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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Books I'm reading

Here's an idea: Post on your blog the books you are reading, and a recent sentence from each.
  • Vein of Gold. "The book you are about to embark on is a pilgrimage, a journey of healing."
  • JavaScript: The Definitive Guide. "For example, to slide an image into place from the left, you increment the image's style.left property repeatedly until it reaches the desired position."
  • The Italic Way to Beautiful Handwriting. "WARNING! DANGER! If you miss _any_ of the important points in THIS lesson, all future practice of Italic will be wasted! of no value!"
  • PHP Cookbook. "However, if the header's mustUnderstand attribute is flagged as true, then the SOAPServer will issue a SOAP fault with a fault code of SOAP-ENV:MustUnderstand and a fault string of Header not understood."
  • War and Peace (via email). "'And me? Would you like to kiss me?' she whispered almost inaudibly, glancing up at him from under her brows, smiling, and almost crying from excitement."
  • CSS Mastery. "Another useful filter is known as the commented backslash hack."
  • The Life of Samuel Johnson (via email). "Though Mrs. Porter was double the age of Johnson, and her person and manner, as described to me by the late Mr. Garrick, were by no means pleasing to others, she must have had a superiority of understanding and talents, as she certainly inspired him with a more than ordinary passion."
  • Agile Software Development. "Subtypes must be substitutable for their base types. Barbara Liskov first wrote this principle in 1988."
  • Mastering Regular Expressions. "That is, what does s/(?=s\b)(?<=\bJeff)/'/g do? Turn the page to check your answer."


  • CSS Mastery is one of the best books I've read on the topic of design and CSS.

    Not only is it a well written book, but its examples are well illustrated to communicate concepts that might confuse a CSS newbie, especially on the subject of collapsing margins.

    I remember it was your blog that pointed me in the direction of a Blogger Template fix in IE. Thanks again for that. It was a life saver!

    By Blogger Charles G, at 3/14/2007 2:53 PM  

  • Hi Charles - Yeah, CSS Mastery is a super book, isn't it? I don't know of any other advanced CSS books - though I'm sure they're out there - most CSS books are at the beginner or intermediate levels.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 3/14/2007 3:29 PM  

  • Nice idea! Going to do something similar on my blog. (Man, you read a lot. Awesome.)

    By Blogger Sean O'Hagan, at 3/14/2007 10:21 PM  

  • Hi Sean - I've had the luxury of indulging in a very large Amazon gift certificate received at Christmas. I need to find your blog and check it out!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 3/15/2007 10:05 PM  

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