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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Alex Wright, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. Alex Wright

    Alex Wright Megabyte Poster

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    ... a decent book for learning HTML (latest version... or is it XHTML now?) and SQL?

    Thanks in advance.

    - Alex
     
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  2. ManicD

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    just search teh web, i taught myself that stuff a long time ago from a free manual online
     
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  3. Stoney

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  4. Percula

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    I've found htmldog.com to be useful. They have a nice book too.
     
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  5. Alex Wright

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    Cheers, I know that I can do the free on-line tutorials and I have (well I've made a start!). I'd just like a book (especially for SQL) that I can skim through when I'm away from my computer.
     
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  6. ThomasMc

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    I can't see a HTML book touching on SQL

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    nvm i really shouldn't post on here till i engage my brain
     
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  7. hbroomhall

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    On SQL there are a number of books that are good - but the definition of 'good' will depend on:
    1) You current knowledge of SQL
    2) Whether there is a specific dialect of SQL that you are going for
    3) Your methematical background (i.e. would 'relational algebra' scare you off? :biggrin )

    Some books go for the 'standard' or 'neutral' dialect of SQL, while others look at specific implementations, such as SQLServer, Oracle, PostgreSQL and the like.

    I started at the absolute beginning with the 'Dummies Guide', but I moved onto various books by Date and others. The book I use most these days is Celko's "SQL for smarties".

    For HTML my main book is the O'Reilly 'Definitive Guide'.
    Be warned that W3C has just released HTML 5, which looks like causing lots of new editions of books, and lots of new incompatabilites in browsers.

    Harry.
     
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  8. Alex Wright

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    Hi Harry,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I have no prior knowledge of SQL and in all honesty my maths isn't the best. So, with that said, do you think the "For Dummies" book would be a sound investment?

    Also, as W3C has just realeased HTML 5, does that mean purchasing any books on the previous version is pointless?
     
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  9. hbroomhall

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    Based on that I would say that it would be good for you. It attempts to use 'standard' SQL, without going (much) into the variations in actual products.
    It is going to be ages before HTML 5 becomes widely used - there are still people using 3.2 and earlier! I wouldn't expect to see the new editions for about a year - so if you need the book now I'd buy it now. Make sure any book you buy covers HTML 4.

    Harry.
     
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  10. Alex Wright

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    Does the O'Reilly 'Definitive Guide do this?
     
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  11. hbroomhall

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    Has for some time. I have the 3rd edition which includes it, the current edition is the 6th!

    More info here.

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  12. Alex Wright

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    One last thing Harry.

    Does the book also come with a CD-ROM? Not a huge problem if it doesn't, it'd just ge good to have a visual reference to also learn from! :D
     
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  13. hbroomhall

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    My edition did not. And I don't see any evidence on the O'Reilly site that suggests that the current edition does either.

    My edition included a quick-reference card at the back.

    Harry.
     
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  14. Alex Wright

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    OK, not to worry.

    Thanks for all your help!
     
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