Webmaster in a Nutshell
by Stephen Spainhour and Valerie Quercia

O'Reilly and Associates, Sebastopol, CA, 1996.
ISBN 1-56592-229-8
$28.95 Canadian, $19.95 American

As a working webmaster maintaining two very different webs, I find this book a valuable resource. It calls itself "A Desktop Quick Reference," and covers HTML tags, CGI scripts, JavaScript, and server configuration files. It is not intended to replace in-depth books on any of these topics, but to pull all your reference material together in one place and to remind you of things you have forgotten.

I find the book also provides good and clear definitions of its topics. Initially I read it from cover to cover, and came out with a clearer understanding of the web as a whole. It provides an excellent overview for anyone who has studied some of the parts, such as HTML pages and CGI scripts, and wants to understand how they relate.

The back cover says "This is a book that anyone who does serious work on the Web will find indispensible." I wholeheartedly agree.


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