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    What subject would you like to see a SitePoint book about?

    Hey everyone,
    We're currently brainstorming topics for future SitePoint books and we'd be keen to hear your ideas.

    What subjects would you be interested in reading a SitePoint book about?

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    How about a good, feature full book on extending WordPress for use as a CMS & eCommerce site for a number of different industries: Travel, eTail, education, publishing (pay-wall). Also, throw in marketing features: newsletters, ad serving, social media.

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    - site speed optimization
    - information architecture
    - building a site using WordPress

    a few from the top of my head...

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    HTML5 for the web and mobile?

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    Right now I really want to read a book about Drupal 7 Module Development. I've got a good one on Drupal 6, but D7 is pretty different.

    Programming Games using HTML5 would be awesome.

    A general HTML5 web development book.

    How to integrate social networking sites into yours. More than one, so it wouldn't just be Facebook or Buzz.
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    What about a book on how Microsoft jumped in too quick with CSS 2 and all the problems that resulted so that those advocating an even earlier jump into HTML 5 don't repeat the same mistake only worse.
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    How about a book that outlines real-world web projects completed by Sitepoint staff. Explaining how each writer tackles their project. Where do they start? What are the steps they follow? What are their thought processes? You know, providing as much detail as possible.

    I think a book like this would be worth it's weight in gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w1nk5 View Post
    How about a book that outlines real-world web projects completed by Sitepoint staff. Explaining how each writer tackles their project. Where do they start? What are the steps they follow? What are their thought processes? You know, providing as much detail as possible.

    I think a book like this would be worth it's weight in gold.

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    I like that idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by w1nk5 View Post
    How about a book that outlines real-world web projects completed by Sitepoint staff. Explaining how each writer tackles their project. Where do they start? What are the steps they follow? What are their thought processes? You know, providing as much detail as possible.

    I think a book like this would be worth it's weight in gold.

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    That's a great idea.

    A book explaining the proccesses and steps to make a web project successful - methodologies used, tech choices, team formation and key responsibilities etc..
    Perhaps a write up by the 99 Designs team?

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    Quote Originally Posted by w1nk5 View Post
    How about a book that outlines real-world web projects completed by Sitepoint staff. Explaining how each writer tackles their project. Where do they start? What are the steps they follow? What are their thought processes? You know, providing as much detail as possible.

    I think a book like this would be worth it's weight in gold.

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    Yep, my first thought when I saw the thread title was some kind of step by step guide to doing something. In my case it would be setting up a complex affiliate marketing scheme or a membership site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by w1nk5 View Post
    How about a book that outlines real-world web projects completed by Sitepoint staff. Explaining how each writer tackles their project. Where do they start? What are the steps they follow? What are their thought processes? You know, providing as much detail as possible.

    I think a book like this would be worth it's weight in gold.

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    This is what I would like to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w1nk5 View Post
    How about a book that outlines real-world web projects completed by Sitepoint staff. Explaining how each writer tackles their project. Where do they start? What are the steps they follow? What are their thought processes? You know, providing as much detail as possible.

    I think a book like this would be worth it's weight in gold.

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    I'll chime in. I would love to see a book on full SDLC development done via best practices. Something that would do for developers what Principles of Beautiful Web Design did for designers.

    And given that so many best practices love has been thrown the way of PHP and Javascript already, I would love to see it in the context of OOP maybe shaded towards us Java / C# developers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by w1nk5 View Post
    How about a book that outlines real-world web projects completed by Sitepoint staff. Explaining how each writer tackles their project. Where do they start? What are the steps they follow? What are their thought processes? You know, providing as much detail as possible.

    I think a book like this would be worth it's weight in gold.

    Cheers
    As a beginner I think this is a great idea.

    I only started learning HTML and CSS last year and one topic I was dying to read more about was best practice workflows. Where do I start, with a blank page or a template I have filed away? Can I start mocking up in the browser or should I do a comp in photoshop? What practices should I start implementing Now that will help me Later if I want to attract clients? etc

    I am sure this seems like really simple stuff for the more experienced, but for us noobs all these basic questions seem to be overlooked or quickly glossed over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w1nk5 View Post
    How about a book that outlines real-world web projects completed by Sitepoint staff. Explaining how each writer tackles their project. Where do they start? What are the steps they follow? What are their thought processes? You know, providing as much detail as possible.

    I think a book like this would be worth it's weight in gold.

