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Hi guys, I did HTML at Uni about 3 years ago. I haven't had much experience since. Im wondering do any of you guys know any good HTML books? Also, what other web technologies should I be looking into? I also have a post in the Java forums regarding Java & SQL server 2000 if any of you know about it. Thanks for any advice!

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I used an older version of this book back when I was in Uni

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0131450913/002-5678348-6917614?v=glance&n=283155

it's got some good information on various areas of web programming, covering HTML, XML, scripting languages, SQL etc. It's a bit of a "jack of all trades, master of none" but has more than enough to get a good grasp of each of the areas it covers and see what's worth looking into further.

As for other technologies it really depends on what kind of web development you're looking to do.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0672328232/sr=1-1/qid=1152875837/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-5678348-6917614?ie=UTF8&s=books

that's a good book on ASP.Net that I'm currently working through, has a lot about working with databases and SQL 2000 (that book might be newer than my version though so it might regard a newer version of SQL server) but do bear in mind that the code is written with both VB.Net an C# in mind, not Java.

Hope that helps

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My personal opinion is that HTML is by itself too simple for a book, I mean all you need to know about HTML is available for free on the internet, Google is just waiting for you to find it.

I strongly suggest that you learn XHTML (HTML based on the strict XML structure), CSS, and after mastering those, javascript.

The idea behind that is to separate content and document structure (XHTML) from layout and design (CSS) and behavior (javascript).

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If you're throwing money at a book, get a good reference guide. They stay faily accurate for some time. Web technology changes too fast for tutorial-style books. Learn it online.

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Hi Cacks.

There are quite a few interesting technologies out there that pertain to the web, everything from static pages to online Flash games, AJAX-powered webapps to RSS syndication sites, and even the newer field of mobile browser development using WAP and WML technologies.

I'd like to suggest some technologies for you, but first I'd like to know what you're interested in most, since that will help in narrowing down the suggestion field, as the list of all web technologies is a bit large. :)

Feel free to PM me or reply in this thread and I'll be glad to help.

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Thanks for the advice guys.

So web technologies I should be learning are:

XHTML
XML
javascript

is that correct or are some of these out-dated?

What about AJAX? Does it just speed up webpages?

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Thanks for the advice guys.

So web technologies I should be learning are:

XHTML
XML
javascript

is that correct or are some of these out-dated?

What about AJAX? Does it just speed up webpages?

Don't forget to learn CSS, and don't put too much effort in XML (after all, XML is quite simple by itself).

None of those are outdated, and they will most likly play an important role in web development the coming years at least.

AJAX is just short for Asynchronous javascript and XML, i.e. it is a more advanced form of javascript programming and web programming in general. Sites utilizing AJAX are becomming more and more common, so if you would like to become a proffesional web developer, I would advice to look futher into it.

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Thanks for the advice guys.

So web technologies I should be learning are:

XHTML
XML
javascript

is that correct or are some of these out-dated?

What about AJAX? Does it just speed up webpages?
Cacks.

It seems like you're mostly interested in the more basic aspects of web development, and this presents you with the widest assortment of book choices. While the book choice is vast, there are a number of good publishers to base your reading off of who always provide solid and well-written books. Here are just a few with links to their book catalogs, and more specifically their web development books:

Apress - They mostly cater to the more dynamic languages and concepts, assuming you have a good grasp of (X)HTML and CSS, but if you're interested in such technologies as javascript and AJAX, they have some strong readings.

Apress is actually having a sale at Barnes and Noble right now where you can save 40% off selected titles, here are a few that would be up your alley:O'Reilly - I've used their books for a long time and they've been a staple in the technology book community for years. They have an ever-widening web development book section and each new title brings a lot of information and direction for the topic covered. Their books tend to follow more reference-like style, so if you're looking for "12 Easy Steps" type of reading, these aren't them.

Peachpit Press - From the books I've read published by them and their specific "families" of books, I'd have to say these people know their stuff. They get authors like Zeldman, Meyer, and Nielson to write for them, and are always covering the new and oft talked about subjects. Their New Riders - Voices that Matter series has the best selection of non-technical reading around when it comes to web standards, usability, and design practices.

I hope this was helpful enough. I didn't want to list specific books because again, I've read too many and there are too many I haven't read. :) Good luck on your search and if you ever have any web development questions, feel free to ask, cheers!

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