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The Book of CSS3: A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design [Paperback]

Peter Gasston
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May 13 2011 1593272863 978-1593272869 1

CSS3 is the technology behind most of the eye-catching visuals on the Web today, but the official documentation can be dry and hard to follow. Luckily, The Book of CSS3 distills the heady technical language of the CSS3 specification into plain English, so you can get started on your next project right away.

With real-world examples and a focus on results, The Book of CSS3 shows you how to transform ordinary text into stunning, richly detailed web pages fit for any browser. You'll master the latest cutting-edge CSS features, like multi-column layouts, borders and box effects, and new color and opacity settings. You'll also learn how to:

  • Stylize text with fully customizable outlines, drop shadows, and other effects
  • Create, position, and resize unlimited background images on the fly
  • Spice up static web pages with event-driven transitions and animations
  • Apply 2D and 3D transformations to text and images
  • Use linear and radial gradients to create smooth color transitions
  • Tailor a website's appearance to smartphones and other devices

From the simplest blog layout to the most feature-rich web portal, The Book of CSS3 puts the whole wide world of web design at your fingertips. The future of web design is now—what will you create with it?


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About the Author

Peter Gasston has been a web developer for over 10 years in both agency and corporate settings. He was one of the original contributors to CSS3.info, the leading online destination for CSS3. Peter has been published in the UK's .net magazine, gives talks about CSS and web technologies at developer conferences, and runs the web development blog Broken Links. He lives in London, England.


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4.0 out of 5 stars CSS3 rules explained July 26 2011
By mko TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Peter is perfectly right with his introduction to the book ' 'Let me tell you a little about who I think you are: You're a web professional who's been hand-coding HTML and CSS (')'. This sentence, probably, describes most of the home grown HTML developers around the world. If you are working with CSS and you want to know what to expect when it comes to CSS3 this book sound to be quite useful. Peter goes over the features of CSS3 while at the same time presenting them in a structured way. He discuses particular rule, shows examples of the usage, and, at the end of each chapter, summarizes their support within most commonly used web engines: WebKit, Firefox, Opera, and IE. You will find this list again within appendix ' this way you can easily check whether particular feature is missing or not within given Web browser.

When it comes to the content, it turned out that I am really a casual user of CSS. There are many rules that I was not aware of. This way, I was able to learn new stuff. On the other hand, I think that material is quite demanding for the reader. As Peter states at the beginning of the book: 'The Book of CSS3 helps you leverage the excellent knowledge you have of CSS2.1 in order to make learning CSS3 easier. I won't explain the fundamentals of CSS'. This is true indeed. You have to have the knowledge of basics in order to benefit from the book. I suggest getting some other position that will teach you CSS from the scratch before targeting this one. What I can definitely say about the book is it's style. It suits me. Peter simply focuses on the matter itself. However, keep it mind that book is not for a beginners.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buy other better css books Nov. 12 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hi All:

I am truly disappoint with the book. The book has a website but there is no link to download the code for the book. In addition, I send an email to the author to ask him if he could send me the code but no reply. I am trying to learn css and I brought several books from amazon and they all hav web sites to download the code for the book. I am really shock of the good reviews for this book because after I received the book from www.amazon.com I find it unreadable. The book doesnot show full examples but show pieces of code which is useless if you want to try out the full example in a browser. I recommend people buy other books such as "Visual Quickstart Guide Css3" or "Css Mastery Advanced Web Standards Solutions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of CSS3 Sept. 12 2011
By Tami Brady HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
CSS has such potential. Even in its infancy, it's absolutely revolutionized the way that we create websites allowing us to create templates across our entire website saving a lot of time, effort, and space. No more hardcoding every little detail (repeatedly) into the html or treating each page of a website almost like a site in and of itself. Using CSS, websites can now be designed how we want rather than just coded to be functional.

CSS3 provides even more exciting possibilities. Using these new expressions, we can make websites that look less boxy, smooth out the headings, create more usable images, and find better ways to deal with different browsers and media. Of course, as with CSS in general, standardization is a problem. Different browsers interpret CSS differently, sometimes extremely so. Now, added into the mix, there's the complication of different media such as phones and tablets accessing our websites.

The Book of CSS3 provides a nice overview of the features of CSS3. While not all browsers can cope with these new expressions, there are a few tricks that we can use right now. Throughout the various chapters and also in the appendix, there are handy charts showing which browsers support these applications.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about CSS3 June 4 2011
By Michael Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
First off, let me start by saying that this book is not intended for beginners. This book expects you to have experience in HTML and CSS coding at an intermediate level. The main focus of this book is to teach the audience features in CSS3.

When you begin reading this book, you will realize that this book is loaded with sample codes and its output within the chapters of the book. The sample codes are clean and easy to read. To fully benefit from this book it is recommended that you test out the coding yourself to see exactly how it works.

Peter's style of writing is clear, simple, and to the point. He is on track and guides the audience at a nice pace. Despite the fact that this book is very in depth in material and codes, it does tend to get dry in certain areas.

