Basic Books for Web Developers

Books for web developers

This is a list of the books I've purchased when I started a job as a webmaster. The list will go on a chronological order, due to either my need to solve a problem or add a new feature to my websites, and as new technologies have appeared and come back in style.

Learning Macromedia DreamweaverMX

So when someone asked me if I knew how to make a website, and if I could modify a template and work with it, I said YES! and I bought a book to learn DreamweaverMX.

My very first book was HTML Tips and Techniques, which I find very basic and easy to understand nad although it won't give you advanced stuff, It will present them to you in a way to motivate you do some more deep research on those subjects.

The Joy of DreamweaverMX turned out ot be great, with very good real life examples. It guides you from installing a Web Server in your machine, all the way down passing thru designing the page, the logo, setting up your database, how to query objects and more, much more. It is easy to understand and at the same time it has a lot of code and examples of intermediate problem-solver scripts, in both ASP and Coldfusion. I loved it.

Learning Coldfusion MX

When it turned out I needed to process data add more functionalities to the websites, my hosting guy suggested I used Macromedia Coldfusion MX.

So I decided to give it a try, and purchased Visual Quickpro Guide to Macromedia Coldfusion MX. Again, it was a good decision. It will help you to easily add functionalities to your applications, the easy way. The way I used it was to get the first scripts going and then I customized it to suite my needs. But it will give you a foot in the door from where you can start building your applications Your way.

When the time passed, and my programming needs got more and more complicated, It was time for me to buy WACK (Macromedia Coldfusion MX7 Web Applicaton Construction Kit), by Ben Forta. It is pure and simple THE BOOK to purchase, if you and when you get serious about Coldfusion MX7. I don't think new programmers will get so much from it at the beginning, but when the time comes for their needs to easily do more (One of the best things about Coldfusion is the ease of achieving) they will come for it and use it probably as I do in my computer desk, right where I can grab it, the many times I need to reference it during my work week.


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