Gregg's Book Recommendations
This list is primarily for my students and for the Aging Hacker Blog. There is a predominant O'Reilly bias in these texts. I really think they have done a marvelous job of providing high quality texts.
My occassional complaint is that they still permit the authors to get pedantic at times.
We still provide our computer science students with too many theory courses!
My recommendation for buying O'Reilly books is to first become a member and then buy the electronic editions.
As a member, if you buy 2 or more books in electronic format, you get them for half price, most are under $20 and some are under $10.
Head First HTML5 Programming
by Freeman and Robson, O'Reilly Media, 2011.
If you haven't experienced a "Head First" book this may be a bit annoying, but if you
go with it, this book gets you up to speed very fast on
this is the best firt book on both.
A must have.
by David Flanagan, O'Reilly Media, 2011.
by Douglas Crockford, O'Reilly Media, 2008.
understand the pitfalls that he discusses.
In general the "Good Parts" books from O'Reilly are mindblowing, except, unfortunately, for the Java book.
Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
by Matthew MacDonald, O'Reilly Media, 2011.
A great intro book on html, web site design, CSS, ... . Highly recommended.