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Appendix E. Resources

This appendix contains lists of books and online resources that cover many of the topics discussed in this book. The appendix is divided into four sections:

Client-tier resources
HTML, XML, XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript resources.

Middle-tier resources
Web server, web technology, and PHP resources. In particular, we include pointers to third-party PHP development tools, an introduction to the PHP libraries, and open source projects.

Database-tier resources
Database theory, SQL, and DBMS-specific resources.

Security and cryptography resources
Software installation resources are listed at the end of Appendix A.

E.1. Client Tier Resources

More information on HTML, the related topic of CSS, JavaScript, and directions in the standards that web browsers support can be found in the following resources:

  • The W3C web site http://www.w3.org has links to many of the web standards, including HTML 4 (http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/), Cascading Style Sheets, XML, and XHTML. The HTML validator—which was used to validate all examples in this book—can be found at http://validator.w3.org.

  • The HTML Writer's Guild (HWG) is an organization that provides many useful resources to web developers, including links to lists of browser features and HTML validators. Trial membership is free for the first year. The HWG web site is http://www.hwg.org.

  • HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, C. Musciano and B. Kennedy (O'Reilly). This book is a comprehensive guide to writing HTML web pages, and covers HTML 4 features including Cascading Style Sheets.

  • Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, E. A. Meyer (O'Reilly). Besides presenting the CSS material with many examples and case studies, this book provides a CSS support chart that shows which browsers support which features.

  • JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, D. Flanagan (O'Reilly). Provides an in-depth reference to JavaScript with selected code examples; this book is ideal for the intermediate audience who can program and understand the requirements of JavaScript for a web database application.

  • The original cookie specification was developed by Netscape and can be found at http://www.netscape.com/newsref/std/cookie_spec.html.

  • XHTML 1.0 Recommendations can be found from the W3C site at http://www.w3.org/TR/2000/REC-xhtml1-20000126/.

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