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Pro HTML5 Programming: Powerful APIs for Richer Internet Application Development [Paperback]

Peter Lubbers , Brian Albers , Frank Salim
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Nov. 29 2011 143023864X 978-1430238645 2
HTML5 is here, and with it, web applications have acquired power, ease, scalability, and responsiveness like never before. With this book, developers will learn how to use the latest cutting-edge HTML5 web technology-available in the most recent versions of modern browsers-to build web applications with unparalleled functionality, speed, and responsiveness. /> /> This new edition includes major revisions for WebSockets functionality, reflecting the new W3C specification. It also features new chapters covering the drag-and-drop API as well as SVG. /> /> Explains how to create real-time HTML5 applications that tap the full potential of modern browsers Provides practical, real-world examples of HTML5 features in action Covers all the new HTML5 APIs to get you up-to-speed quickly with HTML5 Fully updated to include the latest revisions of the WebSocket API, and much more. What you'll learn How the HTML5 specification has evolved How to develop cutting-edge web applications using new HTML5 features like WebSockets, geolocation, web storage, Canvas, and audio/video Which features are available in modern browsers Who this book is for Web designers and developers who want to use the latest cutting-edge technology available in current browsers Developers who want to create dynamic, HTML5 web applications Developers who want to know which HTML5 features are supported by modern browsers Table of Contents Overview of HTML5 Using the Canvas API Working With Scalable Vector Graphics Working with Audio and Video Using the Geolocation API Using the Communication APIs Using the WebSocket API Using the Forms API Working with Drag-and-Drop Using the Web Workers API Using the Storage APIs Creating Offline Web Applications The Future of HTML5

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Peter Lubbersis the director of documentation and training at Kaazing Corporation and the co-founder of the San Francisco HTML5 User Group. Peter also teaches HTML5 training courses all over the world. Prior to joining Kaazing, Peter worked as an information architect at Oracle, where he wrote many books, including the award-winningOracle Application Server Portal Configuration Guide. At Oracle, Peter also developed documentation automation solutions, and two of his inventions are patented. A native of the Netherlands, Peter served as a Special Forces commando in the Royal Dutch Green Berets. Peter lives on the edge of the Tahoe National Forest and in his spare time, he loves to run ultra marathons in the Sierra Nevada foothills and around Lake Tahoe (preferably in one go!).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Feb. 1 2012
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I've had the chances of reading some really incredible programming books (Scott's Meyer's C++ books, Mark Lutz' introduction to Python book, Bear Bibeault & Yehuda Katz's jQuery book, just to name a few) and while this is a good book (I read this one and two others and this is the best one of the three), it falls short of the standard of a truly great books (more on that later).

This book is an introduction to HTML5, not HTML (or CSS or Javascript). This is what I expected and it's better this way for new entrants who are already familiar with HTML 4, but if you have never done html/javascript/css, then you'd be better served reading a truly basic entry-level book or at least do a couple of tutorials before reading this book.

In terms of coverage for HTML5, the author does give you references, talks about the state of HTML5, detecting browser incompatibility and generally does a decent job at discussing the degree of adoption for the technologies he introduces in the book, though he doesn't do a perfect job, so occasionally, you'll want to take a look at one of the reference web sites he gives earlier in the book to see the state of browser compatibility. Furthermore, that part of the book obviously won't age well, so if you see that book without a new edition (second as of this writing) several years now, look elsewhere. Currently, however, the author also does a good job at covering technologies that have gained widespread acceptance or that are gaining traction.

In terms of pedagogical style, the author is a bit inconsistent at times, at least in the beginning of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best guides with lots of advanced info Dec 6 2011
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This is a brief review (and NOT on the Kindle edition -- take note). I researched several HTML 5 titles, and this seemed to be the best written and covered most of the new and hard stuff about HTML 5 (and it's the 2nd edition about a rapidly changing standard). I appreciate how the book did not try to start from scratch, but covered selected topics in depth. SVG, Drag and Drop, Audio/Video, Canvas, etc. I actually like this book better than the various Oreilly guides. Other reviews will probably point out errors and corrections, but I can safely say that this book covered things at precisely the level of detail I needed. I'll try to update this review when I finish. This is another winner by Apress.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Detail explanation and practical for powerful technology Oct. 16 2012
By Adlan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is good. It explains features in latest HTML5 technology. It is great to guide me through the new technology practice. It gives you new ideas on how to make the impressive UX development. Each API explained does solve real life issues. However, because the technology is new and not that stable in current stage, some APIs used, are in the mid of process going abandoned. It is also lucky that, new replacement APIs are not that far different. Overall, this book can inspire you to develop a better UX.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, Hit the mark. March 29 2012
By Darryl J. Parks - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to agree with Robert Nagle, this is a good book. It provides the right amount of detail and coverage on each topic. It also gives a wide coverage of HTML5 features. I think a couple of minor improvements could be made, but overall I was impressed with the book. BobD is correct in that HTML5 is not ready for prime time, but that's not the fault of the book. HTML5 is currently over-hyped. Being in development I want to keep up on what's new in the field and the buzz around HTML5 made me want to do a deeper dive and this book took care of the need for me. I do a more complete review here: [ ... ]
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3.0 out of 5 stars HTML5 not ready for Prime Time Dec 21 2011
By RED - Published on Amazon.com
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The biggest disappointment with the book was the subject itself. HTML5 is difficult to take seriously for other than experimental use because of the lack of good browser support. After reading the statement in the book about HTML5 not being finalized until 2022, my jaw dropped. After testing one of the books examples with real browsers, Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla 4.0 and Safari 5.1.2, only Safari was at all useful. For now, HTML5 books should be relegated to the fiction shelf.
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