Books of Note

Practical Common
LispThe best intro to start your journey. Excellent coverage of CLOS.

ANSI Common
LispAnother great starting point with a different focus.

Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence
ProgrammingA superb set of Lisp examples. Not just for the AI crowd.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The power of CSS 

It has been interesting to watch the rise of a new generation of browsers lately. While Microsoft sits on their hands with a security bug ridden IE 6, Firefox seems to have done reasonably well with its recent launch. Even Opera seems to be getting more press mentions and I have friends that use it daily. Myself, I switched from IE 6 to Mozilla 1.x about 18 months ago and then recently to Firefox.

One interesting part of the switch to better browsers is the improved support for CSS. When you really understand CSS, it's staggeringly powerful. I had seen some simple demos of it previously and they were just what you would expect--simple. Obviously, CSS can be used to change fonts, colors, etc. But recently, I found CSS Zen Garden and that really drove home how awesomely powerful CSS is. You'll probably want to view this site with a good modern browser (I suggest Firefox). Check out all the various themes that were created for the same content. Amazing.

Interestingly, more than half of Finding Lisp's readers use a Mozilla-based browser of some sort, and that figure is rising.


Check out S5, a Power Point substitute, for another really cool CSS application.

CSS is great - the power i all in the selectors though. Combined with a few well places id and class attributes, the ability to address things is superb. It's like URLs for your document.

Also, if you do *any* work with CSS or Javascript, you *need* to spend some quality time with the mozilla DOM inspector. It really lets you under the hood so you can see what your'e doing.


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