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Old News! for 1997 Click on the images to activate the guest applets.

26 January 1996

Well, I've finally done it. As the book list passes 200 titles I've broken it up into eight subject areas and made the book resources more accessible. There is still a complete list but in a plain-text format. The book list choices are listed in the frame above-right. Your feedback has been invaluable in getting this thing together so keep in touch. Let me know what you think of the new layout.

The lists are now in reverse chronological order--new titles are added to the top of the list. This should make it easier to tell exactly what is new.

4 February 1996

I've added 18 new titles since the last upload a week ago. There were 6 new books from the Coriolis Spring '96 Catalog plus 4 from IDG, 2 from Osborne, and a smattering of others. Most of the new additions went to Miscellaneous, Java, and HTML. The Plug-ins category makes a modest debut with 4 titles but I expect this will take off real soon. Look here for books on Acrobat, Shockwave, WebFX, etc. Let me know if you would like to see the books arranged by Publisher as well as by Subject.

11 February 1996

I've added 37 new titles since the last upload a week ago. They came from all over and went into most of the categories with the most gains in Miscellaneous, Java, and Server/Webmaster. Plug-ins had the greatest percentage change, more than doubling in number. Books can also now be displayed by Publisher as well as by Subject.

The Applet is a variation of Arthur van Hoff's Blinking Text applet (available from various Web sites as well as his book Hooked on Java. It was compiled with Symantec Café for Java, an integrated development environment built onto Symantec C++ 7.21. (Click to freeze/click to resume.)

18 February 1996

There are 30 new titles since the last upload a week ago. About a third of the entires are in the Editors section because I've added PageMaker books to the list since PageMaker 6 has an HTML Author Plug-in. I also removed a Netscape 2 title from the HTML section since it didn't cover HTML programming of Frames and Targets. These are things you should definitely look for in a book on Netscape 2. I removed the scroller in the Status Bar because I found it to be distracting and modified the applet so you can pause it with a click. Peachpit Press makes its debut here this week. They've got a nice Web site so drop in for a visit.

I've been reading Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days and am pleased to say that Laura Lemay and Charles Perkins have written the first book to seriously teach Java programming. My only complaint (so far--through Ch. 6 of 21) is that there aren't enough programming examples and exercises to reinforce the ideas as they are introduced.

25 February 1996

Stephen Pietrowicz and I are collaborating to make sure you have the lastest info on Java books. Stephen's Java Books has additional information on the books not found here and should be visited regularly. There will always be a link to Stephen's page on my Resources page.

This has been a terribly slow week. I've never seen anything like it. There were only four new additions, all on Java and I had to stretch my imagination (if not my high standards) because two of them are in Japanese.

The Applet isn't an applet at all. Rather, it's an animated gif contributed by Michael Partington, an artist, illustrator, and designer who loves inventing new HTML tricks. Be sure to visit Michael's Art Gallery and URL Gallery. Michael's Web sites are full of interesting graphics and art and he is a master of HTML graphics tricks. To learn more about this animation see Michael's write-up. If you want to learn more about animated gif files visit Royal Frazier's GIF Animation on the WWW page.

I'm still working through Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days by Laura Lemay and Charles Perkins and have reached Day 15. I cannot say loud enough how helpful the Symantec Café IDE (an integrated development environment built onto Symantec C++ 7.21) has been in going through the examples and testing things. I find that it greatly speeds up the edit/compile iteration usually involved in program development.

3 March 1996

Good News! WWWiz Magazine was listed by Point in the Top 5% of All Web Sites. The book list was mentioned specifically in the citation.

Another slow week. There were a few additions and some updates on existing books. Did you know that I generate all the book lists automatically from a computer program, including automatically sizing the statistics tables with the number of books. This means I only have to maintain a single ASCII file with the book information.

Special Update: 7 new Java titles added mid-week!

The Applet isn't an applet at all. Rather, it's an animated gif contributed by Michael Partington, an artist, illustrator, and designer who loves inventing new HTML tricks. Be sure to visit Michael's Art Gallery and URL Gallery. Michael's Web sites are full of interesting graphics and art and he is a master of HTML graphics tricks. To learn more about this animation see Michael's write-up. If you want to learn more about animated gif files visit Royal Frazier's GIF Animation on the WWW page.

I have finished Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days by Laura Lemay and Charles Perkins. It took about three weeks (duh). The last seven chapters were the most difficult of all. While they are very well written I was disappointed with the total lack of examples and exercises. All of the points were punctuated with only snippets of code. All in all though, I recommend the book for experienced programmers.

Don't forget to visit Stephen Pietrowicz's Java Books also. There is also a link to Stephen's page on my Resources page.

10 March 1996

Netscape Press (a new imprint of Ventana Press) made a debut on the Web recently. They've got a nice Web site; so drop in for a visit and get a peek at the forthcoming titles and some online books. Nine of this week's 21 new titles came from there and nine were new Java titles from various publishers.

In brief: I highly recommend Liz Castro's HTML for the World Wide Web: Visual Quick Start Guide from Peachpit Press both as a first HTML book and as a reference text. It's brief and to the point and practically every single paragraph contains useful information. The book is full of browser illustrations which emphasize what is being done. And it's only $18. Once you've mastered that you'll want to follow it up with Ian Graham's HTML Sourcebook 2nd Ed. from Wiley. This book goes beyond HTML 2 and has lot's of detail on HTML 3, Netscape Frames, etc. This book is $30. Darrel Sano's Designing Large-Scale Web Sites: A Visual Design Methodology, also from Wiley, goes a step further with excellent advice on designing web page layouts with tables and frames--that is, beyond merely programming and onto what it's going to look like. It's $35.

The Applet is from the Japanese book site Java Nyumon and was contributed by NISHIMURA Toshihiro. The translations are on the right. (Notice that the applet is placed on top of a graphic image in a table using the table overlay trick described on the Stats page.)

17 March 1996

I've improved the frame-free version and I recommend it highly for 640x480 screens or if frames bother you. I would appreciate your feedback on which version you prefer. If the frame-free version is more popular perhaps it should be the default page. Write!

Ther are 12 new titles this week. They are distributed among may categories with no exceptional entries. Sams.net has announced an all-in-one Web publishing kit with HTML, Java, VRML, and more. Check out the Professional Web Development Kit for a brief description.

In brief: I read Ed Anuff's Java Sourcebook (Wiley, $30). Although I thought it was well written, I was disappointed in the almost complete lack of examples and exercises and hence cannot recommend it for anyone interested in learning to program in Java.

Laura Lemay auf deutsch? If you don't believe me check out the German publisher Markt & Technik Buchverlag for these titles: Web Publishing mit HTML and Noch mehr WEB Publishing mit HTML.

24 March 1996

There are 19 new titles, 10 of which are on Java and the rest of which are pretty evenly distributed among the other categories. Even a few short weeks ago I would not have predicted that Java/JavaScript titles would ever exceed HTML titles, but now I think it's imminent.

The applet is called "Bill's Clock (the applet formerly known as J***X)" and was developed by Bill Giel. Drop into his Web site at Rocco V. D'Andrea, Inc. to get the source code for the latest version of the clock and see some of the other goodies he's developed in Java.

31 March 1996

There are 8 new titles, all of which are on Java, including 4 titles from German publishers. Also note that some of the popular Java titles are available in German also (e.g., books by December, van Hoff, and Lemay).

