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Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with HTML5 and CSS3 (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter) Paperback – December 24, 2011

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Dan Cederholm is a designer, author, speaker, husband, and father living in Massachusetts. He’s the Founder and Principal of SimpleBits LLC, a tiny design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based web design, Dan has worked with YouTube, Microsoft, Google, MTV, ESPN, Electronic Arts, Blogger, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and others. Dan is co-founder and designer of Dribbble, a vibrant community for sharing screenshots of your work. His other bestselling books include CSS3 For Web Designers and Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design. He’s currently an aspiring clawhammer banjoist and occasionally wears a baseball cap.

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  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 3 edition (December 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321808355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321808356
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Cederholm is a Web designer and author living in Massachusetts. He's the founder of SimpleBits, a tiny design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based Web design, Dan has worked with Google, MTV, ESPN, Fast Company, Blogger, Odeo, and others. He embraces flexible, adaptable design using Web standards through his design work, writing, and speaking. Dan is the author of two best-selling books: Bulletproof Web Design (New Riders) and Web Standards Solutions (Friends of ED). Dan also runs the popular weblog SimpleBits, where he writes articles and commentary on the Web, technology, and life. He also plays a mean ukulele and occasionally wears a baseball cap.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By J. Padgett on January 30, 2012
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As the owner of the first edition of the book, I immediately bought this 3rd Edition when I saw it available for Kindle. This would be a five-star book for someone who has taken the past five or ten years off from designing, but only warrants three stars as a current publication. Unfortunately the author (whom I admire and follow online) left a lot of material from the first edition intact. Thus probably 25% of the book is devoted to educating us on the downsides of designing web pages with table-based layouts, the examples of which are taken from websites dating back to 2005 in some cases. This was clearly a fresh perspective back then, heralding the approach of vastly superior CSS-based layouts, but is old news today. Spending the first pages of every chapter demonstrating why table-based layouts are inferior is essentially a waste of space. To his credit, he does provide CSS solutions to the problems detailed in the book, including some use of CSS3 for rounded corners, gradients, etc., but it seems a real opportunity was missed to spend more time on those solutions. All in all the book is solid in its information and advice, but devotes too much space to presenting and analyzing outdated practices. I hope the fourth edition will be a complete rewrite with more useful substance for present-day designers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simcat on August 17, 2012
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If you have previous editions of this book and want to get this one as an update my opinion is to save your money.

I was especially looking forward to the final chapter and it turned out to be a big disappointment. Just when you want to put it all together he seems to skim through the project. It also seems to be incomplete. He goes ahead and styles his Bagel page nicely leaving the reader without assets, incomplete styling examples with no downloads at all?

If you are looking to learn Responsive Web Design and are familiar with CSS go I'd find a more complete book on the subject. If you are learning CSS just pick up the previous edition for cheap.

I'd give the 2nd edition x4 stars and the 3rd edition x2 just because of the last chapter.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TexasWebDevelopers on April 19, 2012
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This was an excellent overview of the best practices in html coding and a must-read for beginners. Moving away from layouts in tables and to HTML5 for content and CSS3 for design elements is certainly nothing new, but the book contains a wealth of tips and tricks that will definitely benefit the intermediate designer. I purchased the book eager to read the last chapter on responsive design with media queries. This was the only disappointing chapter in the book for me. (In a nutshell, in a responsive design the user will experience a different layout depending on the media used to access the page. So a site will look great on a 60" television, a PC, an iPad, or an android phone without the developer or designer having to create multiple web sites for each user experience. "Design once and run anywhere.") This area of coding is changing so fast that it is easier to stay "leading edge" via web sites and forums dedicated to responsive design rather than through "dead tree" printed publications. All-in-all, though, it's a great book and I highly recommend it for your technology library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Retz on June 13, 2013
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I found this book to be enlightening on many points, and yet disappointing in others. I was under the impression this book was going to teach me how to use many of the new HTML5 and CSS3 features. To my dismay it focused largely on a How-To approach to design flexible and scalable web sites. It did a good job of illustrating how a designer should always keep a separation of concerns between the content and the design/layout of a web site. As a long-time Software Engineer this concept was not new to me, but it is always interesting to see someone else's approach to the problem. Because of this I would recommend this book for the beginner web designer to start you off on the right foot designing solid yet scalable web sites.

I really appreciated the logical sequence the author used to lay out the problem scenarios with clear concise examples. They were very matter of fact and easy to understand. Most of the problem web sites were initially designed with table-based layouts. They were then redesigned using DIV tags, a few new HTML5 and CSS3 features to control the layout and flexible design of the new web site. There were quite a few tips and tricks throughout the book. I was happy to learn those new techniques and will be sure to use them in the future. I was really looking forward to learning about responsive web design through the use of media queries, but I was disappointed when this book did not go into much depth on this topic and only illustrated one small example. I feel I will need to review many of the new HTML5 and CSS3 features in depth, along with media queries to learn them on my own.
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By Shane on May 28, 2013
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This is a great book to use to get ideas to update an old web site to make the new website more nimble. Spoiler alert! Tables bad (unless the data is a set of rows and columns). CSS with very minimal html markup good. He's right.

The chapters start off with a table designed web site and show how to change to a less complicated CSS layout with an identical look. That is useful.

The author assumes that you have some CSS and HTML background. It is a beginner book, but not for complete newbies.

The author touted the benefits of using "em" instead of "px" to make sites bulletproof, then continues to use "px" almost everywhere for the rest of the book. I thought that was hilarious.

All in all, I really liked the book. The reading was easy. The samples were complete, except for the last chapter. You do have to go to the author's website to get the sample downloads. I couldn't find a reference to the website or resource download in the book.

The only major bummer had nothing to do with the book itself. I have the pdf version of the book. The pdf is read and write protected. I like to use Acrobat for highlighting and adding my own notes, which was impossible.
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