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CSS3 Foundations 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1118356548
ISBN-10: 1118356543
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TAKE YOUR WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT KNOW-HOW TO AN EXCITING NEW LEVEL

Html is fun when you’re first learning how to use it to build a website. But when you add CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to the mix, the experience—and your web pages—become magical. CSS3 Foundations takes you beyond the pre-fab themes and simple site-building tools found in most books, and provides you with the knowledge and tools you need to turn humdrum words and images into dazzling websites that draw visitors in and make them want to stay.

Whether you’re a novice or an experience developer who’d like to take your skills to the next level, word-class developer Ian Lunn fills you in on all the CSS3 you need to know, including how to:

  • Develop with CSS for desktop and mobile browsers
  • Master CSS syntax
  • Create multi-column page layouts
  • Use media types and media queries
  • Manipulate text and fonts
  • Execute visual formatting
  • Jazz up your pages with transforms
  • Bring pages to life with transitions and animations
  • Build cross-browser compatible websites
  • Fine-tune your workflow with best practices

Like all the books in the Treehouse series, CSS3 Foundations is designed to help you expand your skill set and broaden your professional horizons, whether you’re a hobbyist looking to go pro, a freelancer who wants to expand your client base, or an entrepreneur who want to know how to create a website fully customized for your company and your market niche.

About the Author

Ian Lunn (@IanLunn) is a freelance front end developer, passionate about building the future of the web using technologies such as CSS3 and HTML5. With a Higher National Diploma in Internet Technology, Ian combines his education with expertise in CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and WordPress to build creative and effective websites and applications.

Treehouse is a consortium of web and software designers and developers whose mission is to bring affordable technology education to people everywhere, in order to help them achieve their dreams and change the world. In keeping with that mission, the Treehouse Series of books are authorized by experts and loaded with innovative design ideas and practical skill -building instruction. If you're a web developer, web designer, hobbyist, or career -changer, every book in the series belongs on your bookshelf.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118356543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118356548
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Maxwell Edison VINE VOICE on June 19, 2013
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I really like CSS3: The Missing Manual but this new book gives it a run for the money. "CSS3 Foundations" does what its title says -- it provides a solid intro to the underlying concepts of CSS.

I think both books present the info well, although I think this Treehouse book gets the nod for overall visual presentation and layout clarity. "The Missing Manual" (at the time I'm writing this) is cheaper, though. You can't go wrong with either volume.

If you pick up the excellent HTML5 Foundations (Treehouse Book Series) and you like its tone and how it presents info, get this CSS3 book, too. Although they're written to be fine as stand-alones, for general comprehension they make a good pair.
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This book does what it advertised, and is a great pickup to anyone just getting into web design. I was mostly disappointed that the book fails to address performance concerns when using certain style properties and which properties are GPU accelerated. A great starter book, but is lacking techincal details.
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My first impression of CSS3 Foundations ... it's a masterpiece! Its a necessary book for any web designer's library. Ian Lunn managed to do what 2 years in college couldn't do he taught me how to properly use CSS3. No long boring explanations or outdated techniques are used in this book. Instead Ian takes you through the journey of creating a website using cutting-edge techniques.

The section on transforms and animations alone was an amazing read. It helped me finally understand how to use it correctly. No one has managed to explain these techniques to me in a way I can understand. Reading blog posts and documentations always left me scratching my head and left me asking more questions. However, reading this book left me feeling like the author was sitting across the table from me and taking his time to clearly explain every little thing.

If I was to review this book in one paragraph I would describe it as a cleverly written book that takes the reader through the steps of creating a website. Assuming you know nothing about CSS3 everything is explained and nothing is left in question. The book is easy to read but doesn't make you feel dumb for reading it. Treehouse has really done an amazing job creating this book and I have already placed this book right above my desk for easy access. If you are new or been in the web game forever this book is an excellent source of information.

If you are on the fence about getting this book or looking for an excellent source for CSS3 then this is the only book you will need. Take the time to read it and you won't be sorry.
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The review I wrote prior to this one was for a related book by a different author. The other book was HTML5 Foundations, by Matt West. The other book was easier for me to understand and follow. But I think that's because of relative exposure. I have been working with HTML since the mid-1990s and have read several books and tutorials on it. Over the past couple of years, I have dabbled a bit with CSS. I haven't read other books on it, nor worked through any CSS tutorials (because there's only so much time in each day, and dealing with Google's Panda and Penguin soak up most of it).

So my perspective in comparing the two books is, for most metrics, not valid for most users. In the interests of accuracy and usefulness, I'll avoid going there in this review.

As with the other book, this one is technically detailed. I didn't really grasp it on first read, partly for that reason and partly due to the factors stated earlier. So, I didn't get the same buzz I got off the other book. When I finished this, I had to ask myself whose fault that was. To answer the question, I looked at Ian's methodology. Clearly, he tried to walk the reader through actual examples and build upon the learning as he went. This is essentially the methodology that Matt used in his HTML book.

The writing style was, like Matt's, clear and understandable. No "re-reads" to decipher some poorly put prose--there wasn't any such prose. My "verdict" is that Ian did an admirable job of making CSS concepts and best practices accessible to the reader.

Recently, Bruce Clay commented on my use of tables rather than "proper CSS" on one of my pages. That page also makes use of CSS, but I used tables to achieve something because that was easier for me.
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If you want a great book on how to get started as well as some advanced CSS3 Techniques, then buy this book. I have bought multiple books off amazon on the subject of CSS3. The missing manual series was good, but the problem with that series of book is that it does not stay consistent with building the same website. This book starts with the same website and then builds off that foundation so you have a tremendously better understanding of what each element does as well as why it does it. I had a very difficult time with understanding positioning elements, after going through this entire book, I feel much more comfortable with this aspect of css! The code is very well organized and each chapter is broken out separately from the starting point. This makes learning much easier do to the fact that if you have a great understanding of certain parts of css3 and need to skip around it is really easy to do so.
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