Posted Monday, February 26, 2007 1:29:59 PM by Zoe Gillenwater
Alright, it's not my book in the sense that I'm not the author, but rather the technical editor, but still: the name Zoe Gillenwater is in print, sitting in a Barnes and Noble, and that's pretty cool. The book is Mastering Integrated HTML and CSS by Virginia DeBolt. It's aimed at people without experience in either HTML or CSS, and I really like the approach Virginia and the publisher took of teaching both languages at once. I'm one of those people who learned HTML and CSS completely separately, and I had to suffer through unlearning a lot of HTML when I made the switch to CSS-based layouts. This book avoids that problem by teaching you CSS-based layouts from the get go, building upon a solid foundation of semantic XHTML.
If you do end up learning HTML and CSS through this book, I'll be very interested in learning how you liked the integrated teaching approach for the two languages. Contact me or Virginia and let us know!
Posted Tuesday, February 06, 2007 10:04:28 PM by Jim Babbage
I'm an avid reader (of certain genres like horror, sci-fi and some fantasy) and over the past while, I've also become an avid listener. With my loyal iPod sidekick, I've been busy discovering the world of audiobooks.
But not just any audiobooks - I'm talking free audio books. I even have a favorite site: podiobooks.com.I found podiobooks through iTunes and let me tell you, they've got a ton of books available for download, right from iTunes, in serialized format. The books are orated, chapter by chapter, usually by the author. Sometimes authors are better writers than speakers of their work, but hey, it doesn't cost me anything so I'm not complaining.
If I have a long drive ahead of me (which I'm known to do), it's great to switch from my music to a strange new world, immersed in someone else's words and ideas.
If you get a chance, check out podiobooks. I'll even make a couple recommendations:
Others that I can only find on iTunes:
- Undiscovered Country
- Come, Let Me Whisper
The books I've listed are Sci-fi and horror, but Podiobooks (and iTunes) have many other genres to pick from.
So next time you're looking for a break from the beat, and don't want the radio, check out an audio book. Who knows, you might just discover a new hobby!