As a bonus, the author includes a section towards the end of the book which lists the current major browsers that supports CSS3 and its features. He also lists online resources to learn more about CSS3 and provides tools to help you in your programming.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book for an experienced web designer.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CSS3 rules explained July 26 2011
By mko - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Peter is perfectly right with his introduction to the book - "Let me tell you a little about who I think you are: You're a web professional who's been hand-coding HTML and CSS (...)". This sentence, probably, describes most of the home grown HTML developers around the world. If you are working with CSS and you want to know what to expect when it comes to CSS3 this book sound to be quite useful. Peter goes over the features of CSS3 while at the same time presenting them in a structured way. He discuses particular rule, shows examples of the usage, and, at the end of each chapter, summarizes their support within most commonly used web engines: WebKit, Firefox, Opera, and IE. You will find this list again within appendix - this way you can easily check whether particular feature is missing or not within given Web browser.

When it comes to the content, it turned out that I am really a casual user of CSS. There are many rules that I was not aware of. This way, I was able to learn new stuff. On the other hand, I think that material is quite demanding for the reader. As Peter states at the beginning of the book: "The Book of CSS3 helps you leverage the excellent knowledge you have of CSS2.1 in order to make learning CSS3 easier. I won't explain the fundamentals of CSS". This is true indeed. You have to have the knowledge of basics in order to benefit from the book. I suggest getting some other position that will teach you CSS from the scratch before targeting this one. What I can definitely say about the book is it's style. It suits me. Peter simply focuses on the matter itself. However, keep it mind that book is not for a beginners.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars catalog of amazing capabilities June 7 2011
By Philip Greenspun - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a good catalog of the surprisingly powerful features available in CSS3, e.g., a 3D flying logo like TV stations had back in the 1980s. The book is organized by type of feature rather than by project or goal, so it is useful as a survey of what CSS3 can do and then useful as a reference. For a tutorial you'd want something organized by project and example.

I give the book four stars rather than five because there isn't much explanation for when or why you'd want to use particular features. Also, the examples seem contrived rather than lifted from real style sheets.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thorough examination of the present and potential uses of CSS3 June 17 2011
By Webuquerque - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a professional level book, meant for developers already capable with CSS. Gasston does an effective job of describing all the currently practical and theoretically useful capabilities of CSS 3. He approaches each topic by starting with a high level explanation of the syntax for each CSS 3 property. He then gives a brief but practical code example accompanied by a black and white figure showing the effect of the code snippet.

If there are a number of ways the CSS can be used to create different effects, Gasston goes through each one. For examples, he has numerous examples of what can be done with multiple columns and gradients. He lists which browsers (if any) support the property now and which browsers have promised support in the near future. If browser specific prefixes are needed for properties, he specifies which ones.

The chapters are arranged in an order that takes the reader from parts of CSS 3 that are immediately useful and dependable to things that are still theoretical and not yet implemented. There are two appendices. One collects all the browser support data from each individual chapter and property. The other is an excellent set of links for online resources.

I think this book would be most useful to a developer as a reference. Keep it on a nearby shelf and grab it when you need to check on how to do something or check on what needs a browser prefix or check or the syntax needed to accomplish a particular effect. It's immediately useful, but it will also be there with solid information as some of the not-yet-implemented aspects of CSS 3 come into common use.

I can certainly understand the decision by an author and publisher to keep the cost of a book down by going with only black and white, but this book would have benefited from color. I have a trivial complaint that has nothing to do with the quality of the content of the book. The paper used for the cover has some sort of coating that makes it feel greasy. It doesn't actually make your fingers greasy, of course, but I had the urge to wash my hands every time I touched the book. A disconcerting sensation that was distracting to me.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CSS3 Revealed May 22 2011
By Andy Shuping - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was provided access by O'Reilly Publishing to an electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Peter writes the book as if you already have experience using and understanding basic CSS concepts and HTML, so if you're looking for a book to teach you CSS then you'll want a different guide. If however, you want a book that shows you some of the features of CSS3 you're in the right place. Peter has been writing about CSS3 for over 5 years and and in this book he covers some features of CSS3. Each chapter covers a new feature of CSS3, how to use it in clear and easy to understand code to follow, and which browsers currently support the feature. Some of the features covered include media queries--which is useful in designing websites for both full screen and mobile use; using gradients with color backgrounds; and 3D transformation, such as having an image rotate around an axis. The book is also accompanied by a website for future updates and an appendix with online resources to use, learn, and test CSS3.

I really like how this book is written and laid out. Peter does a good job of explaining in simple, easy to understand language what's going on with the feature being discussed and how to replicate the feature using the code provided in the examples. He walks through it step by step, explaining it in simple easy to understand language--no deciphering of incomprehensible technical speak here. While he can't highlight every feature, Peter has chosen the ones that are likely to be most useful at this time (and are the most developed/accepted), such as media queries for mobile use, the transitions and animations, gradients, etc. The appendixes are also helpful as one covers what features are supported by what browsers (even though this duplicates what's at the end of the chapters it's nice to have it one place) and an appendix on various web tools that help you generate code as well as test it.

Even though not all of the features can be used at the time, its still a useful book and a handy reference to have around. Highly recommend it.
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