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Adding More Coda Books – Version 1

Posted on Saturday, November 29th, 2008 under Code Design Downloads | 33 comments

Adding More Custom Coda Books

After Sitepoint showed us all how easy it is to add custom references to the "Books" section of Coda (using their excellent HTML and CSS references as examples), I began my search for even more handy code guides with which to fill out that big empty gray space at Command+6.

Jon Hicks had some good stuff to say, as did the Coda Google Group, but what really got me moving was when I found Ray Brown's Coda Book Cover Template PSD file. I pretty much went to town, compiling together eight custom "Books" and making each a custom icon. Have fun, use 'em wisely and enjoy the Coda love!

The Setups

Enough talk ... let's get into the doing (if you do happen to need all the setup instructions, see the previously mentioned Sitepoint tutorial).

Also, remember ... you can only have one reference set for each "Mode" in the "Use for Mode" field (i.e. if you have two 'HTML' references, using the quick-access key will direct you to the last one set alphabetically).

Book Title: CodeIgniter
Book URL: http://codeigniter.com/user_guide/
Cover Image
Use For Mode: N/A
Search URL: N/A

Book Title: ColdFusion
Book URL: http://www.cfquickdocs.com/cf8/
Cover Image
Use For Mode: CFML
Search URL: http://www.cfquickdocs.com/cf8/%23*

Book Title: HTML Dog
Book URL: http://www.htmldog.com/
Cover Image
Use For Mode: HTML
Search URL: http://www.htmldog.com/search/?sp-a=sp1002e60e&sp-q=*

Book Title: jQuery (Though Terry did recommend a nice alternate)
Book URL: http://docs.jquery.com/
Cover Image
Use For Mode: Javascript
Search URL: http://docs.jquery.com/Special:Search?ns0=1&search=*&go=Go
Search URL: http://api.jquery.com/?ns0=1&s=*

Book Title: MySQL
Book URL: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/
Cover Image
Use For Mode: SQL
Search URL: http://search.mysql.com/search?q=*&ie=&lr=lang_en

Book Title: PHP Online
Book URL: http://php.net
Cover Image
Use For Mode: PHP-HTML
Search URL: http://us2.php.net/manual-lookup.php?pattern=*&lang=en

Book Title: W3Schools HTML
Book URL: http://www.w3schools.com/tags/
Cover Image
Use For Mode: HTML
Search URL: http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_*.asp

Book Title: WordPress
Book URL: http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page
Cover Image
Use For Mode: PHP
Search URL: http://wordpress.org/search/*

Additional Custom Books

In my searching, I also found a couple more custom Book setups that you might enjoy:

Other Interesting Documentation

Here are some additional programming documentation sites that you might be interested in adding to your Coda collection. If you decide to make a custom icon, please feel free to share!

Even More Links

Finally, in case this post hasn't given you enough fun new goodies to play with in Coda, here are a bunch of links that might do the trick:

UPDATE - 2/11/2009 - Even More Coda Books

Book Title: Apache HTTP
Book URL: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/
Cover Image
Use For Mode: N/A
Search URL: http://www.google.com/search?as_q=*&as_epq=Version+2.2&as_oq=&as_sitesearch=httpd.apache.org

Book Title: Python
Book URL: http://docs.python.org/
Cover Image
Use For Mode: Python
Search URL: http://docs.python.org/search.html?q=*

UPDATE - 7/3/2009 - Just a few more Coda Books

**There were a few strangler spam comments and such, plus some new additions, hence the updated post.

Book Title: Expression Engine (thanks in part to Johnathan Powell)
Book URL: http://expressionengine.com/docs/
Cover Image
Use For Mode: N/A
Search URL: http://www.google.com/search?q=*&as_sitesearch=expressionengine.com/docs

Book Title: TextPattern (thanks to Mark for the link)
Book URL: http://textbook.textpattern.net/wiki/index.php?title=Category:Tag_Reference
Cover Image
Use For Mode: N/A
Search URL: http://textbook.textpattern.net/wiki/index.php?search=*

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Got somethin' to say? This is the place ... just try to play nice.

Here is a simple one for the Drupal 6 API Ref:

Book Title: Drupal 6 API
URL: http://api.drupal.org/
Simple cover: http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/361082/DrupalCodaCover.png
Use for Mode: PHP-HTML
Search URL: http://api.drupal.org/api/function/*/6


Comment on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 by CrashTest_

Oo! Nice one, Pat!


Comment on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 by Oscar


here is my RoR icon if anyone has a best suggestion as to what web reference to point it to id love to know..


Comment on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 by Christian

I got inspiration from your CodeIgniter book cover and did a new one for Expression Engine. You can find it here:



Comment on Thursday, September 10th, 2009 by Shawn Grimes

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Can't copy the cover images when they only display in a js image viewer like that.


Comment on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 by Marc

Ooopsy! Sorry about that. Problem fixed.


Comment on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 by Oscar

Here are the settings for adding Joomla! Documentation as a Coda Book: http://blog.joomlaworks.gr/post/234830808/add-joomla-documentation-as-a-coda-book


Comment on Friday, November 6th, 2009 by Fotis Evangelou

Great collection of Books here! Thanks for this :-)


Comment on Friday, November 6th, 2009 by Karl Bowers

Thanks for the post.

