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It's JavaScript month at Murach Books!

JavaScript is used in virtually every commercial website today, so every professional web developer needs to master it. And we’ve just revised both of our JavaScript-related books, to make mastery as easy and quick as possible for you. Start with either the JavaScript or jQuery book, then use the other book to build out your full set of skills.

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The Java book made just for beginners

If you’re new to Java or to programming, this book was written for you. Using an IDE, step-by-step topics, hands-on exercises, and real-world examples, it takes you from beginner to confident, entry-level professional…all in as little time as possible. Choose the edition you want, based on your favorite IDE: Eclipse or NetBeans.

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2 - Courseware for trainers and instructors since 1974

Courseware for trainers and instructors since 1974

All of our books are currently used for both corporate training and college courses...just as they have been since 1974. To make that easy for trainers and instructors, we provide complete courseware. That includes behavioral objectives, PowerPoint slides, test banks, extra exercises and solutions, projects and solutions, and more.

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3 - HTML5 and CSS3

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Murach’s HTML5 and CSS3 (3rd Edition)

This 3rd edition of our unique HTML5 and CSS3 book adds professional coverage of Responsive Web Design - a must for web developers - at the same time that it updates and improves all the content in the previous edition. Don't miss it.

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What People Say About Our Books

“I’ve read other programming books, but none—and I really mean none—are as useful as yours. Your company has made my life a little easier and a lot wealthier.”

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What makes Murach books the best

During the last 40 years, many customers have asked us how a small publisher in Fresno can make the best programming books. The short answer is that no other publisher works the way we do.

Instead of using freelance writers who get no training, we use a small staff of programmers who are trained in our proven writing and teaching methods.

Instead of publishing dozens of new books each year, we write and publish just a few. And instead of rushing books to market, we refuse to let schedule or budget interfere with quality.

That’s why our customers often tell us that our books are the ones that they look for first whenever they need to learn a new programming subject. If you try one of our books, we’re confident that you’ll become a Murach fan too. And if you buy the book directly from us, you’ll get the same ironclad guarantee that we’ve offered since 1974!

Our “paired pages” let you read less and learn faster

About 15 years ago, we realized that there was something patently wrong with all technical books, including ours. The problem was that you had to dig through dozens of pages of text to get the information that you needed. And if you wanted to refer back to that information, you had to dig it out again. That’s when we developed a new presentation method that our customers named "paired pages".

With our paired-pages method, the right page is the reference page that presents the examples, coding, and critical skills that you need to master, and the left page is the training page that explains what’s on the right page. This means that you are able to read less and learn faster. This also means that after you finish reading our books, they become the best reference books you’ve ever used because you usually only have to refer to the right page in a pair.

Today, we use our paired-pages presentation method in all of our books, and we’re the only publisher that does. But, honestly, that’s only one of the reasons why you’ll learn faster and better with our books.

"For me, the great thing about this book is the way it is laid out. Information is on the left page and the visual of what is being discussed is on the right page - genius!"
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5 more reasons why our customers love our books

1. You can do real work after reading just a few chapters

In all of our books, the first few chapters present a complete subset of the skills you’ll use on the job. As a result, you can start doing real work after just a few chapters. Then, you can add to those skills by reading the rest of the book.

"My daughter gave me Murach’s PHP and MySQL for Christmas, and today (December 27th), I wrote my first PHP code. I have a form with over 200 controls and am having a blast with POST arrays! Wow!"

—Jim Burns, Web Developer, Jacksonville, Florida

2. You can learn new skills whenever you need them

After the first section or two of each book, the other sections and chapters are designed as independent modules. We call this "modular organization." What this means is that once you master the subset that’s presented in the first section or two, you can continue with whichever section or chapter you’re interested in.

Call it "just-in-time training." Call it "learning when you need it most." It works, and no other publisher even tries to do this with their books.

“Your books have always been my go-to source when I need to absorb new technology because they're perfectly suited to my no-time-to-waste schedule - they're modular, clean, and hit all the major points without any fluff.”
—Jeff Madrak, Independent Software Developer

3. Our complete, real-world applications lead to mastery

From the first book we published in 1974 to the present, all of our books teach by presenting complete, real-world applications, including the design, code, and all related components.

As we see it, studying applications like these is the best way to learn how all of the parts of an application work together, so this is an essential part of the learning process. And yet it is the missing ingredient in most competing books.

“I have seen too many programming books with esoteric examples that you could never use in a real application. The examples in your book have meat, meaning you can port the concepts to a current application you are working on.”

—Charles Owen, Programmer, Maryland

4. You get more practice in less time with our exercises

The exercises in our books let you get valuable, hands-on experience without wasting any time. That’s because we provide the starting code for each exercise, so you don’t have to enter the routine code that you already know.

Beyond that, our exercises never present new skills or information. As we see it, this is the only sensible approach to text and exercise design.

In contrast, the exercises in competing books commonly present new skills as they step you through the development of an application. If you’ve tried to learn from one of these books, though, you know that: (1) you don’t learn the skills if you don’t do the exercises, (2) there’s no easy way to get the information that’s embedded in the exercises, and (3) this approach is painfully slow and deadly dull.

“Another thing I like is the exercises at the end of each chapter. They reinforce the main points and force you to get your hands dirty.”

—Hien Luu, SD Forum/Java SIG

5. Our books become your favorite on-the-job references

After you finish reading our books, they become the best reference books you’ve ever used for at least two reasons. First, the modular structure of our books makes it easy to find what you’re looking for and it keeps all of the information that makes up a skill close together.

Second, with our “paired pages” presentation method, you don’t have to dig out information from pages of text. Instead, you usually only have to refer to the right page in a pair to get all the rules, guidelines, and coding examples that you need.

“As a contractor, I have to frequently change jobs and also job requirements. Your manuals allow me to keep current as well as being great references for those things I need to refresh on.”
—Clifford Whisnant, Consultant, South Carolina

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