    Cheers


    Sounds like a great idea. Rather than telling people what to do, they're just giving people examples of what THEY do, giving the reader choice and improving their understanding of projects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sg707 View Post
    How about "Essential Technique in using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript"? I'm not talking about "learning" HTML, CSS, or JavaScript. I'm talking about "Do's and Dont's" that provides good examples. I can certainly gurrantee being #1 hit. Please make sure you give 1% loyalty fee to my account. Thank you.
    Already been done, though it's too broad a topic to cover in one book. You just described the combination of Ian Lloyd's, Build Your Own Web Site The Right Way Using HTML & CSS, 2nd Edition, and Kevin Yank's Simply Javascript.

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    Maybe you can also have a book for beginners with the first few chapters devoted to some really simple real world web projects just using simple html and css, then a few chapters using html, css, php, mysql, simple javascript etc and finally some big real world world web projects as mentioned by w1nk5
    I think that's way too much to cover in one book, and the results would be pretty disappointing. What you're talking about is taking the sample chapters from some of their HTML / CSS books, some sample chapters from their PHP / SQL / Javascript books and then trying to write a massive book after that. I think the final step is where the real interest would be.

    One of really BIG reasons I love Principles of Beautiful Web Design so much is that it exposes you to enough theory that you understand WHY you are doing what you're doing, but otherwise it stays really grounded in the PROCESS of what it does. Beaird takes you step by step through Web Design, first do this and here are some of the different choices you can make (and why you'd choose one vs. the others), next you do this and here are some of the different choices you can make, etc. Books that follow that general model are much more useful because there are really no publishers except Sitepoint that stress not just learning technology, but teaching you the ins and outs of making it work for you.
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    Flash. I like the way Sitepoint books are laid out and organized, and I would LOVE to have a comprehensive book on working with Flash - not just AS or f-b-f animation, but Flash interacting and working within a website as a whole.
    Hm, yes. Last flash book I had was a Sams Learn Flash in 24 Seconds or whatever. A "Simply Javascript" of Flash/AS3 by SitePoint would be very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by w1nk5 View Post
    How about a book that outlines real-world web projects completed by Sitepoint staff. Explaining how each writer tackles their project. Where do they start? What are the steps they follow? What are their thought processes? You know, providing as much detail as possible.
    I really like this idea also.

    Other subjects I'd like to see also are HTML5 and CSS3, and one on SEO and optimizing websites.
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    I'd actually love a book on visual design and user experience.
    • presenting data in meaningful ways
    • engaging users
    • keeping things clean and simple
    • Iterative design
    • mocks, prototypes
    • longitudinal study
    • The discoverability / efficiency trade-off

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    I'd love to see a book on development techniques and frameworks, including MVC and OOP, but not being biased/focused on any one particular framework. It could be demonstrated via the development of a very, very simple cms (framework) at the start with both the framework and cms being expanded.

    Possibly the CMS from Kevin's Build Your Own Database Driven Website could be used as a starting point with the new book being a "follow up" to Kevin's book.
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    I would love a book about mobile web design and development.
    Also an SEO book that teaches you how to do it the right way (no spam tactics!)
    And lastly a book about using HTML5 and Javascript together in web design.

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    How about build a site using WordPress?

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    Hmmm great ideas! I'll chip in a small list of ideas too

    • WordPress 3.0 (You could start it now)
    • Web Accessibility (I'd want the British Standard to be included in the book too, so something to write about later on in the year or next year possibly)
    • Web Design with Adobe Photoshop CSx (similar to Corrie Hafflys book but much more comprehensive, relevant, and update, I seriously want a book like this, could call it Simply Web Design with Adobe Photoshop CS5 or something)
    • Simply GIMP (same concept as the PS one but with GIMP)
    • Django (not particularly interested in it but you can consider it as an idea)
    • Content Writing / Copywriting / Quality Content for Websites


    That's all I have for now. HTML 5 / CSS 3 isn't included in the list because it isn't a specification / Web Standard yet so that's a thumbs down for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewCooper View Post
    Hmmm great ideas! I'll chip in a small list of ideas too

    • Simply GIMP (same concept as the PS one but with GIMP)
    GIMP could use a few good books. Though I'd want to see one based on 2.7/2.8 Since they have the windowed mode. Though since they aren't stable releases, a book probably won't happen for a while. Still, put it on your list of future book ideas.

    As for the HTML5 stuff, would it work to have someone write a detailed article instead of a book? Or a series of articles?
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