Now that the semester is over and Summer is practically here, I have some time to slow down a bit and go back to review any extra material or information that wasn’t covered properly due to lack of time. I had thought about enrolling in a class or two during the Summer term, but the ones I wanted are not offered, so I guess it’s time to hit the books on my own, while I continue to look for other opportunities.
For now, I’m reading Murach’s HTML, XHTML, and CSS. I actually won the book a few months ago, during a little contest the publishers had on Twitter. Can you believe that! It’s basic, yes, but full of solid and useful information. I’ve been using parts of it as needed while working on some of my projects, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to read the whole book. Actually, I must confess I love Murach’s books. They are amazingly clear, full of examples and read fast too. It was actually thanks to Murach’s Servlets and JSP book that I was able to successfully code the classes I needed to establish the connection pool with a MySQL database for one of my projects, since the official textbook for my class, Servlet and JSP (A Tutorial) by Budi Kurniawan, doesn’t offer enough detail about it. Of course, I also helped myself with information from Howard Hyde’s Java Web Database Application Development, Volume 1 . That’s another book that wouldn’t hurt reading from cover to cover.
I’ll be sharing more about the code, and the code itself, in future writings.