Note: I agonized over whether to develop this bibliography simply because many of these books suffer from what anything technological suffer from - obsolescence. However, I still think it is worthwhile to record the sources I have used to learn about the Internet and Web authoring and to share my experiences with those interested. It is highly possible that many of these authors have dedicated themselves to keeping their books current so that newer editions may be available when you get to the point you want to learn more about these topics. Best things about textbooks, you can always go back and find a gem you missed in an earlier reading.
Caveat: Do not take seriously the title's intent to have you learn anything in 24 hours, 1 week or any specific time period. For example, a "two week" book took me 3 months to get through. Time periods, however, are helpful in giving you a sense of how much detail the book would go into the topics it covers. For example, for the same topic, there is less depth in a 24-hour book than a 2 week book.
Collin, Simon. (1993). The Way Computers & MS-DOS Work. Microsoft Press. This was probably one of the earliest books I read on computers (like in 1994). I came across this dinosaur recently, re-read again in 2006, just for nostalgia's sake. Have things changed in 13 years! Many of the DOS commands that I used so much in the early days seem so prehistoric, especially on a blue screen. And, I do miss DOS for its simplicity. In those days, you could install a software program all into one directory, and that was a wonderful thing, especially now there are more orphan files than I care to count. I miss being able to tinker in DOS, when now who would dare to touch the registry without causing.. a blue screen.
Gertler, Nat. (1998). Easy PCs, 5th Edition. IN: Que Corp. Real easy introduction to computers, the Net and everything in-between. Definitely for the visually-inclined. Easy explanations for everything. If you are phobic about computers, read this.
Goodman, Danny. (1995). Danny Goodman's Windows 95 Handbook. 1st Edition. NY: Random House. I thought I would include this in with this listing since you really need to have SOME understanding of operating systems. A visual approach to explaining this operating system that is actually obsolete as I write this. However, for many, Windows 95 remains the current standard OS because it has passed the test of time (however short), and is relatively bug-free. Unlike Windows 98, Windows 95 is not as controlling as Windows 98, and still allows the seamless use of DOS programs in a windows-based environment.
Guide to Computing Questions & Answers (2000). 1500 Answers to Common Computing Questions in Plain English NE: Sandhills Publishing Company. Covers everything you ever wanted to know about computers - Hardware, Software, Internet and General Use. About the only definition they did not have was for DOS (and, no, it doesn't just mean "denial of service.")
Rathbone, Andy. (2013) Windows 8 for Dummies Dell pock Edition E-book. Thanks to the generosity of Dell, you can download this e-Book (which is in PDF format) and learn how to use this awful operating system (OS). This is the first time I ever had to read a "dummies" book for an operating system, so you can imagine why. It does the job and should help you use a computer with this OS.
Smart Computing in Plain English (2000). E-Mail & More. NE:Sandhills Publishing Co. A great overall magazine series that is timely and informative. Everything you want to know about e-mail to make the most of this new way of communication.
Smart Computing in Plain English (2001). PC Fixes - Troubleshoot Win9x & Hardware. NE:Sandhills Publishing Co. Good help in dealing with problems associated with Win 95, Win 98 and Win ME. Many step-by-step help. Also, lots of help with peripherals and the guts of your PC.
Smart Computing in Plain English (2000). PC Tricks - 500 Insider Tips. NE:Sandhills Publishing Co. Hardware, Software and Internet. Lot to read because there is that much to learn.
Steinbacher, Raymond (2003). Computer Friendly! PA: Green Tree Press. A nice, easy-to-understand introduction to the world of computers. Everything to help you get over any fears you may have about using a computer (it's just another appliance, really!). Many step-by-step explanations to what a computer is.
White, Ron(1998). How Computers Work. 4th Edition. IN:Que. Now you can learn how this most popular appliance (yes, it is becoming one) works. Generously illustrated, you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about this machine. Explains all the technological details that only the truest of geeks would be interested in, as well as the more terminally curious among those of us who really want to be friends with computers.
Campbell, Jennifer & Keene, Michael (1998) Mayfield's Quick View Guide to the Internet CA:Mayfield Publishing. A nice brief guide that provides an adequate overview of the Internet for college students. Nice perks like how to cite electronic references using the APA format, and listing of Internet job sites - what every student wants to know.
