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HTML5 and CSS3: Develop with Tomorrow's Standards Today Paperback – Jan 17 2011
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""Overall, I found this book to be extremely readable; I also found several specific pieces of information that will be useful to me immediately and that I haven't seen elsewhere, including a recommendation for a program to see how pages will look in all versions of Internet Explorer."" - Vulcan Ears Book Review
About the Author
Brian Hogan has been developing web sites professionally since 1995 as a freelancer and consultant. He currently builds web applications using Ruby, jQuery, HTML 5, and CSS 3. He enjoys teaching and writing about technology, particularly web design and development. He is also an advocate of accessibility for the disabled, particularly as it pertains to the visually impaired. When not experimenting with web-based languages and technology, he's... well, who are we kidding? He's always hacking on something.
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If you are a computer programmer or an advanced back-end web developer, I guess this book might be four or five star quality.
However, for web designers (who are more into "front end" designing, not behind-the-scenes scripting) and for graphic designers who dabble in web page design/ web graphics, I can't rate this above a two out of five.
I thought the book would be longer or more in-depth than it is, but most sections in the book are quite short.
I also agree with another reviewer that the book is, aside from one or two humorous spots, quite dull (the author is friendly and does have a good sense of humor, but most of the book doesn't reflect this). Because of the dullness, I almost didn't finish reading it.
Before purchasing any book from Amazon, I first read the product description thoroughly, and I also read the customer reviews, both negative and positive.
If there is a "search inside this book" option available, I look at that too.
I don't have a lot of money to spend, so I have to be sure the book I'm getting will meet my needs. Based on what I saw of this book on Amazon, this looked like it would be good for me.
If I had known the book was geared towards those who are experts at Java Script, jQuery, and servers, I would have gone with a different book.
If you've never worked in vector software before, you might find the discussion on Bezier curves in chapter 11, page 217, confusing.
If you're a graphic designer or a web designer (especially a web designer who never took scripting or programming classes), I don't think you'll get much use from this book.
I found some of the content confusing and could not understand it.
Some of the CSS 3 information in this book was okay, but other CSS 3 books currently for sale have a lot more information than this one, and have tutorials and links to additional material.
While I will admit that the subject (HTML 5 / CSS 3) doesn't quite lend itself to a straightforward explanation-- this book offers little more than what can be discovered reading the W3C Dev Guide ( [...] ) or the actual Spec for adventurous souls with a pretty solid background understanding of web development jargon ( [...] )
The rest of the book is a modified cookbook of How To's -- not being a big fan of cookbook-style development books since nine times out of ten, the 'best practice' of how to accomplish something in the field can turn on a dime with a single blog post by some bright developer, this is where the bulk of my disappointment came from.
With that all said, and after paging through a couple HTML 5 & CSS 3 books at my local bookseller, this book is still one of the better books out there on the subject-- a compliment to the author and publisher.
So, to sum it up, at least in my opinion:
- It doesn't cover the spec in detail, only focusing on the poster child new elements/attributes like <header>, <footer>, <article>, and autofocus.
- It wastes time on things it even admits are no longer in the html 5 Spec.
Even with that said, I wouldn't even say its a good book for people JUST getting their feet wet in html / css since it doesn't cover them in enough detail to really understand how to properly, semantically markup content and present it to the user.
I eagerly await a 2nd edition of this one-- maybe by then HTML 5 and CSS3 will be more solidly defined and implemented to the point where the author can really make it come to life.