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Ever wonder what's sitting on our bookshelves? Here's a small sampling of the books I thumb through daily.

JavaScript and DHTML of course...

Javascript : The Definitive Guide, by David Flanagan: The title says it all, the definitive reference. This book moves quickly, and has an in-depth reference of everything you need to know about JavaScript.

Javascript Pocket Reference, by David Flanagan: The perfect size to have next to your keyboard for that latest javascript problem. Descriptions and an alphabetical listing of JavaScript objects. Completely invaluable.

DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, by Jason Cranford Teague: If you can't get any other book to learn CSS and DHTML, this is the one for you. It covers both subjects well, and teaches you W3C DOM compliant Dynamic HTML. This is a good book to get you started, is geared more towards the novice than the advanced scripter.

Design and Industry

Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, by Eric Meyer: This is the best book on learning style sheets you can find. Eric Meyer takes you through every attribute their is, and not only tells you how to use it, but how each browser (especially Netscape) tends to treat every declaration differently. An invaluable tool, especially coupled with the next book.

Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 Programmer's Reference, by Eric Meyer: This is the companion book to the definitive guide. A pocket reference, with bare bones information on every style out there.

Playing With Fire: Tapping the Power of Macromedia Fireworks 4, by Linda Rathberger: The step by step tutorials in this book are fantastic. I've been using Fireworks for over a year, and I didn't know half the things it was capable of. I can feel my billing rate going up as we speak.

Taking Your Talent to the Web: Making the Transition from Graphic Design to Web Design, by Jeffrey Zeldman: Zeldman makes it easy for graphic artists (or even professional designers) to improve their understanding of the web, and make the transition from designing personal pages for your kids to making a living designing first-class sites. Not only is it informative, but entertaining as well.

Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity, by Jakob Nielsen: Nielsen is the guru of usability. This wonderful book shows you what to do, and what not to do, with screen shots scattered throughout the book. Learn the best place to put your navigation, and what makes a good crumb trail.

Programming

DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, by Jason Cranford Teague: DHTML and CSS put into layman's terms. This book makes it easy for you to learn W3C DOM compliant DHTML. This book focuses on practical examples of what really works with DHTML and CSS.

Sams Teach Yourself E-Commerce Programming with ASP in 21 Days: This is the book that got us started, and I've got it bookmarked from front to back. Definitely a good read. This is what got me started with Dreamweaver Ultradev, and enabled me to create all the dynamic content for DHTMLShock.

Software

Dreamweaver 4 Bible, by Joseph W. Lowery: The book that started it all for me. This is an all-inclusive in depth look at all things Dreamweaver. It shows you how to use every palette and panel in the program, as well as some tutorials on how to organize your workflow, and design well laid out pages.

Dreamweaver Ultradev 4 : A Beginner's Guide, by Tom Muck and Ray West: Never touched a database before? This is the book for you. An introduction to databases, and a full-fledged lesson in Ultradev.

Dreamweaver UltraDev 4: The Complete Reference, by Tom Muck and Ray West: This is by far our favorite book on Ultradev, with everything you need, including live tutorials and examples (not to mention the fact it's written by our buddy Tom Muck). It even includes a tutorial on building a shopping cart for your site, from start to finish.

Dreamweaver 4 Magic, by Al Sparber, Craig Foster, Murray Summers: The ultimate in snazzy design. Learn to make your own drop down flyout menus using Dreamweaver 4. Create amazing effects using Dreamweaver timelines and advanced layer effects. The project files are all included on the CD-ROM, along with finished results. The real deal is found in the custom Dreamweaver extensions, creating with just a click content that would otherwise require a lot of valuable time to write in JavaScript.

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