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Simon Collison, Andy Budd, Cameron Moll
Building on what made the first edition a bestseller, CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions, Second Edition unites the disparate information on CSS-based design spread throughout the internet into one definitive, modern guide. Revised to cover CSS3, the book can be read from front to back, with each chapter building on the previous one. However, it can also be used as a reference book, dipping into each chapter or technique to help solve specific problems. In short, this is the one book on CSS that you need to have. This second edition contains: New examples and updated browser support information New case studies from Simon Collison and Cameron Moll CSS3 examples, showing new CSS3 features, and CSS3 equivalents to tried and tested CSS2 techniques What you’ll learn The best practice concepts in CSS design. The most important (and tricky) parts of CSS Identify and fix the most common CSS problems How to deal with the most common bugs Completely up to date browser support information Covers CSS3 as well as CSS2 showing you the future of CSS Who this book is for This book will be aimed towards intermediate web designers/developers, although the examples should be simple enough for novice designers/developers with a basic understanding of CSS to grasp. Readers will probably have read beginner/intermediate instructional books such as Web Standards Solutions and will be looking for more practical and in-depth information. This book is likely to have a broad appeal, attracting intermediate developers wanting to improve their skills as well as advanced developers wanting a useful reference. The CSS 2/3 content of the book is delivered in a way that allows readers to learn CSS2 techniques that they can implement now in professional work, and then gem up on CSS3 techniques if they want to start looking towards the future. Table of Contents Setting the Foundations Getting Your Styles to Hit the Target Visual Formatting Model Overview Using Backgrounds for Effect Styling Links Styling Lists and Creating Nav Bars Styling Forms and Data Tables Layout Bugs and Bug Fixing Case Study: Roma Italia Case Study: Climb the Mountains
Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman
"A complete learning experience for creating industry standard Web pages - but you won't be just reading: you'll be playing games, solving puzzles, pondering mysteries and creating Web pages like you never imagined. You'll be also learning how HTML works with CSS . . . if you're going to create Web pages in the 21st century, then you want to know and to understand CSS, too."
Abraham Silberschatz, Henry Korth, S. Sudarshan
Database System Concepts by Silberschatz, Korth and Sudarshan is now in its 6th edition and is one of the cornerstone texts of database education. It presents the fundamental concepts of database management in an intuitive manner geared toward allowing students to begin working with databases as quickly as possible. The text is designed for a first course in databases at the junior/senior undergraduate level or the first year graduate level. It also contains additional material that can be used as supplements or as introductory material for an advanced course. Because the authors present concepts as intuitive descriptions, a familiarity with basic data structures, computer organization, and a high-level programming language are the only prerequisites. Important theoretical results are covered, but formal proofs are omitted. In place of proofs, figures and examples are used to suggest why a result is true.
Dashboards have become popular in recent years as uniquely powerful tools for communicating important information at a glance. Although dashboards are potentially powerful, this potential is rarely realized. The greatest display technology in the world won't solve this if you fail to use effective visual design. And if a dashboard fails to tell you precisely what you need to know in an instant, you'll never use it, even if it's filled with cute gauges, meters, and traffic lights. Don't let your investment in dashboard technology go to waste. This book will teach you the visual design skills you need to create dashboards that communicate clearly, rapidly, and compellingly. Information Dashboard Design will explain how to: Avoid the thirteen mistakes common to dashboard design Provide viewers with the information they need quickly and clearly Apply what we now know about visual perception to the visual presentation of information Minimize distractions, cliches, and unnecessary embellishments that create confusion Organize business information to support meaning and usability Create an aesthetically pleasing viewing experience Maintain consistency of design to provide accurate interpretation Optimize the power of dashboard technology by pairing it with visual effectiveness Stephen Few has over 20 years of experience as an IT innovator, consultant, and educator. As Principal of the consultancy Perceptual Edge, Stephen focuses on data visualization for analyzing and communicating quantitative business information. He provides consulting and training services, speaks frequently at conferences, and teaches in the MBA program at the University of California in Berkeley. He is also the author of Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten. Visit his website at www.perceptualedge.com.
Steven Gary Blank
The book offers the practical and proven four-step Customer Development process for search and offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. Rather than blindly execute a plan, The Four Steps helps uncover flaws in product and business plans and correct them before they become costly. Rapid iteration, customer feedback, testing your assumptions are all explained in this book.
Performance is critical to the success of any website, and help with using today’s new tools is key. In this remarkable guide, 32 leading web performance experts offer practical tips, techniques, and advice for optimizing your site’s user experience. Originally written for an online calendar, this collection of articles will inspire you to squeeze every ounce of performance from your site—whether you’re a web developer, mobile developer, or web designer. Check the table of contents and you’ll be convinced. In order of appearance, Web Performance Daybook authors include: Patrick Meenan Nicholas Zakas Guy Podjarny Stoyan Stefanov Tim Kadlec Brian Pane Josh Fraser Steve Souders Betty Tso Israel Nir Marcel Duran Éric Daspet Alois Reitbauer Matthew Prince Buddy Brewer Alexander Podelko Estelle Weyl Aaron Peters Tony Gentilcore Matthew Steele Bryan McQuade Tobie Langel Billy Hoffman Joshua Bixby Sergey Chernyshev JP Castro Pavel Paulau David Calhoun Nicole Sullivan James Pearce Tom Hughes-Croucher Dave Artz
Armando Padilla, Tim Hawkins
Pro PHP Application Performance will help you understand all the technologies and components which play a role in how well your applications run. When seconds can mean the difference between retaining a user and losing a user, it's important for all of us to have optimization as part of our project roadmap. But what components within your application should you analyze? How should you optimize? And how can you measure how well your application is performing? These are some of the questions that are answered in this book. Along the way you will also learn the "why" of optimizing. You’ll discover why you should optimize a specific component, why selecting one function over another is beneficial, and how to find and use the optimization tools available to the open source community. You’ll also learn how to deploy caching software as well as web server software. Pro PHP Application Performance will also teach you more advanced techniques, such as: Using Xdebug to profile functions that are not running as efficiently as possible. Comparing opcode executed by different PHP functions to narrow the search for functions that run efficiently. Using strace to analyze Apache while your application is served to the user. Once you complete this book you will have a complete sense of where to start optimizing and, most importantly, have the tools which allow you to continue optimizing in other PHP applications going forward. What you’ll learn How to improve the performance of existing PHP applications How to maximize the performance of existing operating systems and databases How to refactor existing PHP code for better performance How to identify and rectify bottlenecks in PHP code How to take advantage of variable caching to increase performance Strategies for selecting server hardware for best performance Who this book is for This book will appeal to established PHP developers who wish to write new, complex applications or want to rearchitect existing ones. Developers of other languages such as Ruby, Python, and VB.NET will also have an interest in the techniques for tuning the performance of web servers, databases, and operating systems. Table of Contents Benchmarking Techniques Improving Client Download and Rendering Performance PHP Code Optimization Opcode Caching Variable Caching Choosing the Right Web Server Web Server and Delivery Optimization Database Optimization Installing Apache, MySQL, PHP, and PECL on Windows Installing Apache, MySQL, PHP, and PECL on Linux