CSS: The Missing Manual Paperback – Aug 31 2009
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It won't help you design a web site (see something like The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks, and Hacks and the CSS Zen Garden website for that), but you will understand the key concepts of CSS and probably use it in a more effective and methodical way as a result.
Sadly there isn't so much as a cheat sheet included so even if you fully understand CSS after reading this book, unless you are blessed with a photographic memory, you will need to find a good cheat sheet to list all the available selectors, properties, and property values. Fortunately there are several free ones available to choose from on the internet.
However, I won't fault this book for that. Imho, CSS is designed to be used by both artists and folks with an engineer background, but neither audience are likely to be extremely pleased with the end result so expecting a book about css to entertain anyone is expecting too much.
With that out of the way, this book is solid if you can stick with it.
It isn't really a reference and advanced css users won't find anything new in here, but if you are totally new to CSS or if you learned css on the go during projects and you feel that there are gaps in your css knowledge (I fell in the later category when I got the book), then I heavily recommend it.
The author takes his time explaining everything in some details, gives pertinent examples (without getting too engrossed in them at the expense of what he's trying to explain), gives plenty of illustrations to show what he's talking about (which is important for something as visual as CSS) and even includes a tutorial at the end of each chapter.
Also, the author doesn't lose track of the fact that his readers will want to apply what he's talking about in real world project so to that end, he discuss regular pitfalls of css development (ex: browser defaults) and how to address them. He also does a good job at discussing in what context some features are desirable.
The book does have some flaws...
In the tutorials, I find that the author doesn't put enough emphasis on the end result he wants to achieve.Read more ›
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Not that great. There are better CSS guides out there that are more up to date.Published 18 months ago by Aro
Great lessons with a great attitude.
Some errors that I needed to report, but the author is quite responsive.
Great value. Highly recommended.
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