7 April 1996

There are only 2 new titles plus some new book links this week. We also have a new guest applet. You can read my review of Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days along with other product and book reviews in WWWiz Magazine Issue #6. Also check back issues for other reviews ( #1, #2, #3, #4, #5.)

The applet is called 3-D Logo and was developed by Thomas Dunne (az4@ix.urz.uni-heidelberg.de) for dpunkt publishers in Germany. The colors are random but the background is always coordinated with the logo (click on Applet to reload with a different color). Also, the motion can be controlled with the mouse. I'm particularly impressed by the subtle differences in the shading as you slowly rotate the cube. Visit Thomas's Web site to see more examples of his work.

14 April 1996

There are 13 new titles this week with 5 on Java and the rest distributed over most of the other subjects in ones and twos.

John Pew's Instant Java (Prentice Hall, $30/CD-ROM) has a large collection of Java applets (over 60) that you can customize for your Web site with little effort. Check it out. If you're looking for a VRML browser look at Mark Pesce's VRML Flying Through the Web (New Riders $35/CD-ROM). It comes with a variety of VRML browsers and instructions along with over 100 VRML files and links to the best VRML sites. This book is not about learning VRML.

21 April 1996

Big news! The book list turns 400. That's double the number of titles since the end of January. Also, the number of Java titles now exceeds HTML titles (even though I cheated by including foreign language titles). Thanks to Stephen Pietrowicz who found the two Chinese books.

Now, if you need a (colorful) break from Java take a look at two new titles on Web graphics: Laurie McCanna's Creating Great Web Graphics (MIS Press/M&T Books, $28) and Lynda Weinman's Designing Web Graphics (New Riders, $50/CD-ROM). Both are slightly larger format books with full color graphics throughout. If you are really interested in graphics, you've got to see the Tip of the Month which Michael Partington contributed to my most recent column in WWWiz. Michael tells how to create drop shadows on backgrounds.

If you are thinking about setting up a Web server and would like to see a comparative analysis of your options as well as an overview of Web servers you must get Web Servers: When You Decide to Buy: Analysing and Selecting (Mier Communications, $195). The material is very current (as of late March 1996) and has detailed analyses of 33 servers from 25 vendors.

The "applet" is a virtual reality model from Bernie Roehl, co-author of Special Edition Using VRML (Que, $50/CD-ROM). Bernie has been active in Virtual Reality for several years and is the author of two books on the subject: Virtual Reality Creations and Playing God: Creating Virtual Reality Worlds both from Waite. Visit Bernie's Web page to learn more about his diverse activities. In the meantime, play with the VRML scene by using your mouse or arrow keys (a few up arrow clicks will put you inside the book).

28 April 1996

There are 24 new titles this week, 7 each for Java and Miscellaneous, 3 each for HTML and Plug-ins, and a few others. There are also a new bunch of Java book resources (some including reviews) in the Subjects/Resources section.

WWWiz Magazine will be starting a new column entitled "JavaScript for Everyone" by Mona Everett. The first installment should be posted by next week. I'll keep you posted.

Attention Authors: We are always seeking guest "applets" (i.e., Java applets, animated GIFs, VRML scenes, Shockwave movies, etc.). This is a good place to strut your stuff! Write to Cye at cye@cts.com.

5 May 1996

There are 17 new titles this week, primarily in the server, miscellaneous, and plug-ins categories. The surge in server-related titles is due to the new interest in Intranets. There are now over 100 titles on the Java list.

Asha Dornfest's Do-It-Yourself Web Publishing with Word (Sybex, $25/CD-ROM) is filled with step-by-step instructions and is punctuated with zillions of screen capture images. It covers the basics plus tables, forms, and Internet Explorer extensions (marquees, video clips, etc.). The CD-ROM includes Microsoft's Interent Assistant.

The "applet" is a JavaScript I adapted from one appearing in Tim Ritchey's Programming JavaScript for Netscape 2.0 (New Riders, $35/CD-ROM). It's very functional and offers an interesting alternative to the way I have been doing things (which is still there). Unfortunatley, the book was disappointing. For one thing, fully half of the book is on Java, not Javascript. For another, the script used here is the only one on the CD-ROM! The rest of it is the JDK 1.0. This applet only works on framed pages. Anyhow, click away!

12 May 1996

There are 14 new titles this week, primarily in the Java and miscellaneous categories. There are now over 450 total titles. I've added the ISBN numbers for most of the titles, but they only appear in the All Books listing (not the individual subject headings). Look for a great new applet next week.

There are so many new Web technologies to learn that it's hard to know where to put your efforts. It's unlikely that you will master Java, VRML, Shockwave, Acrobat, etc., etc., etc. Richard Karpinski's Beyond HTML (Osborne, $28) may help you sort out which is best for you. It gives an overview and examples of each of these tools and more.

Danny Goodman's JavaScript Handbook (IDG Books, $35/CD-ROM) blew in here like a breath of fresh air. First, the book is strictly JavaScript (no Java!) and the CD-ROM is verily overflowing with examples and scripts in complete HTML files for instant gratification. The book seems intelligently written and veteran writer Goodman brings a maturity and reality to the examlpes in the book. And it comes complete with coffee cup ring-stains on the front and back covers.

Speaking of IDG, they have launched a new Online Java Resource Center. There are lots of applets from their publications as well as book information and news articles. Drop in for a visit.

Finally, a new peeve (soon to be a pet). It bothers me when a book on writing applets has a CD-ROM with *.java and *.class files but no *.html files. Ergo, you can't view them with your browser directly from the CD-ROM. This means you'll have to move all the class files to your hard disk and type in a few tens or hundreds of short HTML files just to view the applets that you bought the book for. It's just too much trouble.

19 May 1996

There are 27 new titles this week, 20 of them on Java. We also have the first appearance of French language Java books. This means we now have Java books in 5 foreign languages. Thanks to Christian Liu for four new Chinese Java titles. International Visitors! Let me know of any additional titles (with URLs if available).

The Professional Web Development Kit from Sams.net ($100/book+2 CD-ROMs) contains just about everything you need to create a Web site. Specifically, it includes one book plus electronic versions of two others, lite versions of Café, HoTMetaL, Panorama SGML, Virtus VRML, and BestWeb Database, plus CGI & Perl tools, Web utilities, and Web page graphics. It's really too much to tell about here so visit their Web site.

The applet was written by Suleiman "Sam" Lalani, co-author with Kris Jamsa of Java Programmer's Library (Jamsa Press, $50/CD-ROM). This book is full of interesting applets, the likes of which I haven't seen before. Moreover, the authors give valuable suggestions on how to modify and extend them. This "eraser" applet allows you to erase the image shown to reveal another hidden below it. I provided the images of me from my home pages. It may take a short while for the images to load, but once you see the image go ahead and drag the eraser around with your mouse. After you've had your way with me, you can start over by clicking your browser's reload button or clicking on Applet in the top frame. (Reloads are very quick.) Try "erasing" my eyes, ears, and forehead for an interesting effect. Finally, you should take a detour to see the fractal image (98K) and the original protrait (24K).

26 May 1996

There are forty new books this week, bringing our total to 526 books on authoring for the Web. Half of the new books are on Java, which includes several new foreign language titles (some in Chinese, French, and German). There are now 145 Java books. Use the feedback form (below) to let me know what you would like to see in these pages.

Laura Lemay is apparently putting together a series of Web Workshop... books on a variety of subjects for Sams.net. So far there are 6 titles announced (see entries 506-511 under Subjects/All. She also has an updated version of Teach Yourself Java 1.1 in 21 Days coming out with co-author Charles Perkins.

