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A list of books I liked enough to buy, rather than just read cover-to-cover while sitting at Borders. My favorite computer books on web design as well as Java, C, C++, Photoshop, CGI, Perl, programming, and web site promotion.
I had the idea all my life that I wasn't good at art. Yes, I know that's a subjective evaluation. :) I am learning that I can do some things that I like in this medium. Price: $39.99 ~
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A little too easy after taking C but it comes with a CD and you get to practice on line. I recommend it because I haven't found anything better but I'm less enthusiastic about it than the other books on this page. I paid $34.99 for the book and the CD.
This was a great book for the transition from doing that car wash program in C++ on the VAX to doing my first GUIs on the job. It is not an exhaustive list of the classes but it was a great start and explained the basics of Windows programming somewhat before it got using the MFCs for the same thing. I paid $49.99 at Borders before I knew better.
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These guys are incredibly corny. But this was the text we used at SBCC and it worked really well, especially since I would rather program than go to class. Good assignments for working on on your own. The first chapter belies the statement that the target audience is people who've never programmed. Skip that. Price: $53.00
Data Structures. What else is there to say? But you have to learn it eventually and this presentation is better than bearable. Data structures are like learning your times tables for programmers. You just have to settle in and do it. Price: $49.95
XML, DHTML, bells and whistles. Use this book to build a web site that will frighten the neighbors. Price: $22.36
"Geek-Free, Commonsense Advice on Building a Low-Cost Web Site." Practical advice for getting on the net on a shoe string. Discusses domain names and where to host your website, style vs. function, basic design guidelines, web marketing, banners, click throughs, some simple cgi walk-throughs (not geek-free but he tries), and gives HTML basics. Also discusses autoresponders and how to use email for advertising without turning the net into a free-for-all. Highly recommended for beginners but even the Internet savvy have something to learn here. ~ This link goes to the author's website = he'll give you a 15% discount and one-year guarantee. You can read part of the book online there.
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A 5 star book. Covers layers, actions, channels, filters, color modes, image size, scans, and much more. Paperback
Every chapter has been reworked, redesigned, and is a continuation of the first book, with more valuable information and more illustrations. Paperback
Covers everything from basic HTML to animation techniques in Macromedia Director and tutorials for the latest release of Adobe Photoshop. Paperback
Insider secrets of managing a Web project. Expert advice on cost/benefit analysis, contracts, rights issues, and marketing. Paperback
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced users. Covers working wonders with layers to customizing graphics for the Web, and everything in between. CD Rom edition. Paperback
A QuickStart Guide to Photoshop 5 for graphics beginners. Step-by-step instruction and exact keyboard and mouse operations. Illustrated. Paperback
Intermediate and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop 5 for Macintosh and Windows. Covers creating, editing, and outputting images for print, the Web, and multimedia projects. CD Rom edition. Paperback
Explains what types of computers will be affected, how to prepare for it, Test PCs to determine whether they are compliant, and more. Paperback
Learn the basic concept of 3-D design, and proceed to creating simple and complex objects. Paperback
A 5 star book. Create monsters, action heroes, and more by using LightWave 5.5, 3D Studio Max 2.0, and Animation:Master 5. Paperback
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