The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks
Author: Rachel Andrew
Paperback: 400 pages
Published: August, 2007
I’ve never claimed to be a programmer but working in SEO means that I’m involved in creating or editing hundreds of pages over the course of a year. Understanding how CSS works, and being able to implement basic to more advanced CSS strategies, has become essential over the past few years. Until now I’ve only had a rudimentary knowledge of CSS. The CSS Anthology has helped me grow my knowledge significantly on the topic.
I’ll admit that I didn’t follow the coding examples line by line, but that’s the beauty of this book. You don’t have to be a CSS programmer to be able to follow it. The great benefit of this book to the non-programmer like me, is simply knowing what kind of styling tricks can be accomplished via CSS. It’s easy to search for CSS tricks once you know what can be done, but until you do, then searching can be a shot in the dark. That’s what makes CSS Anthology such a good reference.
At 400 pages, it’s actually a very quick read unless you study all the CSS code examples provided. If you’re like me, you burn right past them which leaves you with probably about 150 pages of actual reading. But it’s all very valuable material. I can say that I have a much firmer grasp on what can be done with CSS and as I look to implement some of these tricks on the sites I work on I’ll frequently be referring back to the book.
The Successful Investor: What 80 Million People Need to Know to Invest Profitably and Avoid Big Losses
Authors: William J. O’Neil
Published: September, 2003
After dabbling with the stock market for a couple of years and finding both moderate success and spectacular failure, O’Neil’s book “The Successful Investor” pretty much confirmed what I already knew. I was doing this all wrong. That’s the depressing part. But the good part is that O’Neil teaches you how to do stock investing right.
“The Successful Investor” outlines five steps that every stock investor needs to know. Complete with stock charts and visual illustrations, O’Neil provides a very easy to understand step-by-step instruction for wise investing. Of course as the cliche goes… it’s easier said than done.
While O’Neil teaches you how to read stock charts, he makes it look much easier than it is to the non-professional investor. I’m certain that with practice–and O’Neil makes this point in the book–one gets better and better at it. But even while going through the five steps, knowing how and where to get the information you need before you invest is extremely time consuming. I’m certain it would be much easier if we all knew what stocks to watch, but that’s up to each investor overall.
I definitely would recommend this book to anyone investing in the market. Even if you can’t immediacy put all of the steps to use you’ll learn a great deal about the market and you’ll have a much better idea of how and when to invest in what than most people do now.