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Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with HTML5 and CSS3 (3rd Edition) Paperback – Dec 14 2011
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About the Author
Dan Cederholm is a designer, author, speaker, husband, and father living in Massachusetts. He’s the Founder and Principal of SimpleBits LLC, a tiny design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based web design, Dan has worked with YouTube, Microsoft, Google, MTV, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Blogger, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and others. Dan is co-founder and designer of Dribbble, a vibrant community for sharing screenshots of your work. His other bestselling books include CSS3 For Web Designers and Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design. He’s currently an aspiring clawhammer banjoist and occasionally wears a baseball cap.
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I was especially looking forward to the final chapter and it turned out to be a big disappointment. Just when you want to put it all together he seems to skim through the project. It also seems to be incomplete. He goes ahead and styles his Bagel page nicely leaving the reader without assets, incomplete styling examples with no downloads at all?
If you are looking to learn Responsive Web Design and are familiar with CSS go I'd find a more complete book on the subject. If you are learning CSS just pick up the previous edition for cheap.
I'd give the 2nd edition x4 stars and the 3rd edition x2 just because of the last chapter.
I really appreciated the logical sequence the author used to lay out the problem scenarios with clear concise examples. They were very matter of fact and easy to understand. Most of the problem web sites were initially designed with table-based layouts. They were then redesigned using DIV tags, a few new HTML5 and CSS3 features to control the layout and flexible design of the new web site. There were quite a few tips and tricks throughout the book. I was happy to learn those new techniques and will be sure to use them in the future. I was really looking forward to learning about responsive web design through the use of media queries, but I was disappointed when this book did not go into much depth on this topic and only illustrated one small example. I feel I will need to review many of the new HTML5 and CSS3 features in depth, along with media queries to learn them on my own.
eBook: Bulletproof Web Design
Author: Dan Cederholm
Publisher: New Riders
Publish Date: August 2005
User Group: San Diego .NET Technology Immersion Group (TIG)
Reviewer: James W. Rust, Web & Database Developer, Wine Communications Group
Bulletproof Web Design is an excellent book. It provides a good overview of the new features in HTML5 and CSS3. But, more importantly, it clearly
demonstrates how to write code that is semantically appropriate, easy to maintain and scales well for browsers in various form factors.
* This book is fairly short and very readable.
* * The subjects are presented in a logical sequence, and the author provides good explanations and background.
* * The book is filled with examples and real-world applications
* * Specific information is easy to find and can be read out of context.
* * This is not a book for an exhaustive description of all the features in HTML5 and CSS3, but it covers the highlights quite well.
* * It is not a book for beginners, but it provides excellent insights for experienced web developers ... especially ones who have developed bad coding
* I like the author's formulaic approach to various design challenges:
* * His presentation pattern is:
* * * A Common Approach
* * * Why It's Not Bulletproof
* * * A Bulletproof Approach
* * Most subjects are presented in this formula and it becomes a familiar pattern to the reader, providing excellent organization of the material
* * Most web developers I know do things as described in the "Common Approach" sections. The "Why It's Not Bulletproof" sections explain clearly why some
common approaches are less than effective. And the "Bulletproof Approach" sections show better methods of accomplishing the design goals.
* * A good example of his adherence to semantic HTML is the use of the <li> elements to create the items a navigation bar.
* Author's perspective and style
* * The author's text is easy to read and understand
* * He is clearly a strong proponent of semantic HTML, but he presents subjects in an open-minded manner.
* * I like that he gives strong rationales for his conclusions.
I enjoyed this book and plan to utilize some of the techniques it describes in some in my web development projects.