Crowder, David & Crowder, Rhonda (1999). Teach Yourself the Internet. CA:IDG Books Worldwide. Yes, with this book you can. Covers all the basics, from what the Internet is about to creating web pages with Netscape Composer, and creating a Geocities Web site. Not technical at all. Good for self-starters, as a start.
Estabrook, Noel. (1997). Teach Yourself the Internet in 24 Hours. IN:SamsNet Books. Another "one day" book, which actually took me 14 days to finish. Does give a good overview of what you can do on the Internet.
Gralla, Preston. (1998). How the Internet Works. Fourth Edition. IN: Que Corp. What a great pictorial to the "innards" of the Net. Explains everything with pictures. You may end up knowing more than you ever wanted to know about how the Net works. But, so what? It was fun and entertaining. Don't miss this one if you really want to understand how the Net works.
Kraynak, Joe & Habraken, Joe (1997). Internet 6 in 1 IN:Que Books. A great overall guide to: Getting Connected, the World Wide Web, E-Mail, Newsgroups,Web Publishing, Web Directory. The last section is a comprehensive compendium of web sites organized by topic. If you want a basic overview of the Internet before you start surfing, this is a good introductory book.
MaranGraphics, Inc. (1997). Teach Yourself the Internet and World Wide Web Visually. CA:IDG Books. A truly revelatory approach to learning about a medium that thrives on images and graphics. For the text-challenged, this is a godsend. If you don't understand the Net or WWW after this, perhaps, you are not cyberspace-inclined. Technological concepts can be captured graphically, fortunately.
Smart Computing in Plain English (2003). PC How Tos - Special 3-in-1 Issue: Avoid and Defeat Viruses, Set Up a Home Network; Build a Web site. NE:Sandhills Publishing Co. Basic information about the latest in computer viruses, what you can do, how to link up all your computer software, and some basics about developing a Web site.
Smart Computing in Plain English (2000). 2500 Web Sites. NE:Sandhills Publishing Co. Organized topically - very useful. If you can visit all 2500, I salute you!
Cadenhead, Rogers (1997). Teach Yourself to Create a Home Page in 24 Hours. IN:Samsnet. Another book for the insomniac. Of course, you can't do this in 24 hours (as we know 24 hours). As I mentioned in the preface of this Web page, do not take the time span seriously. It does tell you that this is a superficial approach to the subject, but the author does it with a lighthearted flare. Teaches how to create pages using the Claris Lite 2.0 software included with the text.
Callahan, Evan. (2001). Troubleshooting Your Web Page. Covers Microsoft FrontPage 2000. WA:Microsoft Press. A useful textbook covering the more common problems you may run into while developing pages. More useful to those who actually use FrontPage. Does a nice job of explaining cascading style sheets. Very useful appendices covering CSS properties, special characters, HTML tag summary, and web authoring resources.
Castro, Elizabeth. (2000). HTML for the World Wide Web. Fourth Edition. (Visual Quickstart Guide) CA:Peachpit Press. A very good visual text to using the most current version of HTML. Includes online examples and helps on her Web site. Great insights from the author who's been around HTML for quite some time. A great chapter devoted to Cascading Style Sheets, which goes to show - just when you think you've mastered HTML..... Not to be missed.
Fogg, B.J., Soohoo, C., Danielsen, D., Marable, L., Stanford, J., Tauber, E.R. (October 29, 2002). How Do People Evaluate a Web Site's Credibility? Results from a Large Study firstname.lastname@example.org. A great piece of modern-day research about how consumers evaluate the believability/credibility of a Web site. You will be surprised with what they found. The report is clearly written and a joy to read.
Gray, Daniel. (1999). Looking Good on the Web. AZ: Cariolis Group. A super cool book of Web style. Not as academic as Lynch & Horton's text, but nevertheless very good. Full of illustrations. I like illustrations, as they compensate for the techie language that's threatening to become obscure... Not to be missed.
