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About the Author
Raffaele Cecco is a veteran software developer from the European video games industry. He served as Technical Director at London-based software studio King of the Jungle Ltd, where he created software for clients such as Hasbro and Virgin. He has also worked with web technologies and retail e-commerce systems.
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The next chapters concern page enhancing techniques like scrolling effects, ui-libraries and shows the best way to create user interface elements form scratch. Al these chapters are a fine introduction for the more performance hungry subjects of games.
The second part of the book dicusses games, staring with a DHTML version of space invaders. This game example incorporates a lot previeous learned techniques en demonstrates the power and performance of well used DHTML.
Of course the power of the newer toys are easy to see with the examples in the book for example the ( recursive ) tree example is a brilliant example of the performance of the canvas element. The bigger part of this book emphasizes on the canvas element. The book clearly demonstrates the posibillities and raw power of the element.
At first the mix of topics seemed strange to me, however the chapter were really fun to read and I will definitilly use Google Charts in upcoming projects if needed. jQuery Mobile is equally interesting, though personally I would probably take a more responsive way in the future with embedding the touch events into a global library for websites.
Disclaimer: I was provided access by O'Reilly Publishing to an electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
I've wracked my brain to think of a shortcoming of the book. Certainly Cecco's writing style is pleasant and accessible, the examples given are straightforward, useful, and never esoteric, and it's even organized nicely, flowing from one related subject to the next. I guess if I had to identify one issue, it's that at 280 pages it's a little too short. In the future I'd love to see more from the author on the same subject.
Disclosure: This book was provided by O'Reilly Media as part of their blogger review program
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