Online Website Resources
Developing applications and web pages can be a difficult task and there are times in which you might run into road blocks. Maybe you keep getting an unexpected error code or you need a solution for a problem you can't seem to solve. One of the sites you can turn to is Stack Overflow. This website is like a wiki ran by web and application developers troubleshooting issues and providing solutions. To begin troubleshooting issues, simply type them into the search in the upper right. Also, typing them into Google will also often bring an associated Stack Overflow page.
HTML/CSS Books and eBooks
All website pages start with the same building blocks html and css. HTML is the display language of the web. Its most recent itteration is html5, which incorporated many new elements for modern web users. CSS is the styling language of the web and it works in conjunction with html to add color, style, and form to your web pages. Here are a number of books that help to provide a foundational understanding of these foundational languages.
9781449302399Matthew MacDonaldHTML5HTML5 is more than a markup language--it's a dozen independent web standards all rolled into one. Until now, all it's been missing is a manual. With this thorough, jargon-free guide, you'll learn how to build web apps that include video tools, dynamic drawings, geolocation, offline web apps, drag-and-drop, and many other features. HTML5 is the future of the Web, and with this book you'll reach it quickly. The important stuff you need to know: Structure web pages in a new way. Learn how HTML5 helps make web design tools and search engines work smarter. Add audio and video without plugins. Build playback pages that work in every browser. Draw with Canvas. Create shapes, pictures, text, and animation--and make them interactive. Go a long way with style. Use CSS3 and HTML5 to jazz up your pages and adapt them for mobile devices. Build web apps with rich desktop features. Let users work with your app offline, and process user-selected files in the browser. Create location-aware apps. Write geolocation applications directly in the browser. - Description from Syndetics
Server Side Scripting and SQL
9780134077703Michael HartlRuby on Rails Tutorial: Learn Web Development with Rails" Ruby on Rails(tm) Tutorial by Michael Hartl has become a must-read for developers learning how to build Rails apps." --Peter Cooper, Editor of Ruby Inside Used by sites as diverse as Twitter, GitHub, Disney, and the Yellow Pages, Ruby on Rails is one of the most popular frameworks for developing web applications, but it can be challenging to learn and use. Whether you're new to web development or new only to Rails, Ruby on Rails(tm) Tutorial, Third Edition, is the solution. Best-selling author and leading Rails developer Michael Hartl teaches Rails by guiding you through the development of three example applications of increasing sophistication, focusing on the fundamental techniques in web development needed for virtually any kind of application. The updates to this edition include simplified installation via a standard development environment in the cloud, use of the default Rails stack throughout, a light-weight testing approach, an all-new section on image upload, and an all-new chapter on account activation and password resets, including sending email with Rails. This indispensable guide provides integrated tutorials not only for Rails, but also for the essential Ruby, HTML, CSS, and SQL skills you'll need when developing web applications. Hartl explains how each new technique solves a real-world problem, and then he demonstrates it with bite-sized code that's simple enough to understand, yet novel enough to be useful. Whatever your previous web development experience, this book will guide you to true Rails mastery. This book will help you Install and set up your Rails development environment, including a pre-installed integrated development environment (IDE) in the cloud Go beyond generated code to truly understand how to build Rails applications from scratch Learn testing and test-driven development (TDD) Effectively use the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern Structure applications using the REST architecture Build static pages and transform them into dynamic ones Master the Ruby programming skills all Rails developers need Create high-quality site layouts and data models Implement registration and authentication systems, including validation and secure passwords Update, display, and delete users Upload images in production using a cloud storage service Implement account activation and password reset, including sending email with Rails Add social features and microblogging, including an introduction to Ajax Record version changes with Git and create a secure remote repository at Bitbucket Deploy your applications early and often with Heroku - Description from Syndetics
9780132356138Jeffrey Forcier; Paul Bissex; Wesley J. Chun; Jeff Forcier; Wesley ChunPython Web Development with DjangoUsing the simple, robust, Python-based Django framework, you can build powerful Web solutions with remarkably few lines of code. In Python Web Development with Django#65533; , three experienced Django and Python developers cover all the techniques, tools, and concepts you need to make the most of Django 1.0, including all the major features of the new release. The authors teach Django through in-depth explanations, plus provide extensive sample code supported with images and line-by-line explanations. You'll discover how Django leverages Python's development speed and flexibility to help you solve a wide spectrum of Web development problems and learn Django best practices covered nowhere else. You'll build your first Django application in just minutes and deepen your real-world skills through start-to-finish application projects including Simple Web log (blog) Online photo gallery Simple content management system Ajax-powered live blogger Online source code sharing/syntax highlighting tool How to run your Django applications on the Google App Engine This complete guide starts by introducing Python, Django, and Web development concepts, then dives into the Django framework, providing a deep understanding of its major components (models, views, templates), and how they come together to form complete Web applications. After a discussion of four independent working Django applications, coverage turns to advanced topics, such as caching, extending the template system, syndication, admin customization, and testing. Valuable reference appendices cover using the command-line, installing and configuring Django, development tools, exploring existing Django applications, the Google App Engine, and how to get more involved with the Django community. Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started Chapter 1: Practical Python for Django 7 Chapter 2: Django for the Impatient: Building a Blog 57 Chapter 3: Starting Out 77 Part II: Django in Depth Chapter 4: Defining and Using Models 89 Chapter 5: URLs, HTTP Mechanisms, and Views 117 Chapter 6: Templates and Form Processing 135 Part III: Django Applications by Example Chapter 7: Photo Gallery 159 Chapter 8: Content Management System 181 Chapter 9: Liveblog 205 Chapter 10: Pastebin 221 Part IV: Advanced Django Techniques and Features Chapter 11: Advanced Django Programming 235 Chapter 12: Advanced Django Deployment 261 Part V: Appendices Appendix A: Command Line Basics 285 Appendix B: Installing and Running Django 295 Appendix C: Tools for Practical Django Development 313 Appendix D: Finding, Evaluating, and Using Django Applications 321 Appendix E: Django on the Google App Engine 325 Appendix F: Getting Involved in the Django Project 337 Index 339 Colophon 375 - Description from Syndetics
Content Management Systems
All of this web program and development can get pretty complicated. With this in mind, Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Drupal and Wordpress have come along to help streamline many areas of web development. This being said, these CMS applications have to be learned to be successfully implemented. Here are some books to help you on the way.
Advanced Web Development Items
It is important to note that new technologies and applications are being developed all the time that can transcend some of the limitations of old systems. One such development is AJAX which allows web developers to asynchronously update web pages. However, there are others still, some of which are explored in the books below.