Some favourite books

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Just a few books related to website development that I’ve opened more than once …

  1. Web Design in Easy Steps by Richard Quick. Even though this is intended for beginners I found it an worthwhile and inspiring read. It’s the book I recommend when teaching web basics to clients. Buy from Amazon.com.
  2. Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Guide to Web Usability, by Steve Krug. This is one of the best guides to usability ever written: clearly written and straightforward. Again, one of the books I recommend to clients. Buy from Amazon.com.
  3. Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day by Jennifer Grappone and Gradiva Couzin. A no-nonsense guide to the practice of SEO. Even those like me to whom even an hour a day is too much will profit from reading it. Buy from Amazon.com
  4. Pro Drupal Development by John K. VanDyk and Matt Westgate. If you intend to do any serious site development with Drupal, you should own this excellent book, in which the essentials of module development and theming are explained at just the right level of detail. Buy from Amazon.com
  5. The Zen of CSS Design by Dave Shea and Molly E. Holzschlag. Even if one is not a graphic designer (and I’m not) this book should provide inspiration to anyone who works with CSS. Elegant solutions to all kinds of layout problems are provided, many of them visually stunning. Buy from Amazon.com

Not a long list, I know. I’d like to recommend books on PHP, MySQL and HTML – if I knew any decent ones. Most of those I pick up (and quickly put down again) in bookshops are pretty awful. I download reference ebooks (HTMLHelp format if possible) and use those constantly. As for Javascript, these days I mostly use the JQuery library as it comes with Drupal. For that I go here. I’d appreciate your recommendations for a worthy Javascript tome, especially if it advocates the unobtrusive approach and covers AJAX from a graceful degradation perspective.

Look at the date: 2007 is nearly done with. Happy New Year, everyone!

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