2 Jun 1996

There are twenty new books this week. About half the books are in the HTML section, owing in large part to my expansion of the foreign language titles. There are also six new Java titles, bringing the total to over 150.

With all the fuss over Java these days (I'm guilty too) we might lose sight of the fact that Web pages are still written in HTML. Java is just the icing on the cake. Therefore, I'm pleased to present this week's featured book, HTML 3 How-To by David Kerven et al. (Waite Group Press, $40/CD-ROM). I was impressed by its very thorough coverage of HTML 3.0 and its extensive list of HTML tags (many of which I've never seen before). It also covers Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Interent Explorer extensions, and it's the only book I've seen so far that covers client-side image maps (image maps for the rest of us).

The applet was written by John Pew, author of Instant Java (Prentice Hall, $30/CD-ROM). Instant Java is written primarily for people who would like to include Java applets on their Web pages but do not have the programming skills or inclination to write Java code and/or the artistic skills to create the images for an animation sequence. In other words, it's full of useful applets that can be readily adapted to your Web site.

9 Jun 1996

There are 30 new books this week. The largest increase (10 books) was in the Java section (what a surprise). This week we see the first few books on ActiveX (from Wiley) and more on FrontPage from various publishers. For now, these are in the Miscellaneous section, until I learn a little more about them.

O'Reilly & Associates has released two reference books that belong on the bookshelf of anyone seriously into personal computers or the Web. Mitchel Shnier's Dictionary of PC Hardware and Data Communications Terms ($20) has over 900 terms of interest to personal computer and network users including a multitude of obscure acronyms. The Encyclopedia of Graphics File Formats, 2nd Edition ($80/CD-ROM) by James Murray and William vanRyper covers every imaginable graphics file format (and some unimaginable ones also). The CD-ROM contains the full text of the book, plus software tools for viewing, manipulating, and converting images, descriptions and sample images for over 100 formats, color depth and compression comparisons, and links to online resources. Both books are supported with Web sites to keep the information current.

Congratulations if you've read down this far. I invite you to submit ideas about defining/redefining the Subject areas covered. Are there new Subject areas opening up (such as ActiveX)? Should we pull JavaScript out of Java and start a new Script subject area (what with VB Script and all)? Should we separate the foreign language titles into their own Subject areas? By subject, language, continent, what? Do you want a separate Intranet section? I'm still at cye@cts.com.

16 Jun 1996

There are 28 new books this week. The largest increase (12 books) was in the Miscellaneous section. There are now over 600 books on authoring for the Web. Bear in mind there were 3 books on HTML when I started this list about a year ago. I'm still seeking feedback on defining/redefining the Subject areas covered. Write to me at cye@cts.com or use the feedback form below. Also, note that these pages are updated weekly, so come back often to see what's new in your favorite subjects.

Authors and developers! Your work can be featured here if you submit a guest applet (Java applet, animated GIF, VRML, or Shockwave).

23 Jun 1996

We're starting a new feature this week. You can view the new additions for the week in addition to the Subject and Publisher lists. Soon the new books will be added to the Subject list. Thanks to Vittorio Scarano of Italy for this suggestion. A reminder: the Subject/Resources list has links to all the publishers plus many technical bookstores (including foreign) and other book resources.

There are 55 new books this week with 20 on Java, 14 in Miscellaneous (including many on ActiveX), and 7 on Servers (mostly on Intranets). We'll soon be breaking out the Scripts and Intranet titles and maybe JDE (Java Development Environments --Café, Latté, & Java Workshop) and ActiveX as well.

This week's featured book is Web Page Design: A Different Multimedia by Mary Morris and Randy Hinrichs. The book discusses many aspects of Web design and (to its credit) doesn't get bogged down with HTML coding. Among the subjects discussed are content, cognitive, and navigational design, layout, and thinking ahead (planning for Web site growth and new technologies). There is also an chapter on adding meta-information, i.e., information about the site content for robot search agents and the like. Finally, there are case studies of three sites that are considered to be well-designed.

30 Jun 1996

There are 34 new books this week with 13 on Java, 10 in Miscellaneous and a smattering of others. I've also cleaned out some of the flaky titles that never had ISBN numbers and seem to have become vapor-paper.

This week's featured book is Hybrid HTML Design by Kevin Ready & Janine Warner (New Riders, $35/CD-ROM). The premise of the book is to teach how to optimize your Web pages for Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer while making them acceptable for HTML-challenged browsers. The book has all the Navigator 3 and Explorer 3 extensions as well as the attributes for plug-ins. (I finally learned how to accomodate browsers that don't recognize plug-ins.) In addition to a complete discussion of HTML 2 & 3 and browser-specific extensions, there is an extensive list of helper applications and plug-ins and how to get them. The thorough list of HTML tags and online resources in the Appendices makes this a book that is certain to be referred to frequently.

The applet is an animated GIF contributed by Kevin Ready, co-author of Hybrid HTML Design (see above).

7 Jul 1996

Attention Visitors: I am not pleased with the URL-Minder which sends notification when this site is updated. Please be assured that the informations herein is always current and is updated weekly, usually on Sunday mornings. I'm planning to add new Subjects (get a peek in the frame-free version). I just can't figure out how to squeeze them into that small upper-right frame. Your suggestions are always welcome.

There are 24 new books this week, of which there are 20 foreign and 16 Java titles. I've continued to clean up the list and removed duplicate ISBN numbers.

14 Jul 1996

There's some big news this week. I've added 7 new Subject categories. First, since the total Java titles now exceeds 200, I separated out the JavaScript titles and put them with Visual Basic Script titles in a new Scripts category. There is also a new category for books about Java Integrated Development Environments called Java IDEs. I also collected all the foreign language titles into two new subject categories, European and Asian books. There are also new categories for Intranets, ActiveX, and FrontPage. We're also working on a WWWiz Online Bookstore which we hope to have up next week. There you will find our recommended books and many others at a 10% disocunt in a secure ordering environment.

There are 24 new books this week, with 9 new Java titles (in German and Chinese). There are now a total of 717 books with 219 Java titles in 7 languages (including English).

This week's featured book is Café Programming FrontRunner by David Friedel et al. (Coriolis Group, $30). This is the first book available on Café and I recommend it as a companion to Café because the program doesn't come with any printed documentation. The book covers all aspects of Café such as using the wizards for rapid application development and also covers the debugger and Café Studio, the visual resource (menus, buttons, etc.) editor. Café Programming FrontRunner can also serve as a Java tutorial if you are new to the language.

This weel I've selected another applet from Suleiman "Sam" Lalani, co-author with Kris Jamsa of Java Programmer's Library (Jamsa Press, $50/CD-ROM). This book has many interesting applets, with suggestions on how to modify and extend them. The "magnify" applet shown this week gives the impression of moving a magnifying glass over the image. In all fairness, at this teeny size you can't see its full impact, but I think it's an impressive piece of work. Finally, you should take a detour to see the fractal image (98K) and the original protrait (24K).

21 Jul 1996

The WWWiz Bookstore is online! There are many books selected from these book lists but there is also a search engine to help you find anything. All books are sold at 10% discount in a secure ordering environment. Shipping is $3.85 domestic and $7.00 per pound foreign for any number of books. Come in for a visit.

There are 58 new books this week, with 26 new Java titles. There are now a total of 775 books with 245 Java titles in 7 languages (including English).

