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Foundation HTML5 Canvas: For Games and Entertainment 2011th Edition
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Aside from his studies in Interactive Media Production at Bournemouth University, Rob has written a book called "Foundation HTML5 Canvas" which is all about making games with the new Web technology. It's on the shelves right now!
Check out Rob's website (http://rawkes.com) if you want to find out more about what he gets up to.
Top Customer Reviews
But when it comes to working with the newer elements of HTML5, namely Canvas, to say I'm a novice would be ... polite.
Every example throughout the book is very detailed, walks you through an explanation of what each piece of code does, and builds on the lessons learned in the previous chapter.Read more ›
If you want to develop a good understanding of how to use HTML5 Canvas and how to write games within Canvas this is the book for you. Yes it is a foundation, it gives you a foundation in this new technology and gives you enough exposure to the core concepts to competently go out and start making things yourself. There is always more that they could have demonstrated and as pointed out several times in the book if you want to delve right into the guts of game physics and the like there are entire books written on that one aspect. The author has written a great book which has been invaluable to me and I would highly recommend it.
This book by far had more realistic and modern example games.
The example games of bowling and meteor shooting are quite fun and relevant.
The "Using Games" book had text based games like dice and quiz and hangman with primitive graphics, circa 1995.
Experienced programmers will find the author's pace a bit tedious in places and his incessant overly enthusiastic cheerleading is grating and can sometimes border on patronizing. The use of large indents can result in some code listings being almost unreadable, but that is rare. The bottom line is that the book serves as a fairly complete introduction to the basics of the canvas. If you prefer to have your introductory material in a hard copy format, then this book will serve that purpose admirably.
I would give the book three stars, but I recognize that I am not its primary target audience. More experienced developers will probably be better served by something like David Geary's upcoming "Core HTML5, Volume 1: Canvas" book. If you cannot wait that long, then this book will serve as a decent introduction in the mean time.
I also gave the book to my 15 year old son who, although experienced in programming concepts in general, is just starting to learn web development. He would give the book 4.5 to 5 stars. He sites the fact that it was easy and quick to read, easy to understand, and showed some nice tricks.
Therefore I am giving this book a 4 as a compromise between my 3 and his 5 (plus a little benefit of the doubt). In short, this is a good book for beginners looking to understand this very cool new aspect of HTML5 development.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this book is an alright introduction to HTML5 and Canvas. My beef with it is that there are lots of areas that are sparse and there's a lot of hand-waving that goes on. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jedd Wickers
I didn't have a lot of experience as a web developer before reading this book, though terms like variables, functions, loops, and conditionals where familiar. Read morePublished on February 25, 2012 by Juanfe
Tough saying today that readying a big bulky book fits into your simplified lifestyle. However bulky and big a book is, the value is in the information which may be absorbed by... Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by Stephen Blum
Yeah, the book is written for beginners. And if you are a beginner, well, this is a great place to begin with Canvas.Published on May 17, 2011 by Ulises Troyo
This book is too basic for my use and mostly involves drawing primitive shapes in Canvas, yet lacks other supports that would make it more suitable for a beginner audience. Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by Thomas B. Talbot