Computer Book Reviews

The Internet Writing Journal, April 1998
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Teach Yourself CGI Programming in a Week by Rafe Colburn, Jan., 1998.
Trade Paperback, 387 pages.
ISBN: 1575213818
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by Rafe Colburn CGI Programming in a Week takes the reader from basic HTML coding into the world of CGI programs. With easy-to-follow instruction the book covers how HTML forms work, how to use data from forms, HTTP protocol, Server Side Includes, basic CGI programs, an introduction to CGI databases, security and alternatives to CGI. The book also includes appendixes with quick-reference information on MIME types, response codes and ASCII characters and a CGI/Perl quick reference section. The instruction in the book is enhanced with question and answers segments, quizzes and suggested exercises that complement each chapter. The book includes a companion website which provides scripts, examples and HTML files from the book.

A quick guide to CGI programming that covers all the basics and an excellent introduction to HTML forms and CGI programming for beginners.

UNIX Unleashed: Internet Edition by Robin K. Burk and David Horvath, Nov., 1997.
Trade Paperback, 1100 pages.
ISBN: 0672312050
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by Robin K. Burk and David Horvath This massive UNIX guide, over 1100 pages, is a treasure for UNIX website administrators. The book is packed with detailed information, about UNIX, including graphical user interfaces, text editing with vi and emacs, Awk, troff/nroff, using macros, and Unix security risks. The book also covers many internet subjects from a Unix perspective including CGI programming with Perl, C and C++, HTML and monitoring web activity. Also included are comprehensive FAQs on UNIX variants including AIX, BSD, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, Solaris, and SVR4. A CD-ROM is also included which contains many third party tools, product demos, source code and examples used in the book. A huge comprehensive reference tool that is a must-have for web developers and Unix administrators.

Using Microsoft Word and Excel in Office 97 by Ron Person

Que, Jan., 1998.
Trade Paperback, 1200 pages.
ISBN: 0789715554
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by Damon Dean This lengthy and detailed reference book on Word and Excel provides the user with detailed, yet easy to follow instruction, on how to use these popular programs. The Word portion of the book includes coverage of wizards, editing tools, printing, formatting, page numbering, mail merge, tables, numbered lists, inserting clip-art, footnotes, creating tables of contents and more. The Excel section covers formulas, functions, creating templates, creating charts, automatic subtotals, sorting data, filtering and editing. Also including are chapters on customizing Word and Excel and creating Word and Excel documents for the Web.

Even experts in these programs will be glad to have this book available as a reference. The book can save time when you need to quickly reference something or are looking to do something new in Word or Excel. The lengthy tome, over 1100 pages, also covers advanced topics such as macros and multiple spreadsheets. A handy guide for frequent users of Excel and Word.

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