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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (Sept. 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596159900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596159900
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Elisabeth Robson is co-founder of Wickedly Smart, an education company devoted to helping customers gain mastery in web technologies. She’s co-author of three bestselling books, Head First Design Patterns, Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML and Head First HTML5 Programming.

Eric Freeman is described by Head First series co-creator Kathy Sierra as “one of those rare individuals fluent in the language, practice, and culture of multiple domains from hipster hacker, to corporate VP, engineer, think tank." Professionally, Eric recently ended nearly a decade as a media company executive, having held the position of CTO of Disney Online & at The Walt Disney Company. Eric is now devoting his time to and lives with his wife and young daughter on Bainbridge Island. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University.

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This is an easy to read and follow book with a lot of examples. I never felt lost or as if the author had taken leaps I couldn't follow. Also, there are several different ways each subject is presented, so there is sufficient reiteration without being boring. Also, the different methods complement one another, especially for different people that might be inclined to learn in different ways.
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By Bruno L on Oct. 23 2013
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Head First series are quite good. It takes some time to go through them, they are pretty big books. Learning style is.. repeat, repeat, and repeat again. Works for me! Good place to start for HTML
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By Sergius on April 21 2013
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I am very glad, and with this book I will make the first steps in HTML. It is easiest way to learn.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Beginner Book on HTML and CSS Sept. 12 2012
By David Hayden - Published on
Format: Paperback
I like both Head First HTML and CSS as well as Head First HTML5 Programming by Eric and Elisabeth. This book is clearly intended for the beginner, teaching the basics and fundamentals of using HTML and CSS to design web pages. It assumes no experience or pre-existing knowledge on HTML and CSS. It starts you learning from scratch and slowly builds upon that knowledge over the course of the book.

As with all Head First Books, there are lots of images, games, and exercises to help reinforce the information taught in the book. Some people do not like this style of writing, and I will admit it took me some time to get used to it, too. Therefore, although the information presented is top-notch, you may want to thumb through the pages to verify you like the style of writing before making the purchase.

The focus of the book is on teaching HTML and CSS. The book does not help you set-up an environment to create and serve web pages using an HTML Editor and Web Server. Therefore, you will need to look elsewhere for that information. The book does point to some resources at the end of the book ( under things they don't cover ), but you are on your own in finding an editor and installing a web server to view the HTML and CSS. Of course, you may not need a web server depending on your development needs.

Don't expect coverage on advanced HTML and CSS features. Again, the book teaches you the fundamentals and prepares you for more advanced concepts. This is strictly a beginner book and intermediate and advanced web designers and web developers will be bored with the information (unless like me you plan to use this information to teach and guide others).

I highly recommend this book to those completely new to HTML and CSS and those who will enjoy the writing style of the Head First Series of books! After reading this, I highly recommend Head First HTML5 Programming to learn JavaScript and more advanced features in HTML5!
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Makes HTML Fun Feb. 3 2013
By Carrie L Knaggs - Published on
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It is as if a technical manual and Christopher Moore had a baby. It is fun to read and quick to learn. I was making rudimentary web pages in just a couple of days. I had absolutely no previous experience with HTML at all before picking this book up. My experience with webpages and blogging were limited to the free subscription to Wordpress. Now I am about 1/4 of the way into the book and already have a website that I built myself running through a hosting company and up on the web for the world to see. Each day, I learn a little something new and am able to apply it immediately. It is exciting and fun! Even though they say you can go through the entire book without getting a hosting company, I strongly suggest you make the effort necessary to get hooked up to the internet. The lessons come fast and are easy to comprehend and put to action BUT I find it vital to practice each lesson on my own to memorize them thoroughly. That is done by playing with my own website, building different parts of it according to what I am learning in the book. This is where most of my time is spent. Getting MY OWN work loaded up onto my own hosting server then being able to get online and see MY site, written completely from scratch by me is unbelievably satisfying. I am sure that I will be buying other books to get a deeper knowledge of HTML and CSS but this book has completely removed any doubts of my ability to do this. I CAN WRITE HTML and CSS! Very cool!
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Good book for newbies and ADHD types...BUT download files COMPLETELY screwed up Jan. 27 2013
By SquirrelGirl - Published on
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REVISION...I'm now working on Chapter 11, and it's an absolute mess. On their website, the files for Chapter 11 are most likely labeled Chapter 12. Other readers have posted in the forum about being confused, and the author just writes back something like "just check the completed files from Chapter 11." I don't think she's listening AT ALL. There are serious issues with the downloads. The .zip files are numbered correctly, but when they expand, the files are NOT labeled in such a way that you can find what you're looking for. I reduced my rating from 5 stars to 3 stars until they do something about it. Otherwise, read on for my previous review.