This week's featured book is HTML 3: Electronic Publishing on the World Wide Web by Dave Raggett, Jenny Lam, and Ian Alexander. This book begins with an overview of the Web and HTML and then goes into designing and debugging a Web site. This is followed by a detailed description of the current and proposed HTML tags (thru HTML 3.2) including Netscape and Microsoft extensions. There are complete chapters on style sheets and mathematics as well. The Appendices contain the usual reference material plus an interesting collection of annotated examples of tags. This book is recommended for anyone who needs to stay on the cutting edge or is just plain interested in HTML and its future.

28 Jul 1996

There are 26 new books this week, with 8 new Java titles (5 of which are in Chinese plus our first Java book in Dutch). There are now more than 800 books with 253 Java titles in 8 languages (including English). My curve fits suggest that at this rate we'll hit 1000 books in 3-5 weeks.

This week's featured book is HTML Publishing for Netscape, Windows Edition by Stuart Harris and Gayle Kidder (Netscape Press, $40/CD-ROM). This is a good book for an aspiring Web author to sit down with and go through from cover to cover. It also discusses the future of HTML and the markup tags proposed for HTML 3. Besides a solid foundation in the basics, the book goes into design and multimedia. More advanced Web authors intersted in expanding their Web sites with Graphics and Multimedia should take a look at Multimedia Publishing for Netscape by Gary David Bouton (Netscape Press, $50/CD-ROM). Finally, Java programmers may be interested in the two Java Reference Cards from SSC, $7 (that's all!). These two cards cover the applet, awt, & util and lang, io, & net class references, respectivley.

The guest applet is a Live 3D (animated VRML) scene by Robert M. Free of Grafman's VR World. This miniature does not capture the full impact of the original, so go over and take a look at it. Robert has done some unique things with VRML that really separate him from the crowd. He is truly a creative and prolific designer. While at Grafman's VR World don't miss the Guide to VR World Demos which I highly recommend.

4 Aug 1996

There are 33 new books this week, with 20 new Java titles (most of the new titles are in German). There are now 834 books including 272 Java titles in 8 languages (including English). You can view all the new additions for the week here. There are always revisions and corrections as we find them.

This week's featured book is the JavaScript CD Cookbook by Erica Sadun (Charles River; $40/CD-ROM). This "book" is actually just a (PC & Mac compatible) CD-ROM, but it is so excellently conveived and laid out that it was a pleasure to peruse. Although I wouldn't classify this as a tutorial in JavaScript, it is nevertheless an excellent collection of JavaScripts which you can use directly in your Web pages or build upon. All the scripts are amply demostrated and explained and, of course, source code is there for the taking. Moreover, the entire "book" is viewed with the Netscape browser and is nicely laid out, making great use of advanced Netscape features to enhance the learning process. Again, I wouldn't use this to learn JavaScript, but if you know even a little, this can be a fun way to go shopping for scripts. Another book also caught my attention this week. I'm not a database person, but I found some interesting reading in Database Publishing on the Web & Intranets by Curt Lang and Jeff Chow Coriolis; $40/CD-ROM). The authors discuss various options for publishing databases on the Web and how they can interact with CGI, Java, LiveWire, etc.

11 August 1996

I now have a link to all my Articles & Reviews in WWWiz Magazine. Look there for reviews of Web authoring products and books.

There are 19 new books this week, with 5 new Java titles. There are now 853 books including 277 Java titles in 8 languages (including English). You can view all the new additions for the week here. There are always revisions and corrections as we find them.

This week's featured book is the Creating Killer Web Sites by David Siegel (Hayden; $45). I have admired David Siegel's work on the Web for a very long time. In fact, a year ago in WWWiz Magazine, I recommended seeking him out on the Web for advanced concepts of Web design. Now he has followed through with a beautiful and well-written book which covers a spectrum of macroscopic (paradigms for third-generation Web sites, page layout) and microscopic (preparing images, rendering type) concepts of Web site design. There is a companion Killer Web Site to the book you can visit, but I highly recommend buying the book and studying it. This book has something for all Web designers from newbies to masters.

The guest applet is called ColorBox and was adapted from one appearing in Web Site Programming With Java by David Harms et al.. You may click on the image to stop/start it.

18 August 1996

There are 28 new books this week, with 7 new Java titles. There are now 881 books including 284 Java titles in 8 languages (including English). You can view all the new additions for the week here. There are always revisions and corrections as we find them.

This week's featured book is for the artistically inclined. Start with a Scan by Janet Ashford and John Odam (Peachpit Press; $35) is more than a book about scanning images. It's really a visual, step-by-step manual for transforming scanned images into something more interesting and artistic using the popular image processing programs such as Photoshop. The book itself is a visual feast and color images abound on practically every page. This book is aimed at professional (and student) designers and illustrators, but I would recommend it to anyone who is doing their own Web graphics and uses a scanner. As an aside, I came across The Book Lover's Guide to the Internet by Evan Morris (Random House/Fawcett; $13) in the bookstore last week. If you like books as much as I do, you might want to check out this interesting literary resource.

The guest applet is called SpaceFlight and was developed by Bennet Uk [soon to be a student of computer sciences at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich]. Actually, I used six instances of the same class file in this applet. To stop it, you'll need to click on each one individually. The learn more about this applet and get the class file, visit the SpaceFlight Web Site. Click on the image to engage the applet, but beware that it crashes Microsoft IE 3.0 unless the JIT is disabled. I've also had reports of trouble with Netscape Navigator Gold 3b5.

25 August 1996

There are 27 new books this week, with 7 new Java titles. (Many of the new titles are in Dutch and German.) There are now 907 books including 292 Java titles in 8 languages (including English). You can view all the new additions for the week here. There are always revisions and corrections as we find them.

This week's featured book is Gordon McComb's JavaScript Sourcebook (John Wiley & Sons; $45/CD-ROM). Besides a thorough tutorial on JavaScript, this book contains a number of chapters on advanced topics such as using JavaScript with frames, forms, CGI, and new innovative uses of HTML. A large "How Do I?" chapter answers dozens of the most common questions JavaScript programmers have and points you to the right pages in the book or gives some snippets of code to answer the questions. Another chapter contains almost fifty "plug and play" routines to assist you in building your own scripts. Finally, there is a chapter on JavaScript additions in Netscape Navigator 3.0. The author has a Web site for the book which is kept current.

This week I'm featuring another guest applet from Bennet Uk [soon to be a student of computer sciences at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich]. This applet is called SpaceScroller. The user has complete control over the text, colors, image, number of stars and speed of each element. This is an applet you can use without worrying about someone else's looking exactly like it. You can click on the applet stop it. The learn more about this applet and get the class file, visit the SpaceScroller Web Site.

1 September 1996

Those ugly red frames are intentional, and temporary. I did it to call to your attention to a new HTML tag attribute I found on somebody's Web site that I haven't seen documented in any of my HTML books (and they are many). This goes in the FRAMESET tag and simply looks like this...

<FRAMESET BORDERCOLOR="#xxxxxx" etc., etc.>

This appears to work with Netscape Navigator 3.0 but not with Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0.

There are 50 new books this week, with 16 new Java titles. There are now 957 books including 308 Java titles in 8 languages (including English).

8 September 1996

Welcome to the second millenium! There are now well over 1000 books on authoring for Web and 330 books on Java in 10 languages. There are 76 new books this week, with 21 new Java titles. This week we introduce Web authoring books in two new foreign langiages, Hebrew and Italian. These will be found permanently in the European Books section as well as with new additions for this week. There are always revisions and corrections as we find them.