Kimball, M.A. (2003). The Web Portfolio Guide. Creating Electronic Portfolios for the Web. NY: Longman. A manual that tries to meet the needs of several audiences - students, graduates and teachers - on how to create an online portfolio. Though Kimball devotes only one chapter to the academic professional, the entire book reads like it was meant for the teacher rather than for students. For sure, to make the most of this textbook, if it were to be used in class, the teacher must be Net-saavy enough to provide the technical expertise needed to make the most of the manual. Though repetitious on some points, it does provide a sequential approach to the planning, designing and revising of a Web portfolio, and does provide information about graphics and the hands-on tasks needed to keep the portfolio current. Provides insight on what to think about in putting together any portfolio (now being preferred over just a mere resume or CV for some professions) to show off what you can do to a potential employer.
King, Julie Adair. (2001). Easy Web Graphics. WA: Microsoft. Very good textbook that covers all the basics for creating graphics for Web pages. Of course, it would be the most helpful to those using Microsoft's PhotoDraw program. But, if not, you will still get an in-depth, but not too overwhelming foundation for creating graphics from scratch. Mixing a little humor in kept it less geeky.
Lemay, Laura. (1996). Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML 3.2 in 14 Days. Professional Reference Edition.IN:SamsNet Publishing. Probably the best for comprehensiveness regarding HTML. It took me 3 months to get through the book, but feel I have a great grasp of the basics I need to know to create good web pages. Any of Lemay's books are worth picking up - she's a great teacher.
Lynch, P.J., & Horton, S. (1999). Web Style Guide. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Yes, indeed, an exquisite guide to Web authoring in style. Well-written and really provides a common sense approach to planning a good Web site. Don't miss this one.
MaranGraphics, Inc. (1999). Creating Web Pages with HTML Simplified. 2nd Edition. IN:IDG Books Worldwide, Inc. Another one of those great picture books that surpasses text-only manuals. Includes simple explanations and tons of examples for creating Web pages. Has a nice section on cascade sheets that is a great introduction to this new way of developing Web pages. Great book if you hate to read and like pictures.
MaranGraphics, Inc. (2000). HTML. Your visual blueprint for designing effective Web pages CA:IDG Books. A must-have text on HTML. With plenty of graphics to guide you through the writing of HTML. If you really want to learn this code, then you should get this book.
MaranGraphics, Inc. (2001). HTML in an Instant. NY: Hungry Minds, Inc A great easy-to-understand handbook for HTML coding. Profusely illustrated. Great reference. Brief intro to style sheets. Could probably go into more detail in this area.
Martinez.Anne (2001). Cheap Web Tricks! NY: McGraw Hill. A really wonderful manual that covers just about everything you can think of in becoming a Webmaster on the cheap. Many excellent free resources you can use if you don't want to spend a fortune. Many I have discovered myself along the way. However, because of the dotcom dieoffs, some of the free resources have either gone commercial or went to that great cyberspace in the sky... Author also manages a Web site.
Millhollon, Mary & Castrina, Jeff. (2000). Easy Web Design. Microsoft Press. A great all-around textbook for creating a Web site! Even after years of webmastering I still got to learn something new. Shows you how to create pages from scratch, to using Word and Frontpage. Newer editios of this textbook are available.
Navarro, Ann. (2001). Effective Web Design. 2nd edition. SF:Sybex. An excellent comprehensive textbook on web design. Covers the latest on XHTML and cascading style sheets. Has an excellent chapter on the use of color, with color plates. If you could only afford one textbook (and they are all expensive) this is worth getting.
Niederst, Jennifer. (1999). Web Design in a Nutshell. CA:O'Reilly & Associates. Not for the faint of heart. Probably the definitive text for now about web authoring. Close to as techie as I am willing to go without turning into a complete geek. Right now, probably the best resource book for what's going on with web designing.
Oliver, Dick & Holzschlag, Molly. (1997) Sams' Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours. 2nd Edition IN:SamsNet Publishing. It took me 21 days to get through this one. I used this book as a review of what I learned from Lemay's book. Authors make an effort to not be too techie, which is great for people like myself - techie enough to make the most of technology without being over- or under-whelmed. Holzschlag's Internet Baglady site is worth exploring.
Parker, Elisabeth, A. (1997). Home Page Improvement. CA:IDG Books. A hands-on approach to jazzing up your web pages. The assumption is that you already know HTML and have several web pages under your mouse.
PC Novice Learning Series. (1999). Building Web sites Series 5(5). NE:Sandhills Publishing Co. A really great magazine issue that covers everything you need to know about developing your own Web site. Covers all the pre-planning one has to do before actually creating Web pages, dos and don'ts for web designs, deciding how much cyber-space you need, having your own server, HTML techniques, creating SFXs, and summaries of software programs.