I'd have to say that this book is amusing to say the least. The authors definitely have a sense of humor, and have presented the information in a way that's got true variety. It's ALL over the place. Which makes it a little hard if you buy the book only to learn the CSS, which is technically jumping in at Chapter 7 or so.

I was formerly a technical trainer with Apple Computer, and we used many of these techniques and creative exercises in our training for tech support agents. Not an endorsement...just an observation.

If you were a brand new user, and used the book start to finish, I would say this is a really good book to start with. It seems to build on exercises and concepts from the beginning. I think the way the information is presented takes longer than other books I've been working through, but it's thorough and makes sure that the reader understands the "how and why."

It acknowledges the fact that we are all not rocket scientists, and that we all have not-so-dumb-questions. I learned HTML back in the mid 1990s, but never kept up with it. So I understand the HTML, but needed to learn more about CSS. I was baffled by the format at first, but after a few chapters, I realized that it was just reinforcing concepts. In a humorous way.

CAVEAT, if you are someone who appreciates structure and likes the "traditional" how-to may have difficulties with this format. My fiancee, a true programmer, purchased one of the books in this series and was extremely frustrated by the non-linear presentation of information. He claims it's because he's anal retentive, because "he's a programmer."

I CAN give the book a great rating on the ability to visually explain concepts like "float" and the "flow" of your web pages. There are comments on every diagram to make sure that the user understands exactly what's happening. I'm only on Chapter 11 now, but I think I'll be able to create the format I'm looking for after completing the book.

The only negative was downloading the files...I downloaded the complete set of files from their website, but it was missing items. Not all exercises are labeled with chapter numbers, so it made it difficult. I did notice that the website also had the files by chapter individually, and perhaps that would work better.

Overall, I'd recommend the book.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Must-Have For Any Web Develeper Sept. 23 2012
By Larry - Published on
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I loved the first version of this book and feel the exact same way about the second. They kept the good stuff from the first version (i.e. all of it!) and added information on things like the new HTML 5 tags, Web fonts, and how URLs work.

I taught an "Introduction to Java" programming course for years and before we got into the nuts and bolts of the language the students always wanted to know about programming for the Web. I always - always - told them to buy this book. Period.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Even experienced developers will learn something new Jan. 20 2013
By C.O. Bowers - Published on
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I've been a professional developer for nearly 10 years. I regularly write server side code that generates HTML. Needless to say, I already knew quite a bit about HTML & CSS before I started this book. What I realized while I was reading this book though was, you can do a lot of stuff without KNOWING exactly what you're doing. What I mean is, through googling and referencing other pages, a good developer can create a page without understanding everything they've done. This book is really about knowledge. It gives you context as to WHY you should be doing something, and not just HOW to do it. I feel very strongly that every developer that creates any page should read this book. Even if you're really good with HTML & CSS, I would bet that you will find something in each and every chapter that you didn't know. Also, it really doesn't take long to get through this book. Commit to a chapter a day, and you've got the whole book done in under two weeks. It will make you a better developer, and make the web a better place. So, do yourself and the web a favor, and BUY THIS BOOK!