This week's featured book is KickAss Java Programming by Tonny Espeset (Coriolis Group; $40/CD-ROM). This is an advanced book for Java programmers who want to learn how to push the envelope of Java programming—particularly in the area of graphics (animation, image processing, 3D, virtual reality, and light sources). The CD-ROM includes a library of special effects so you can bring the author's technicques into your own Web pages. This book has some of the most remarkable Java applets I have seen and the author's work is regularly featured at the JARS-Java Applet Rating Service Web site. To get an idea of what's in store for you in the book visit the author's Web site to see some examples of the many applets from the book and CD-ROM. More than just giving you applets to customize, however, the author teaches you the details behind the techniques. Another good book this week is Jerry Muelver's Creating Cool Web Pages With Perl (IDG Books; $30/CD-ROM). This is a hands-on, step-by-step tutorial on Perl leading to practical, interactive Web pages with forms, searching, and more. The CD-ROM contains Perl for Windows 3.1/95/NT. (This paragraph uses the new Netscape MULTCOL tag for multiple columns.)

The guest applet was contributed by Tonny Espeset, author of KickAss Java Programming (see above). While this looks like an animated GIF, it was created on the fly by the Java program from a single image. The author does a color separation then moves the "ghosts" out and away in each successive frame.

This week I discovered how to make seamless frames with Netscape frames. Once again I've come across an undocumented Netscape extension, this time just by trying it because it seemed reasonable. You can set the size of frame borders with a FRAMESET tag attribute that looks like this...

<FRAMESET BORDER="#X" etc., etc.>

where X is the width of the frame in pixels. Unfortunately, if you choose a width of zero to create a seamless frame, as I have here, you lose the ability to adjust the framesize, same as as if you used the attribute NORESIZE. The same effect can be had with Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 as follows...


Naturally, you should use both sets of attributes to be compatible with both browsers.

15 September 1996

There are 36 new books this week, with 17 new Java titles. This week we present our first Web authoring books in Swedish. These will be found permanently in the European Books section as well as with new additions for this week. There are now a total of 1069 Web authoring books, including 347 Java titles, in 11 languages. There are always revisions and corrections as we find them.

This week's featured book is The Java Language Tutorial: Object-Oriented Programming for the Internet by Mary Campione and Kathy Walrath (Addison-Wesley; $40/CD-ROM). This book is a thorough tutorial on the Java language, but is intended for those with some programming experience. The book is structured so that you can go straight through or choose your topics at random after the introductory section. I particularly like that the larger code examples are relegated to an appendix so as not to interrupt the flow of the text. The CD-ROM contains the tutorial and all the code samples as well as the usual complement of Java tools such as the JDK and Café Lite. This is a serious book for learning the Java language. At the other end of the spectrum, Tricks of the Java Programming Gurus by Glenn Vanderburg et al. (Sams.net; $40/CD-ROM) is a collection of advanced techniques and tips for experienced Java programmers.

22 September 1996

There are 46 new books this week, with 17 new Java titles. There are many French books in the new additions for this week. There are now a total of 1115 Web authoring books, including 364 Java titles, in 11 languages. There are always revisions and corrections as we find them.

I'm happy to see that Que Corporation has revived the Que Quick Reference Series of the late 1980's. I have many of these books and still refer to them occasional1y. Two titles currently available are HTML Quick Reference by Robert Mullen ($20) and Java Quick Reference by Michael Afergan ($20). Both books are laid out in the handbook style with items listed in alphabetical order for easy access. In the HTML book each tag or tag attribute includes a section on compliance, syntax, definition, example(s), an occasional graphic of an actual implementation, and related elements. The Java book is laid out differently. There are seven major sections for the Java API libraries plus sections for exceptions and errors. Each of the library sections includes the classes and methods, with definitions, plus infrequent examples of code or graphics to demonstrate the point. JavaScript Quick Reference is also available now and Perl Quick Reference is due out soon. The nature of the Web is that it is dynamic. I hope the authors and publisher can keep up with it in a timely manner as these books are no doubt already out-of-date. Readers who need even more information about Java should check out the recently released The Java Language Specification by James Gosling et al. (Addison-Wesley, $37). This is the latest entry in the Addison-Wesley Java Series and purports to be the definitive technical reference for the Java programming language. Next, I didn't even know you could do Java with Borland C++. Well, Chris Pappas and Bill Murray tell all in Java with Borland C++ (Academic Press, $35). Finally, Pascal programmers will feel right at home with the railroad diagrams in the French book Java: De l'esprit à la méthode by Michel Bonjour et al. (Int'l Thomson, 240 FF). You can check out the railroad diagrams in French or English.

The guest "applet" is actually an animated GIF contributed by David Levine, author of Live Java: Database to Cyberspace (AP Professional; $25). This book addresses many of the non-programming issues surrounding Java such as: "What is Java?" and "What do I do with it?" as well as "How do I implement it?". You can learn more about it at the author's Web site.

29 September 1996

There are 67 new books this week, with 20 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1182 Web authoring books, including 385 Java titles, in 11 languages. I made a few small changes this week. Now that I know what FrontPage is I've moved those books into the Editors section. I've also broke the German language books out of the European section which was getting too large. There are always revisions and corrections as we find them. My latest curve fit shows that this list in growing exponentially (with a coefficient of determination of 0.996). The equation is

No. of books = 210*eln2*t/td

where t is the number of weeks and td is the doubling time, i.e., the time it takes for the number of books to double. The doubling time is 15.7 weeks. This means the number of books has more than doubled every four months since the beginning of the year. Alternatively, the number of Web authoring books is increasing ten-fold per year. We are headed for 2,000 books before the end of this year, 20,000 by the end of 1997 and 2 million by the year 2000. (Of course, you know better than to extrapolate out that far.)

This week's featured book is JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, Beta Version by David Flanagan (O'Reilly & Associates, $30). This book is called a beta edition because it is an interim edition while the language is still evolving. The first edition will contain complete information on JavaScript 1.1 for Netscape Navigator 3.0. Fully half of the book is a JavaScript reference. A detailed account is given for each property, object, method, and function including availability, synopsis, properties, description, usage, related terms, etc. There are also chapters on commonly encountered bugs (hmmm... let's hope that disappears in the first edition) and client-side program structure (including the first description I've seen of the NOSCRIPT tag). Within a few hours of receiving this book I had implemented the random ads on the WWWiz main page. This book is recommended for experienced JavaScript programmers. Also new this week, Elliotte Rusty Harold's The Java Developer's Resource: A Tutorial and On-Line Supplement (Prentice Hall, $27) is a book for beginning Java programmers. This is a start-from-scratch tutorial on Java complete with quizes and excerises. The book is supplemented with an online site.

6 October 1996

There are 63 new books this week, with 14 new Java titles. This week we present our first Web authoring books in Norwegian and Portuguese. These will be found permanently in the European Books section as well as with new additions for this week. While there, check out the many excitng new titles from the Wiley Winter 1996-97 Catalog. There are now a total of 1245 Web authoring books, including 399 Java titles, in 13 languages. Did you know that we also have links to 138 computer book publishers in 16 countries plus bookstores and other book lists in our Book Resources section?

The guest "applet" is actually a VRML scene from Matthew Poli, co-author of VRML: Exploring Virtual Worlds on the Internet by Walter J. Goralski, Matthew Poli, and Peter Vogel (Prentice Hall, $40/CD-ROM). This book is a guide to installing & using VRML browsers and a tutorial on how to program in VRML to create your own virtual worlds. It has just been released and has not been reviewed yet. Of course, this is a fully functional VRML scene that you navigate with your mouse and arrow keys.

