I have been a fan of Sitepoint books for several years now. I discovered them when I was first getting into building websites. I think it was the summer of my sophomore year in college when I began learning HTML and I started with a free tutorial from MCLI. I guess that tutorial was written back in the days when tables were used for lay-outing pages, so I DEFINITELY do not recommend this tutorial today. I built one website (no longer online), based on what I’d learned from the MCLI tutorial and it was table based layout (YUCK!).
Even after my first website, I felt like I was really lacking in terms of know-how and best-practices when it came to “coding” webpages. I don’t exactly remember how I found out about Sitepoint, but I did and the first Sitepoint book I read and finished, in like two weeks, was Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS by Ian Lloyd. It was good! I learned so much, especially about writing html that abides by certain standards. Also, for me it wasn’t boring to read. What I really liked about this book was that you were actually building a website as you read it and went through the examples, and this is true for many of the Sitepoint books.
I’ve read several other Sitepoint books since and I am currently reading and about to finish Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP and MySQL by Kevin Yank. If you want to learn how to build websites or are interested in web development, I urge you, if you haven’t, to check out Sitepoint.
Now a word about the people at Sitepoint. I recently won a photo contest (most number of likes) hosted by Sitepoint on their PHP Master Facebook page. As a result, I’ve had chance to interact via email with some of the people who work there. Wow! These people are awesome! Very accommodating, quick to respond to emails, doing what they can to help and fulfill your requests. I really appreciate and I am grateful for how Sitepoint, the great books they have, and the people who work there have helped me. Thanks!