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ISBN-13: 978-1430243359
ISBN-10: 143024335X
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Marco Casario is one of the most dynamic developers and consultants in the Adobe world. He has been passionate about informatics since he was little more than a child, and used to program games in Basic for Commodore 64 before dedicating himself, while still very young, to innovative projects for the web using Flash and Director (as far back as versions 3 and 5). In 2001, he began to collaborate with Macromedia Italia. Since that year, he has produced and headed a long series of presentations, conferences and articles, which you can find listed in detail in his blog, RIAvolutionize the Web (Casario.blogs.com), which is receiving several thousands of unique visitors every day. In 2005, Marco founded Comtaste (Comtaste.com), a company dedicated to exploring new frontiers in rich Internet applications and the convergence between the web and the world of mobile devices; MobyMobile (MobyMobile.com) and YouThru (YouThru.com) are representative of their work. Marco is the is founder of the biggest worldwide Flash Lite User Group (groups.yahoo.com/group/FlashLite) and of AugItaly.com, a reference point for the Italian community of Adobe users, for which he carries out the role of channel manager for the section dedicated to Flex (AugItaly.com/FlexGala.) Marco is busy working on the development (in Flex) of a very ambitious project concerning bank counters at European level, and in various consulting and Flex and Flash Media Server training activities for the realisation of rich Internet applications on behalf of buyers of the calibre of Capgemini, IBM partners, and Adobe Systems Software Ireland, Ltd.

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Anselm Bradford is a lecturer in digital media at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, where he researches interactive media, web media, and visual communication. His experience with Internet-related development stretches back to 1996, when he hand-coded his first web site. He may be found @anselmbradford on Twitter and occasionally blogs at AnselmBradford.com.

Jonathan Reid has been building web applications professionally for almost two decades. He has built everything from simple informational websites all the way up to complex scientific and business applications, all using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. In addition Jon has worked at some of the top interactive agencies in the United States (EffectiveUI, Crispin Porter + Bogusky) and so he knows what it is like to implement difficult and complex requirements with web technologies on a tight deadline. He currently works for Google, where he is a senior developer on Google Web Designer, an HTML5 authoring tool. Jon lives in Sunnyvale with his partner of 14 years.

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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: friendsofED; 1 edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143024335X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430243359
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By astericky on October 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been reading this book for about a week and while this book is fantastic in some parts, it is severely lacking in others. Firstly, you are going to want to have a solid understanding of CSS 2.1 before you crack open this book. I think this book's single biggest weakness is the fact that it tries to be the CSS3 version of the wonderful PHP Solutions book but it fails miserably. the examples are incomplete particularly in chapter 5. Based on the title, I bought this book thinking I was getting something along the lines of the PHP Solutions book. This book tries to do it and then just doesn't do it. It's so jarring. One example has step by step instructions and the next they paste a few snippets of code leaving out all the other CSS code that made it work. I was like um wow...how am I supposed to follow this.

Overall, I'd probably give this book 3.5 stars. This book is great at explaining the color, typographic and text additions to CSS3 but the gradient examples are kind of dated and should've been updated last year when Safari 5 came out. The logic behind the HSLa method of creating color is AMAZING and really explains why people should be using HSL/HSLa over hex and RGB/RGBa. The downside is that he uses hex, RGB and RGBa in many of the examples. That is confusing to this reader. In Chapter 6 the CSS Box Model chapter there is no mention of the box-sizing property which has been available for quite some time now. They didn't explain that there are different types of box models. They only mentioned one of the box models that was put into CSS without any good rationale behind it. The chapter on layouts is totally unnecessary and is mostly a review of CSS 2.1. I'm not sure it even belongs in this CSS3 book.
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