13 October 1996

There are 62 new books this week, with 19 new Java titles. This week we present our first Web authoring books in Finnish. These will be found permanently in the European Books section as well as with new additions for this week. There are now a total of 1307 Web authoring books, including 418 Java titles, in 14 languages.

This week's featured book is Moving Worlds by Ellen Adams and Donald Doherty (Prima, $35/CD-ROM). This is the first book with complete coverage of the VRML 2.0 specification. It is not a tutorial on VRML but rather a guide for the experienced (or interested) programmer on the features to be found in the next generation of virtual reality on the Web. The new specification will allow objects to be animated, interact, and even sound off. The CD-ROM includes VRML 2.0-compliant browsers and plug-ins with many exciting examples of VRML 2.0 scenes.

Another book that caught my attention this week is The Java Virtual Machine Specification by Tim Lindholm and Frank Yellin (Addison-Wesley, $37). This book covers the Virtual Machine definition, structure, class file format, and instruction set. It also includes discussions of compiling the Java source to bytecode and security issues. Definitely not for the novice. The is the latest entry in the Addison-Wesley Java Series. Both of these books are aimed primarily at programming professionals.

20 October 1996

There are 59 new books this week, with 19 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1366 Web authoring books, including 437 Java titles, in 14 languages. Most of the New Books are in European languages and can be found permanently in the European and German sections

There are two featured books this week. Official Netscape Navigator Gold Book, Windows by Alan Simpson (Netscape Press, $40/CD-ROM). This book is first and foremost a tutorial on Netscape Navigator Gold, but it also goes into depth on frames (for which there are no WYSIWYG tools in Gold), JavaScript, image maps, etc. In addition, there are chapters on graphics, plug-ins, secure transactions, and more. In short, this book gives you all the tools you'll need to create a content-rich Web site for personal or business use plus the know-how to use the browser to its fullest extent. I'm also pleased to say that the author has used our own WWWiz Magazine Web site as an example of a "real" Web site in the book.

Clement Mok's Designing Business (Adobe Press, $60/CD-ROM). This book is about the intersection of business, computer technology, and design and using design to bring order out of the chaos that technology is generating in the busines world. Ultimatley it's a book about design written for designers but I think there is lot here for those with an interest in or need to understand design. The book discusses design principles and punctuates them with real world examples and case studies, many of which are displayed in multimedia on the CD-ROM. The book is richly illustrated. Clement Mok is a highly regarded designer with several major projects to his credit. Visit Studio Archetype (formerly Clement Mok designs, Inc.) to see examples of his work and an interesting multimedia promotion of the book.

This week's guest applet is an animated GIF contributed by Lynda Weinman to celebrate the release of her latest book Deconstructing Web Graphics (New Riders, $45). Look for a review here in the weeks to come. I'm also pleased to say that Lynda's smash hit Designing Web Graphics has been translated into French and Italian.

27 October 1996

There are 64 new books this week, with 17 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1430 Web authoring books, including 454 Java titles, in 14 languages. Many of the New Books are in Portuguese and German and can be found permanently in the European and German sections.

There are several featured books this week. Java How to Program by Harvey & Paul Deitel (Prentice Hall, $45) is an honest-to-goodness college textbook on Java. The examples in the book are complete working Java programs and I like that each chapter has many student exercises (homework!). The book is punctuated with hundreds of tips on common programming errors, good programming practices, performance, software engineering, testing and debugging, and portability. An interactive, multimedia CD-ROM version of the book (Java Multimedia Cyber Classroom) is also in the works for next month.

Next we have The Java Class Libraries: An Annotated Reference by Patrick Chan and Rosanna Lee (Addison-Wesley, $48). This is the latest addition to the Addison-Wesley Java Series, and it's a behemoth at over 1600 pages of solid information. This book is a comprehensive reference to the Java API with complete coverage of all the class libraries in the core packages, Window Toolkit, and Applet packages. Each class and its methods are described in detail (syntax, parameters, etc., with examples). This is not a Java tutorial, but rather a reference work. It would seem to be a necessity for all serious Java programmers.

Two more books caught my attention this week. First, the Camel Book is back! Perl programmmers rejoice. The second edition of Programming Perl by Larry Wall et al. (O'Reilly & Associates, $40) has just been published. This is a definitive Perl 5 reference, straight from the horse's (er, camel's) mouth. The book contains an overview of the language and syntax, complete reference section for all Perl functions, etc., object-oriented features, and much more.

Also, Web Publishing with Netscape for Busy People by Christian Crumlish and Malcolm Humes (Osborne, $23) is a tutorial on Web page construction with Netscape Navigator Gold. I admired the clever use of graphics; my hat goes off to the book's designers. This book is recommended for beginners.

3 November 1996

There are 75 new books this week, with 20 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1503 Web authoring books, including 472 Java titles, in 14 languages. Attention Registered Users! I'm not satisfied that the URL-minder service I use is keeping up with the changes to this page. Please be assured that this page is updated weekly and there are many new titles added each week along with timely book reviews of recent releases.

This week's featured books are the Java Language API SuperBible by Daniel Groner et al. and Java Networking & AWT API SuperBible by Nataraj Nagarathnam et al., both from Waite Group Press at $60 each with CD-ROM. These are companion volumes that cover every method and variable in every Java package. The Language API SuperBible covers the basic classes, execution classes, Java I/O, and debugging tools. The Networking & AWT API SuperBible covers Java's windowing, applet, and network API's. Each book provides and in-depth explanation of Java's classes, variables, and methods. Each method listing has a description, syntax, package, imports, constructors, parameters, returns, exceptions, comments, and an example. Each chapter concludes with an project which emphasizes the concepts covered in the chapter.

There is no guest applet this week so I threw together a Java animation using some pictures from the WWWiz print edition that are hard to find online. The Java code is the ubiquitous Animator developed by Herb Jellinek and available online and on the CD-ROM included with many books. If you wish to see the animation just click on the static image to get it started (and click to stop). Let me know if you prefer to have the applet remain optional in the future. If you want to see full-size images start at my Series page.

10 November 1996

There are 47 new books this week, with 12 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1550 Web authoring books, including 484 Java titles, in 15 languages. This week's many New Books include our first Web authoring books in Polish and the Book Resources has two new Polish publishers.

This week I'm pleased to have a book review from Stephen Pietrowicz. Concurrent Programming in Java: Design Principles and Patterns by Doug Lea (Addison-Wesley, $40) covers how to use threads effectively and common design issues in multithreaded programming.

Most books will tell you the mechanics of how to use threads. This book goes a step beyond that and discusses in detail when using threads is appropriate, and when it is not. Many topics are covered (Synchronization, data flow, scheduling, etc) and there are numerous examples throughout the book. Each chapter also includes a "Further Readings" section that lists other books and papers that are useful references.

I highly recommend this book. I think it's one that that every serious Java programmer should own. However, I caution novice programmers that they might find some of the topics a bit difficult to understand.— Steve Pietrowicz

Addison-Wesley Developers Press has two new books of interest to VRML programmers. The VRML 2.0 Handbook by Jed Hartman and Josie Wernecke ($30) contains a tutorial on VRML 2.0 and a node reference. The book covers all the new VRML 2.0 features such as animation, sound, visual effects, collision detection, sensors, and scripting. There is also a chapter on improving performance. Makes you wish you had a Silcon Graphics computer. 3D Graphics File Formats: A Programmers Reference by Keith Rule ($40/CD-ROM) describes the seven most commonly used 3D formats (including VRML) and provides the author's 3D file format converter on the CD-ROM.