One addition for the HTML Dog Search String:

You could use two separate Books, one for HTML and one for CSS and then use the following search string to jump directy to the HTML-tags/CSS-properites:




Comment on Monday, November 9th, 2009 by Sascha Merkofer

great post! a big thanks for all these coda books!
I've added a few ones from your list, and it's just a child's play ;)


Comment on Friday, November 20th, 2009 by Mathieu

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Pingback on Friday, November 27th, 2009 by Sam George – Blog Blog Archive : Adding Books to Coda

Great job guys! Now I've unleashed the full potential of Coda. Thanks! =)


Comment on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 by Jon

The previous WordPress Reference I listed takes you to the main Codex page, but I have actually found it a lot more useful if you point it to the Function Reference instead.



Comment on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 by Oscar

Hey there thank you very much for everything , cheers


Comment on Thursday, April 29th, 2010 by Krnchy

[...] el salto os dejo muchos libros para añadir que he encontrado en DRAStudio. Yo he añadido corriendo el de PHP, el de CodeIgniter y el de jQuery, pero igual cae ahora alguno [...]


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Thanks for the tips and nice icons! Great job!


Comment on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 by daniel

Thanks for the great info...

I created a "Versions" Based SVN book cover available here...



Comment on Monday, July 26th, 2010 by pedro

Book Title: Django
Book URL: http://docs.djangoproject.com/en/1.2/
Cover Image
Search URL: http://docs.djangoproject.com/en/1.2/search/?cx=009763561546736975936:e88ek0eurf4&cof=FORID:11&ie=UTF-8&hl=&q=*&sa=Search&as_q=more:dev_docs&siteurl=docs.djangoproject.com/en/1.2/

not sure about search url...if anybody has any ideas? I searched the docs and replaced search term with *...


Comment on Thursday, August 12th, 2010 by Gursimran Singh

Great page! You just sucked away 10 minutes of my life dragging books into my Coda install. Hopefully the books reimburse me someday! Thanks!


Comment on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 by Joseph R. B. Taylor

I made a subversion book icon from Ray Brown's Coda Book Cover Template PSD file. I used the turtle image from the official O'Reilly subversion book rather than the "S" icon associated with the subversion software. I thought it made more sense since this is a reference book. You can download the ZIP archive here: http://www.mattgantner.com/cargobay/subversion_bookIcon.zip


Comment on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by Matt Gantner

Thanks, looks very interesting! Gonna try out some books right now!


Comment on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 by Edwin

Very nice resource! Thank you very much. I was about to start designing my own book covers when I found your site. Great stuff!


Comment on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 by Andy Hutchins

Really nice dudeeeee!!

Buy I don't think jQuery one is working good. :/


Comment on Sunday, October 24th, 2010 by Tom

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Pingback on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 by Weekly Digest for October 27th | The WebZappr

WoW. Added most of them to my Coda! Thank you!


Comment on Sunday, December 26th, 2010 by Valerio Vaz

I really like your custom book covers and I downloaded Ray Brown's book cover template to make my own book covers, which is working great! The only thing I am wondering is what font you used for your book covers. I want to make mine look similar. Please advise.


Comment on Monday, February 14th, 2011 by Eric

Eric, the typeface I used is called "Essai". You can download it here.


Comment on Monday, February 14th, 2011 by Oscar

Great post. I've never really used the inline books that much, I always jump out to the browser so I'll be giving these a go.

JQuery has probably been updated since the post so the search didn't work for me. I use this instead and seems to work:



Comment on Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 by Elliot

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Comment on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 by Adam Murpy

Book Title: Ruby 1.9.2
Book URL: http://railsapi.com/doc/ruby-v1.9.2/
Use for Mode: Ruby
Cover Image: http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o150/ssent1/Coda/Ruby192CodaBookIcons.png
Search URL: http://railsapi.com/doc/ruby-v1.9.2/classes/*.html

Book Title: Ruby 1.9.2
*Book URL: http://railsapi.com/doc/ruby-v1.9.2/
Use for Mode: Ruby
Cover Image: http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o150/ssent1/Coda/Ruby192CodaBookIcons.png
Search URL: http://railsapi.com/doc/rails-v3.0.8rc1/classes/*.html
* The URL is correct, it will point to the correct resource when you click on it in Coda.


Comment on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 by Syd Salmon

Finally found the post :)
All links on internet points to blog.drastudio wich falls into 'Server not found' ( blog.drastudio.com/past/2008/11/29/adding_more_coda_books/ )

Thanks for it, was looking for jQuery one =]


Comment on Thursday, September 8th, 2011 by RaphaelDDL

Thanks for the heads up, Raphael! I updated the site structure a while ago and will adjust my redirects to fix this issue.


Comment on Friday, September 9th, 2011 by Oscar

great post! a big thanks for all these coda books!
I've added a few ones from your list, and it's just a child's play ;)


Comment on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 by sextoy

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You just made my day! I just set these up in my fresh Coda install. So excited. Thanks!


Comment on Friday, March 9th, 2012 by Denny

Thanks for these greats ressources ! My favorite is cake php :)


Comment on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 by plancha

Thank you for this presentation. Good idea


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