Programming the World Wide Web by
Robert W. Sebesta
Tired Of Rpg/400, Jcl And The Like? Heres A Ticket Out
Programming the World Wide Web by Robert Sebesta provides students
with a comprehensive introduction to the programming and scripting
languages currently used to create web sites and applications. In this
holistic approach, readers are guided through concepts relating to clientside and server-side programming, including JavaScript, Perl, Java
Servlets, Java Applets, Web Databases, and the Apache Web Server. This
book is ideal for students with knowledge of Java or C programming, or
programmers looking to expand their skills onto the World Wide Web.
Robert Sebesta is the author of the worlds leading book on comparative
programming languages, Concepts of Programming Languages. Hundre ds
of thousands of people have learned how to program from his books. He
has written Programming the World Wide Web to be not just a reference of
various methods for programming the WWW, but rather to focus in on the
core concepts that web programmers must understand.
My Personal Review:
If you are familiar with the authors book (in its many editions) on
programming languages, all I can say is that this is written in a similar style
- thorough and very academic. There are code examples demonstrating
what is being discussed, and there are summaries in each chapter as well
as exercises and review questions, but you might be left wondering what is
the big picture here?. It by no means has the programming manual style of
an OReilly book that often works through one big project - or several of
them - as a way of teaching you internet programming principles. The good
thing about this book is that the author has covered each subject very
thoroughly. The bad thing is that you will need to read the book in short
doses digesting each portion slowly as his style is quite academic and
each page is densely packed with information. Since the last edition the
author has added three chapters covering Ruby, Rails, and Ajax.
I would say this book is OK if you have a pretty good background in
programming in C and C++ and already know something abo ut web
programming since there is only one preliminary chapter and it is rather
vague. If you dont have such a background, let me recommend the various
Head First books by OReilly and Associates on the subject as well as their
other various books on web programming. You might wind up with more
books and spend more money than if you buy this one, but I think your
journey through the world of web programming will probably be more
enjoyable and more comprehensible. There is no table of contents listed
for this book in the product description, so I do that next:
Chapter 1 Fundamentals
1.1 A Brief Introduction to the Internet
1.2 The World Wide Web
1.3 Web Browsers
1.4 Web Servers
1.5 Uniform Resource Locators
1.6 Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
1.7 The Hypertext Transfer Protocol
1.8 Security
1.9 The Web Programmers Toolbox
1.10 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 2 Introduction to XHTML
2.1 Origins and Purposes of HTML and XHTML
2.2 Basic Syntax
2.3 Standard XHTML Document Structure
2.4 Basic Text Markup
2.5 Images
2.6 Hypertext Links
2.7 Lists
2.8 Tables
2.9 Forms
2.10 Frames
2.11 Syntactic Differences between HTML and XHTML
2.12 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 3 Cascading Style Sheets
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Levels of Style Sheets
3.3 Style Specification Formats
3.4 Selector Formats
3.5 Property Value Forms
3.6 Font Properties
3.7 List Properties
3.8 Color
3.9 Alignment of Text
3.10 The Box Model
3.11 Background Images
3.12 The span and div Tags
3.13 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 4 The Basics of JavaScript
4.1 Overview of JavaScript
4.2 Object Orientation and JavaScript
4.3 General Syntactic Characteristics
4.4 Primitives, Operations, and Expressions
4.5 Screen Output and Keyboard Input
4.6 Control Statements
4.7 Object Creation and Modification
4.8 Arrays
4.9 Functions
4.10 An Example
4.11 Constructors
4.12 Pattern Matching Using Regular Expressions
4.13 Another Example
4.14 Errors in Scripts
4.15 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 5 JavaScript and HTML Documents
5.1 The JavaScript Execution Environment
5.2 The Document Object Model
5.3 Element Access in JavaScript
5.4 Events and Event Handling
5.5 Handling Events from Body Elements
5.6 Handling Events from Button Elements
5.7 Handling Events from Text Boxes and Password Elements
5.8 The DOM 2 Event Model
5.9 The navigator Object
5.10 DOM Tree Traversal and Modification
5.11 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 6 Dynamic Documents with JavaScript
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Positioning Elements
6.3 Moving Elements
6.4 Element Visibility
6.5 Changing Colors and Fonts
6.6 Dynamic Content
6.7 Stacking Elements
6.8 Locating the Mouse Cursor
6.9 Reacting to a Mouse Click
6.10 Slow Movement of Elements
6.11 Dragging and Dropping Elements
6.12 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 7 Introduction to XML
7.1 Introduction
7.2 The Syntax of XML
7.3 XML Document Structure
7.4 Document Type Definitions
7.5 Namespaces
7.6 XML Schemas
7.7 Displaying Raw XML Documents
7.8 Displaying XML Documents with CSS
7.9 XSLT Style Sheets
7.10 XML Processors
7.11 Web Services
7.12 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 8 The Basics of Perl
8.1 Origins and Uses of Perl
8.2 Scalars and Their Operations
8.3 Assignment Statements and Simple Input and Output
8.4 Control Statements
8.5 Fundamentals of Arrays
8.6 Hashes
8.7 References
8.8 Functions
8.9 Pattern Matching
8.10 File Input and Output
8.11 An Example
8.12 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 9 Using Perl for CGI Programming
9.1 The Common Gateway Interface
9.2 CGI Linkage
9.3 Query String Format
9.4 The Module
9.5 A Survey Example
9.6 Cookies
9.7 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 10 Servlets and Java Server Pages
10.1 Overview of Servlets
10.2 Servlet Details
10.3 A Survey Example
10.4 Storing Information on Clients
10.5 Java Server Pages
10.6 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 11 Introduction to PHP
11.1 Origins and Uses of PHP
11.2 Overview of PHP
11.3 General Syntactic Characteristics
11.4 Primitives, Operations, and Expressions
11.5 Output
11.6 Control Statements
11.7 Arrays
11.8 Functions
11.9 Pattern Matching
11.10 Form Handling
11.11 Files
11.12 Cookies
11.13 Session Tracking
11.14 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 12 Introduction to ASPNET
12.1 Overview of the .NET Framework
12.2 Overview of C
12.3 Introduction to ASPNET
12.4 ASP.NET Controls
12.5 Web Services
12.6 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 13 Database Access through the Web
13.1 Relational Databases
13.2 An Introduction to the Structured Query Langua ge
13.3 Architectures for Database Access
13.4 The MySQL Database System
13.5 Database Access with Perl and MySQL
13.6 Database Access with PHP and MySQL
13.7 Database Access with JDBC and MySQL
13.8 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 14 Introduction to Ruby
14.1 Origins and Uses of Ruby
14.2 Scalar Types and Their Operations
14.3 Simple Input and Output
14.4 Control Statements
14.5 Fundamentals of Arrays
14.6 Hashes
14.7 Methods
14.8 Classes
14.9 Code Blocks and Iterators
14.10 Pattern Matching
14.11 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 15 Introduction to Rails
15.1 Overview of Rails
15.2 Document Requests
15.3 Processing Forms
15.4 Rails Applications and Databases
15.5 Layouts
15.6 Summary
Review Questions
Chapter 16 Introducti on to Ajax
16.1 Overview of Ajax
16.2 The Basics of Ajax
16.3 Rails with Ajax
16.4 Summary
Review Questions
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