There are too many books in the WebAmphibian.Com library to name them all. But here, we'll try to list a few of the more influential ones we've come across. Enjoy!

spacer   Web Design

Elements of Web Design is a wonderfully colorful "coffee table" sort of book that outlines the "do's and don'ts" for good web page design. It covers HTML version 4 and a number of Cascading Style Sheet controls. It's becoming a bit dated, but is still a worthy read.

I have to admit that I found this one at the local public library and, even given is rather "beginner" title of The Non-Designer's Web Book, it is another wonderful read. It covers things in a very intuitive manner that doesn't blow off the HTML wizard any more than it does the novice.

In Web Bloopers, another find through my local public library, is a very interesting look at the web. They actually reproduce hundreds of "bad" web site designs (along with where they got them from...which is part of the fun), and explain why they are bad.

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spacer   Active Server Pages and Visual Basic Scripting

These two books have done more for VB Scripting and Active Server Pages than virtually any other. Both have good coverage of the languages, as well as a good collection of examples.

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spacer   HTML Help Workshop

This one book has inspired more WebAmphibian.Com productions than any other. The author covers, in significant depth, all of the intracacies of the "HTML Help Workshop," a free download from Microsoft.

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spacer   Cascading Style Sheets

The HTML Manual of Style is a wonderful book that explains how to use Cascading Style Sheets, as of version 1. It is now quite dated, but it still has some of the better examples of what you can do to a very plain looking web page with the selective addition of just a plain style sheet.

HTML Stylesheet Sourcebook is less of a sourcebook and more of a run down on which browsers support which parts of the Cascading Style Sheet standard and how well. It is worth its weight in paper (at least) when it comes to trying to figure out why a page doesn't quite look right.

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spacer   JavaScript

I love this book. I have had every edition of it, from the first to it's current fifth edition. I picked this up at a now defunct local book store and found it so helpful, so easy to follow, that I have acutally used it (and it's HTML mate below) to teach people how to write web pages without having computers in the room.

In this book, you are given short snippits of JavaScript, along with browser presentations of what happens. They are very clear to follow and easy to understand. Additionally, there is a full break down of the JavaScript hierarchy in the back that is simply invaluable.

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This is another absolutely cool book. I've had every version of it, from the first to it's current fourth edition. This is the mate of the JavaScript book above, and is presented in much the same manor. Small HTML snippits are shown with their presentations side by side. The flow of the book is very simple and straight forward.

Cookies is a book I picked up off of the "clearance" rack at a local Hastings book store. I think I found it next to a bunch of other cook books, which is probably why it didn't sell.

This book goes through a very thorough description of how the browser cookie mechanism works.

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spacer   Perl

Four of the best references for Perl and it's derivatives.

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spacer   MySQL

This book covers everything you need to setup a MySQL server, a MySQL ODBC client interface, and has a fair covering of the SQL. Not a light read, but definitely a good one.

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spacer   Graphics Utilities

I am a penny-pincher and I admit it. Not having the serious money for a full copy of the Adobe Suite, I looked around and came up with JASC's Paint Shop Pro. I bought in about version 4 or so and am still using this program. This book, Paint Shop Pro 6 Visual was very helpful in getting me past "wooo, it's a big nasty graphics program".

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spacer   Cryptography

In Applied Cryptography, Mr. Schneier covers virtually all "modern" cryptography techniques. I actually have both editions of this book, as it covers the topic so well.

This unusual book covers a number of steganographic methods for hiding data. Most of these focus on using image and audio files as the "mules" for transporting data. Live source code is included on the CD in the back for both the encoding/decoding systems, as well as the detection systems.

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spacer   User Interface Design

These three books cover many of the User Interface (UI) issues that all programmers come across during the crafting of any program.

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