISBN-10: 1558605347
ISBN-13: 9781558605343
Paperback: 608 pages
Views: 19,617
Document Type: N/A
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers
License: n/a
Post time: 08 Apr 2007 01:15:21
From the Preface:

This book is a catalog of the mistakes that I've made while building more than 100 Web sites in the last five years. I wrote it in the hopes that others won't have to repeat those mistakes.

In a society that increasingly rewards specialists and narrowness, Web publishing is one of the few fields left where the generalist is valuable. To make a great site, you need to know a little bit about writing, photography, publishing, Unix system administration, relational database management systems (RDBMS), user interface design, and computer programming. I have thus assumed no specific technical background among my readers and have tried to make the text self-contained.

Intended Audience:

For the manager in charge of a Web publication or service, this book gives you the big picture. It is designed to help you to affirmatively make the high-level decisions that determine whether a site will be manageable or unmanageable, profitable or unprofitable, popular or unpopular, reliable or unreliable. I don't expect you to be down in the trenches typing Oracle SQL queries. But you'll learn enough from this book to decide whether in fact you need a database, whom to hire as the high database priest, and whom to allow anywhere near the database. You'll be able to have a conversation with a database expert. If you get bogged down in some of the tech chapters, I encourage you to skip to the end where I present a vision of the future informed by my 22 years at the same email address.

For the literate computer scientist, I hope to expose the beautiful possibilities in Web service design. I want to inspire you to believe, as I do, that this is the most interesting and exciting area in which we can work.

For the instructors who've been using my book as a course text, I've added "More" sections at the bottom of each chapter pointing to in-depth reference material.

For the student, I've thrown in lots of my photos so that when the class is over, you'll have a nice coffee table book.

For the working Web designer or programmer, I want to arm you with a new vocabulary and mental framework for building sites. There can be more to life than making a client's bad ideas flesh with PhotoShop and Perl/CGI.

Reviews:

Amazon.com

:) "This book is the best that I have come across for designing database-backed websites. Unlike the numerous other books on the topic, this one doesn't dispense with advertising or commerical gimmicks. Dr. Greenspun is strikingly honest and speaks from personal experience -- he has designed and created over 200 database backed websites in his professional career."

:( "Greenspun abuses print the way the web novices he critiques use the web--utterly superfluous production values that add no value to the user but only heap on costs and hence price; utterly gratuitous graphics which prove that force me, the book buyer, to subsidize Greenspun's embarrassingly mediocre talent as a photographer, and utter inability to generate creative or useful graphic illustrations to help communicate the rich and bountiful insights that pour forth from his fertile mind."

:) "... this book is the perfect reference for teaching a class on website development, in a manner that gives students a broad perspective before they delve into the inevitable geek stuff: web application programming, data models, and SQL queries."
 




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