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The Best Web Development Books - As Voted By You!


Some of you are aware that I've been quietly collecting vote for the best web development books available. After roughly three weeks, I'm ready to reveal the results. The books will be categorized according to their subject matter.


  • CSS Mastery

    CSS Mastery

    By bringing all of the latest tips, tricks, and techniques together in one handy reference, this book demystifies the secrets of CSS and makes the journey to CSS mastery as simple and painless as possible. While most books concentrate on basic skills, this one is different, assuming that you already know the basics and why you should be using CSS in your work, and concentrating mainly on advanced techniques.

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  • Transcending CSS

    Transcending CSS

    In this groundbreaking book, you’ll discover how to implement highly original designs through visual demonstrations of the creative possibilities using markup and CSS. You’ll learn to use a new design workflow, build prototypes that work well for designers and all team members, use grids effectively, visualize markup, and discover every phase of the transcendent design process, from working with the latest browsers to incorporating CSS3 to collaborating with team members effectively.


    The Book

  • The CSS Anthology

    The CSS Anthology

    The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks is a compilation of best practice solutions to the most challenging CSS problems. The second

    edition of this best-selling book, now in full color, has been completely revised and updated to cover the latest techniques and newer browsers, including Firefox 2 and Internet Explorer 7.

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  • The Zen Of CSS Design

    The Zen Of CSS

    Proving once and for all that standards-compliant design does not equal dull design, this inspiring tome uses examples from the landmark CSS Zen

    Garden site as the foundation for discussions on how to create beautiful, progressive CSS-based Web sites. By using the Zen Garden sites as examples of how

    CSS design techniques and approaches can be applied to specific Web challenges, authors Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag provide an eye-opening look at the

    range of design methods made possible by CSS.


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  • Pro Javascript Techniques

    Pro Javascript Techniques

    Pro JavaScript Techniques is the ultimate JavaScript book for the modern web developer. It provides everything you need to know about modern JavaScript, and shows what JavaScript can do for your web sites. This book doesnt waste any time looking at things you already know, like basic syntax and structures.

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  • Learning jQuery

    Learning jQuery

    Query is a powerful JavaScript library that can enhance your websites regardless of your background. In this book, creators of the popular jQuery learning resource, learningquery.com, share their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm about jQuery to help you get the most from the library and to make your web applications shine. For designers, jQuery leverages existing CSS and HTML skills, allowing you to dynamically find and change any aspect of a page.

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  • PHP Solutions

    PHP Solutions

    The book has been written with an eye on forward and backward compatibility recommending the latest PHP 5 techniques, but providing alternative solutions for servers still running PHP 4.3.

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  • THE PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks and Hacks

    THE PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks and Hacks

    The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks, 2nd Edition is a collection of powerful PHP 5 solutions to the most common programming problems.

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  • PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites

    PHP 6 and MySQL 5 for Dynamic Web Sites

    When static HTML pages no longer cut it, you need to step up to dynamic, database-driven sites that represent the future of the Web. In PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide, the author of best-selling guides to both the database program (MySQL) and the scripting language (PHP) returns to cover the winning pair in tandem-the way users work with them today to build dynamic sites using Open Source tools.

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Web Standards

  • Don't Make Me Think

    Don't Make Me Think

    The title of the book is its chief personal design premise. All of the tips, techniques, and examples presented revolve around users being able to surf merrily through a well-designed site with minimal cognitive strain. Readers will quickly come to agree with many of the book's assumptions, such as "We don't read pages--we scan them" and "We don't figure out how things work--we muddle through." Coming to grips with such hard facts sets the stage for Web design that then produces topnotch sites.

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  • Bullet Proof Web Design

    Bullet Proof Web Design

    No matter how visually appealing or content-packed a Web site may be, if it's not adaptable to a variety of situations and reaching the widest possible audience, it isn't really succeeding. In Bulletproof Web Desing, author and Web designer extraordinaire, Dan Cederholm outlines standards-based strategies for building designs that provide flexibility, readability, and user control--key components of every sucessful site.

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  • Designing With Web Standards

    Designing With Web Standards

    Standards, argues Jeffrey Zeldman in Designing With Web Standards, are our only hope for breaking out of the endless cycle of testing that plagues designers hoping to support all possible clients. In this book, he explains how designers can best use standards--primarily XHTML and CSS, plus ECMAScript and the standard Document Object Model (DOM)--to increase their personal productivity and maximize the availability of their creations.

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  • The Principles Of Beautiful Web Design

    The Principles Of Beautiful Web Design

    The Principles Of Beautiful Web Design is a simple, easy-to-follow guide, illustrated with plenty of full-color examples, this book will lead you through the process of creating great designs from start to finish. Good design principles are not rocket science, and using the information contained in this book will help you create stunning web sites.

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  • How To WOW With Flash

    How To WOW With Flash

    Flash powerhouse—Colin Smith—renowned author, Web designer, and trainer, has developed an effective way to help you reach your full creative potential. Just like great cookbooks—the ones with short, clear-cut instructions and mouth-watering photos of the delectable concoctions—this book identifies challenges, provides simple recipes for overcoming them, and plugs in inspirational full-color photos of the glorious results.

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All The Others

  • Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual

    Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual

    This new version of the popular web design software offers a rich environment for building professional sites, with drag-and-drop simplicity, clean HTML code, and dynamic database-driven web site creation tools. Moreover, it's now integrated more tightly with Adobe's other products: Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, and their siblings. But with such sophisticated features, the software isn't simple. So say hello to Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual, the fifth edition of this bestselling book by experienced web site trainer and author David McFarland.

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  • Building Websites With Joomla

    Building Websites With Joomla

    This is the best-selling Joomla! tutorial guide - which was recently updated for the latest 1.5 release.

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  • Simply Rails 2

    Simply Rails 2

    Unlike other Rails books, this book doesn't assume that you are an experienced web developer, or that you've used Ruby before. An entire chapter is devoted to learning Ruby in a fun way, using the interactive Ruby console, so you can follow along at home. You'll be an accomplished Ruby programmer in no time!

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  • Pro Drupal Development

    Pro Drupal Development

    Assuming you already know how to install and bring a standard installation online, John K. VanDyk gives you everything else you need to customize your Drupal installation however you see fit. Pro Drupal Development, Second Edition delves deep into Drupal internals, showing you how to take full advantage of its powerful architecture.

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What Was The Most Voted Book?

It's no surprise, "Don't Make Me Think" was easily the favorite. Are there books that we missed? Leave a comment and let us know. If you enjoyed this collection, please submit it to Digg, DZone, StumbleUpon, etc.

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