This chart, constructed strictly with HTML <TABLE> tags, shows the exponential growth of Web authoring books I've spoken of several times on this page. We started this year with about 200 books and expect to end it with over 2000. A curve fit shows we're increasing the number of books by tenfold each year. Of course, it's ridiculous to think this will hold for even one more year. It's even more ridiculous to think I could possibly keep up the list if it continues to grow at this rate. I have noticed that the Java list growth has slowed down noticably, but that may change when the next release of the language comes out.

17 November 1996

There are 32 new books this week, with 11 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1582 Web authoring books, including 485 Java titles, in 15 languages.

This week's featured books are on the subject of design. Multimedia Graphics: The Best of Multimedia Design by Willem Velthoven and Jorinde Seijdel (Chronicle Books; $50) showcases 36 multimedia projects selected for their creative designs and imaginative use of interactive media. The selections were chosen by an international panel and include examples from CD-ROMs, Web sites, and computer games. This is a large, sumptuous book, full of pictures and descriptions of the designs.

Lynda Weinman's Deconstructing Web Graphics (New Riders, $50) likewise looks at eleven Web sites. In this book she takes you behind the scenes into the very details of how some of her favorite Web sites were created and implemented, describing in detail all of the technical elements as well as the how-tos, techniques, and tips. The book goes into sufficient depth so that you know exactly how everything is actually done.

This guest applet is a QuickTime VR node by Sandy Ressler, author of The Art of Electronic Publishing (Prentice Hall, $40/CD-ROM). Click on the image to access it (~180K). You'll need Apple's QuickTime plug-in and the virtual reality component to view this. This QTVR was created using KPT Bryce (an amazing program) using the 360 degree panorama option. Each sphere is texture mapped with a photo taken with an Apple QuickTake camera. The resulting panorama was converted into a QTVR node, something you can do with Apple's free Make QTVR Panorama utility. You can also view the orignal KPT Bryce panorama Sandy used for the QTVR (~350K). There is an online version of the book you can visit.

24 November 1996

There are 20 new books this week, with 5 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1600 Web authoring books, including 500 Java titles, in 15 languages. There are surprisingly few new books this week. I don't know if this ia seasonal thing in the publishing industry or something more telling about the state of the Web. Stay tuned.

This week's featured book is Beyond Humanity: CyberEvolution and Future Minds by Gregory S. Paul and Earl D. Cox (Charles River Media; $21/24 Paper/Hardback). This book contains a review of the current status of computer science and neuroscience and speculates on the confluence of the two in the future to the point where our minds may be downloaded into cyberspace or robots that will be more efficient (and longer lasting) than our human bodies. This is much different than the usual Web design and authoring books discussed on these pages and I'm finding it to be interesting reading. Look for a full review in a future issue of WWWiz Magazine.

Another book that caught my attention this week was Special Edition Using Java, 2nd Ed. by Joseph Weber et al. (Que, $60/CD-ROM). Besides being a giant book covering all aspects of Java you would expect, including JDK 1.1 features, there are full text versions of this book and four other Special Edition Using books on the CD-ROM (Javascript, Visual J++, CGI, and HTML, 2nd Ed.). These texts are fully hyperlinked and can read from your browser.

1 December 1996

There are 33 new books this week, with 17 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1633 Web authoring books, including 517 Java titles, in 15 languages. Special thanks to Seong-Jun Whang for contributing the new Korean books to the site this week. You can see these listings in Korean at his Java Books page. Also, the European book section was getting too large so I pulled out the French books in a new section. Finally, you can catch an advance look at my next article for WWWiz featuring a critique of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer, book reviews, and more.

There are two featured books this week. Web Publisher's Construction Kit with Netscape Plug-ins by Jonathan Angel (Waite Group Press; $40/CD-ROM) discusses virtually all the plug-ins for Netscape Navigator. There are several chapters of introductory material followed by separate chapters on Audio, Video, Presentation/Animation, VRML, Graphics, and Document plug-ins. For each of about 40 plug-ins there are "lessons" on installing the plug-in and embedding presentations on your Web page, including a thorough list of EMBED tag attributes for each plug-in. The book finishes with a brief description of some 30 of the more obscure plug-ins and a chapter on plug-in resources. The CD-ROM contains over 30 plug-ins and helper applications.

The Ultimate Web Developer's Sourcebook by Ben Sawyer (Coriolis Group Books, $50/CD-ROM) is just that, a sourcebook. The book covers most aspects of Web development with a brief description of each plus a very impressive list of resources including hardware and software vendors (with URLs, addresses, and phone numbers), Web sites, magazines, and books. There are also practical tips on various aspects of Web page design and graphics and examples drawn from the Web. The book is rounded out with a few chapters on business aspects of the Web including employment opportunities in the Web industry, market analysis, advertising, financing, and legal questions. The CD-ROM contains a variety of HTML and Java authoring tools plus applets and audio and visual clips.

The guest applet is adapted from one I found in Java How-To by Madhu Siddalingaiah and Stephen D. Lockwood (Waite Group Press, $40/CD-ROM). (You can click on the applet to stop it.) Like other books in Waite's How-To series, this is not a tutorial but rather a step-by-step problem-solving approach in the question-and-answer format. I found that this book had a number of interesting problems and solutions for the somewhat experienced Java programmer. The book contains chapters on graphics, threads, events, user interface, networking, and miscellaneous advanced topics. It's the sort of book you like to look things up in before setting out to program them yourself. The CD-ROM contains the examples from the book.

GIF Animation Studio: Animating Your Web Site by Richard Koman (O'Reilly & Associates, $40/CD-ROM) is the first book on animated GIFs. The book contains specific instructions on using animated GIF software for the Mac and Windows. There is also coverage of color palettes, assorted tips and tricks, optimization, and use of Photoshop and Kai's Power Tools filters. The book is balanced with in-depth examination of some extraordinary animated GIFs. The CD-ROM contains software for the Mac and PC plus the animation files from the book, and more. The author also maintains a Web site for the book. I know it sound trite, but I created my first animated GIF within 10 minutes of installing the Windows software and following the instructions in the book.

8 December 1996

It's been a busy week with a whopping 94 new books including 25 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1725 Web authoring books, including 541 Java titles, in 15 languages. Don't forget that my next article for WWWiz is online. It features a critique of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer, book reviews, and more.

This week's featured book is 24 Hours in Cyberspace: Painting on the Walls of the Digital Cave by Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt (Que; $50/CD-ROM). This book, from the creators of the "Day in the Life" series, is a collection of photographs (and stories) taken on a single day in February 1996 by 150 photojournalists around the world. Their images capture our life in cyberspace from the mundane to the exotic. Among my favorites are the Intuit children shown crossing the tunda on dogsleds and later surfing the Web. The book is replete with paradoxical images like these. While I usually discuss books about authoring for Web, this book is for looking at and contemplating the potential of the Web for our future. The CD-ROM contains an interactive version of the book with some multimedia enhancements. The is a also an official book Web site with many photographs not available in the book, but what you see on-screen doesn't compare with the image quality in the book.

