This book is for web developers, or anyone who works at the content end of the World Wide Web. Do you author or maintain web documents? Are you a programmer developing web-based client or server applications? Are you the administrator of a web site, responsible for maintaining and updating server software?
By no means is this book a replacement for more detailed books on the Web. But when those books have been digested and placed on your bookshelves with pride, this one will remain on your desktop.
In the years immediately after the first edition of this book was published in 1996, we watched the Web explode, with new technologies every month scrambling to make last month's technology obsolete. Then we watched the Web settle down, as standards caught up with features, and fiscal realities caught up with IPOs. The land grab was over as quickly as it began, and miraculously, the code you wrote last night still works after downloading the latest browser this morning. The Web has reached maturity.
As a result of the Web's maturation, this edition of Webmaster in a Nutshell is fairly stable. There haven't been new chapters introduced or old ones removed; what was relevant when we did the second edition in 1999 is still relevant today. The technology has improved and the feature set has expanded, but the paradigms remain the same.
This book is separated into eight distinct subject areas.
0.1.1. Part I: HTML
0.1.2. Part II: CSS
0.1.3. Part III: XML
0.1.5. Part V: CGI and Perl
0.1.6. Part VI: PHP
0.1.7. Part VII: HTTP
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