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Makiko Itoh is a principal of PRODOK Engineering (www.prodok.com), a development and consulting company based near Zürich, Switzerland, whose clients range from small companies to international corporations and government agencies in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. Prior to making the switch to web development, Makiko was a print graphics designer for several years. She combines a knowledge of scripting and programming issues, which are needed for interactivity and dynamic presentation, with an innate understanding of what designers demand visually. Makiko contributes to several web publications and is the editor-in-chief of Wise-Women (www.wise-women.org), a site dedicated to encouraging women web developers and designers.
Originally from Japan, Makiko now divides her time between Switzerland and the United States, where she is a frequent speaker at various technical conferences such as Seybold Seminars and Web Design World. In her spare time, she likes to travel even more. You can follow her latest activities via her personal web site, www.makikoitoh.com.
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Suzi Arnold is the founder of think inkless (www.thinkinkless.com), a web development and digital design studio established in 2000. She has been developing web sites since 1996. Hired as the first employee for a major job board, Suzi spent the ensuing years training and managing its production team. She finished her "corporate" life as Web Producer for the interactive division of an international advertising agency.
Special thanks to Chris Falvey (www.mediabasement.com) for lending his advice, late hours, technical sweat, and absoulte faith in New Riders and this project. ¿New Riders
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If you are one of those people, this book is definitely for you. The author seems to be a former practitioner of Photoshop Phascism herself (one of the book's 14 projects has 71 graphics!) so she knows where you're coming from.
She also knows where you have to get to create modern, clean, easily-maintained code.
Most of the projects are interesting in themselves and with copious illustrations, easy steps, and thoughtful side notes, you should have no trouble following along.
I also really liked the way the code in the accompanying CD was presented. Each directory had an index file with a separate link to each important step. Note: There was often a disconnect between the label in this index and the label used in the book but this did not present an obstacle.
There was a bit of a lapse in testing some of the files before publication. The finished files for projects 3 and 9 did not open in IE6/Windows. The problem was infinite looping caused by the script meant to deal with an infirmity in decrepit old Netscape 4...another reason why this browser should be left behind.
There was another odd lapse for a book that is very free of errors: No, there is no CURSOR property value of ARROW.
One further warning to more advanced Web workers: the reference to DOM in the title may give you the impression that the scripting is the new W3C DOM "node-speak." It is not. Neither is it missed here, because script is not the focus of this fine book. The focus is on good HTML structure and artful styling. If that is your focus too, then this book is for you.
I feel that the book is very readable and useful. I have already employed some of the things that I have learned, but there are some annoying issues with it. Since the examples are done in a progressive fashion, it would be helpful if the steps in text where related to the source code in a consistent manner. The Project 9 final version crashed MSIE 6.0 and hung Opera 6.0 in an endless reload cycle on my computer. Finally, I would suggest that the reader refer to the code on the included CD-ROM or from the website since the there is a difference between the code snippets in the text and the provided code.
I started with DHTML like just about everyone else: I found something cool and I put it in my web page. But then I wanted to change it a little, so I had to figure out the code. Given time I was just writing the code by hand--straight out of my head.
This book explains how to use the code it shows you. If you type it in yourself as you're reading the book, you're going to start to understand it. There's something about the physical process (of typing) that helps seal in this new knowledge.
Other reviews here will tell you WHAT is in this book. Still others will tell you HOW well the author explains it. Some of the reviews will even explain WHERE this good stuff can be used. What impresses me the most about this book is that the author answers the question that so many books of this type do not: WHY?
I tell my students not to go out and find a script to design a web page around...rather go make a great web page and use this book to make it better.