Rosenfeld, L., & Morville, P. (1998). Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. Designing Large-Scale Web Sites. CA: O'Reilly & Associates. An elegant introduction to designing a Web site like an architect designs a building, through the eyes of the pre-Internet initial "infomeisters" (my term) - librarians. Though we probably don't give enough credit to librarians, we probably should as they were the very first to find the information we needed from the written page. Now the more progressive ones have gone on to help organize the World Wide Web so we can find information across cyber-space. An organized approach to designing a Web site, this textbook should provide you with the basics of what to consider. Though not advanced by these authors, my feeling is we probably should consider using the Dewey Decimal System for organizing all the information on the Net, possibly as another Meta Tag category. It would certainly help in cataloguing and grouping information in meaningful ways. A great handbook for any wannabe Webmaster.
Sather,A., Ibanez,A., DeChant,B., Pascal. (1997). Creating Killer Interactive Web Sites. IN:Hayden Books. Written by Adjacency staff, a Web design and development company. Its approach is pure eyecandy, with enough graphics to make you think about why graphic designers have been so successful on the Net. However, it should be noted that the Web site the book refers to no longer exists.... Good thing they wrote this book.
Shafran,A. (1997). Creating Your Own Web Pages. 2nd Edition. IN:QUE Corp. READ-ME-FIRST BOOK. Yes, if you are starting, this book is a great introduction to the basics of web authoring, and all the perks you can have on your Web page. Written simply, you will want to try your hand at this. You can get the meat of this text off the Net.
Smart Computing in Plain English (2001). Super Web Tips. How to Develop, Tweak & Polish Your Web site. NE:Sandhills Publishing Co. A great resource covering all the current commercial and free software available for developing a Web site. Lots of stuff on all the nice features (although you don't really neat to put EVERYTHING they suggest) to make your Web site a visitor magnet.
Stanford, J. Tauber,E.R., Fogg, B.J. & Marable, L. (2002). Experts vs. Online Consumers: A Comparative Credibility Study of Health and Finance Web Sites . Available from ConsumerWatch Web site. The report for the companion study that was conducted along with Fogg's (See review) Web site credibility study. Takes a more academic approach to looking at credibility, and compares the Web site evaluation of experts with consumers. The writing may be too much for the general reader. I found the references to consumers to be somewhat mean. Aside from this, the study is useful.
Summitt,P.M. & Summitt,M.J. (1996). Creating Cool Interactive Web Sites. CA:IDG Books. It is always enlightening to read time-sensitive books years after the fact. It's amazing how, in 2000, this book seems almost hopelessly outdated when discussing hardware capabilities, yet stays timely as ever when talking about Web site technology. Really does provide a good overview to all the technologies currently in use. And, in only 4 years, it's amazing how much faster everything related to the Net has become, and yet at the same time how much cheaper it has become to get better technology.
Tittle, E. & James, S. (1996) HTML for Dummies, 2nd Edition CA:IDG Books. Like Dummies books for any topic, these books were meant for self-taught people who enjoy learning something new without having "expert witness" as the end goal for the search for knowledge. Similarly, this book goes out of the way to make HTML as painless as possible for those willing to learn.
Whitehead, Paul. (2003) HTML Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc. & maranGraphics. After maintaining a Web site, solely by HTML, since 1999 (at this writing, almost 7 years now), I still found a number of gems in this, another maranGraphics visual textbook. If you use Web authoring programs, you probably won't find this textbook useful, but for webmasters who are not HTML-phobic, such textbooks such as these are godsend for tweaking and enhancing Web sites not overwhelmed by too much graphic-driven extras that may make you ooh and ah, but are hardly easy to get around in.
Zimmerman, Scott & Evans, Tim. (1996) Building an Intranet with Windows NT 4 IN:Sams.Net. Provides some basics about organizing an internal web environment. Will be too technical for most readers. Since I don't work in an NT environment much of the material covered was not relevant to me. It does have good chapters on CGI programming. Probably a good text for someone serious on setting up an NT Intranet. I did, however, manage to set up an Intranet in my work setting by trial and error, and can do things with the Intranet that I cannot with my Web site. Go figure.
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