Tuesday, October 14, 2003

HTML 4 Unleashed, Professional Reference Edition (2nd Edition) by Rick Darnell

When I got this book, I had made a dozen family-style personal home pages. Nothing advanced, just basic stuff.

This book was great for me, because it gave me lots of basic html codes and it's all right there, easy to find and easy to understand. I couldn't for the life of me understand frames before this book, but how to do frames was explained so well that I had to laugh at the troubles I had had with them in the past.

This book also gets into some more advanced stuff, such as style sheets, and dynamic html. I had no experience in any of this, and I found that these things were not explained well enough for a novice such as myself to fully understand. I got lost.

Someone with SOME experience in these other things might find this book to be a great resource for dynamic html, but it was a bit too much of a jump for me. For a beginning web page developer, this is a good resource for the extensive html coding it presents. I can't say about the more advanced programming, as it wasn't helpful to me personally.

Zone Perfect

Book Review

Zone Perfect Meals in Minutes: 150 Fast and Simple Healthy Recipes from the Bestselling Authorof the Zone and Mastering the Zone by Barry Sears (Author)

I am no longer following the Zone diet, but when I was on it, I found this book to be very helpful.

There are enough recipes in this book that I could always find something that worked for me. I tended towards the simpler "snack" recipes, partly because some of the other ones did take more time to prepare.

I've also got a large family (at the time I had 4 children) so the recipes had to be increased a good bit for my family. Which wasn't a huge problem, but some of the meals were just too expensive to make for so many.

There are some great egg recipes in there, and very easy to fix snacks, and it's all thought out and balanced, which, of course, is a definite plus for staying in the Zone.

The recipes were very easy to follow and understand, even for a novice cook such as myself. I would recommend this book for anyone following this diet, and even for those who aren't, simply because it IS a sensible way to eat, and the recipes are easy and varied.