Here is some more important book news this week: Prentice Hall has just released the second editions of four of the titles in their highly acclaimed Sunsoft Press Java Series. The new releases are Instant Java, 2nd Ed. by John Pew ($35/CD-ROM), Java by Example, 2nd Ed. by Jerry Jackson and Alan McClellan ($35/CD-ROM), Just Java, 2nd Ed. by Peter van der Linden ($35/CD-ROM), and Core Java, 2nd Ed. by Gary Cornell and Cay S. Horstmann ($45/CD-ROM). Each of the books has been revised and updated with new material. I've tested the 75+ applets in Instant Java plus the 60 bonus applets on the CD-ROM and they all work. Believe me when I tell this is the exception rather than the rule with CD-ROMs included in books. These applets are well documented and come complete with Java source code and sample HTML code with all parameters. They are ready to use by substituting your own text or images. The CD-ROM is very well organized and designed so that applets can be downloaded individually in Zip or Tar format. The CD-ROM also includes trial versions of Symantec Café and Sun Java WorkShop.

Also, two more titles in Que's Quick Reference series are now available, namely, Perl 5 Quick Reference by Mícheál ó Foghlú and JavaScript Quick Reference by Rick Darnell. We also note that a second edition of HTML Quick Reference has been announced for next March.

15 December 1996

There are 31 new books this week, with 17 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1755 Web authoring books, including 556 Java titles, in 15 languages. Don't forget that my next article for WWWiz is online. It features a critique of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer, book reviews, and more. Remember, you can purchase all your Christmas book gifts at the WWWiz Bookstore

The Homegrrrl (Lynda Weinman) is back with <coloring web graphics>. This book was co-authored with Bruce Heavin and beautifully designed by Ali Karp (who also did <deconstructing web graphics>). This book has just about everything you would like to know about color for developing Web graphics. The book begins with the fundamentals: the difference between screen and print colors, browser-safe colors (that's the 216 color set that browsers can render without dithering), and Web graphics file formats. It then goes into detail on color principles and imaging techniques. The last half of the book contains a seemingly infinite number of color schemes (aestheticall) suitable for use on Web sites. The whole book is a riot of color starting from the front cover. I also like that you can read the book in random order and are likely to glean useful information anywhere in the book. Did you know that the browser-safe hex combinations are always formed from variations of 00, 33, 66, 99, CC, and FF? Those of you who are interested in more technical aspects of computer color should check out Using Computer Color Effectively: An Illustrated Reference (ISBN 0-13-939878-3) and Number by Colors: A Guide to Using Color to Understand Technical Data (ISBN 0-387-94685-3).

A couple of other books caught my attention this week as well. Interactive Web Publishing with Microsoft Tools by Evangelos Petroutsos (Ventana, $50/CD-ROM) is an ambitious tome on Web authoring with an emphasis on the various tools available from Microsoft. In addition to giving the basics of HTML (and the Internet Explorer extensions), multimedia Web elements (images, imagemaps, video, and sound), and server scripts, the book goes into detail on the various Microsoft Internet Assistants (for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access), FrontPage (including setting up a personl Web server and Intranet), VBScript, and ActiveX controls. This is an impressive, clearly written book and there was a lot of material that was new to me.

Netscape Plug-in Power by David Wall (IDG Books, $35/CD-ROM) contains descriptions of over 70 plug-ins, over 30 of which are on the CD-ROM. What I found appealing about the book is that for each plug-in the author tells you who built it, what it does, where to find it, what platforms it supports, plugged-in sites with good examples, and most importantly where to find authoring tools.

For those with programming interests other than the Web, there's 1001 Programming Resources" by Edward Renehan (Jamsa Press, $50/CD-ROM). Here you'll find the best Web sites on all aspects of computing from AI and Assembly to Visual Basic and Windows and everything inbetween. Like all the 1001 Web Sites series from Jamsa each site has a single paragraph description plus some screen capture shots. The CD-ROM contains a full hyper-linked version of the book with links to the Web sites.

The guest applet comes from Black Art of Java Game Programming by Joel Fan et al. (Waite Group Press, $50/CD-ROM). Following a brief review of Java fundamentals the book goes right into animation and sprites and then building a video game. From there it goes on to advanced gaming and graphics techniques (networks, multi-player games, image processing, 3-D space, and more). Finally, 8 games of diverse types are developed in various levels of detail. Of course, the source code for all the games and other material in the book are on the CD-ROM. Now, I'm not a game player, but I can appreciate a lot of the mathematical detail that goes into game programming. Thus, my only complaint with the book is that a lot of the math is treated in the simplest possible way (particularly the coordinate transformations), with a heavy penalty on performance. (Click the image to start; click to pause/play.)

22 December 1996

There are 26 new books this week, with only 3 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1781 Web authoring books, including 559 Java titles, in 15 languages. This week we have a guest review from Stephen Pietrowicz. Don't forget that my The new issue of WWWiz Magazine (#9) is online. Remember, you still can purchase Christmas book gifts at the WWWiz Bookstore.

Cutting-Edge Java Game Programming by Neil Bartlett, Steve Simkin, and Chris Stranc, is another in a recent trend of Java books that concentrate on one particular topic. This book is a valuable resource that leads you through many aspects of game programming, and shows how to build game components. The games presented as examples grow in complexity as the book progresses. One of the last chapters is written by a group of people that wrote the game Fred, a DOOM-like clone. (Or at least as good as you can do with the current release of Java.) That chapter is really interesting because they explain some of the problems they ran across while writing Fred, and how they went about solving them problems, where possible. If you're interested in writing you own Java game programs, take a serious look at this book.—Stephen R. Pietrowicz.

A couple of other books caught my attention this week as well. Unfortunately, I haven't time to review them because of the holidays and all. But if your at the bookstore I think you should check out the following titles:

Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days, Professional Reference Edition by Laura Lemay et al. (Sams.net, $60/CD-ROM),
How to Progam Java by Peter Coffee (Ziff-Davis Press, $40/CD-ROM),
Photoshop Web Magic by Ted Schulman et al. (Hayden, $45/CD-ROM), and
Photoshop Type Magic 2 by Greg Simsic (Hayden, $40/CD-ROM).

29 December 1996

It's been a great year. We began with under 200 books on this list and ended up with over 1800. (Nevertheless, this is disappointingly short of the 2000 I was predicting up to a month ago. December was a tough month for new Web books.) During the past year we have updated these pages religiously every week. Along the way we've added several new categories of books to keep up with the rapidly evolving Web technologies. We've also expanded the list to include books in 14 foreign languages. And our Book Resources page now has computer book publishers, book stores, and other book lists in 17 countries.

Each week we've brought you up to date with the latest book announcements and several brief book reviews. In all, there are over 75 book reviews, plus full-length reviews of several titles in my WWWiz Magazine. There have also been 24 guest applets (Java applets, GIF animations, VRML scenes, or QTVR). You can see peruse all the book reviews and guest applets in the Old News! section.

I'd like to express my gratitude to you for visiting this site and hope I will have your continued support in 1997. I'd also like to thank the publishers for the many review copies of books I have received. Also, thanks for your feedback and (mostly) kind words. Please feel free to write to me at cye@cts.com with your suggestions, etc. Now, down to business...

There are 31 new books this week, with only 3 new Java titles. There are now a total of 1812 Web authoring books, including 562 Java titles, in 15 languages.

The guest applet is an animated GIF I threw together (very quickly) with GIF Construction Set for Windows. These are the covers of all nine WWWiz Magazines to date.

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The Complete Book List is located at http://wwwiz.com/books/.