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HTML5 Developer's Cookbook (Developer's Library) 1st Edition

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About the Author

Chuck Hudson has developed mobile web and mobile solutions since the 1990s. A successful “techpreneur” and long-time geek-in-training, he is a certified PHP programmer and PayPal developer. He teaches web programming, mobile technology, and entrepreneurship throughout the Boston and Atlanta regions. In 2008, he received the eBay Star Developer award for the first iPhone mobile web and native apps.


Tom Leadbetter is a web designer and developer based in Liverpool, England. He has been working with HTML5 since early 2009 and blogs about it at


Product Details

  • Series: Developer's Library
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321769384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321769381
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Indovina on February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is written in a "Cookbook Style", with emphasis on recipes that show how the technology would be applied in real-world coding problems. The author does not like to show examples that have no real-world purpose and explicitly states.

This book has an excellent technique of introducing HTML5 in Chapter 1 and demonstrating to the user how to use it. While the approach isn't anything new, it's easy to see there was great care it what it chose to demonstrate.
It doesn't waste time jumping in, and it would make any novice feel knowledgeable and productive right away.

I really appreciated the emphasis on Chapter 2: Grouping, Text-Level, and Redefined Semantics. What I pulled mostly from this section is effective ways to use pictures with text and captions. If you ever built a website with pictures and captions, you may find this as useful as I did.

Another thing this book does that most others do not or skim over is using HTML5 with different browsers. All books cover this, but to what depths? The author doesn't focus on only one browser specifically, and often has something to say about utilizing the other browsers when applicable, which is nice! I use IE, Chrome, and FireFox myself and it's nice to see none are forgotten.

CSS3 is covered in a separate chapter, and again, it's something I am going to bookmark to reference in the future.

Chapter 5, and entire chapter on WebForms, is a must read for those working with forms and need to know more. The best thing about this chapter is, again, the attention given to other browsers. Where applicable, when a web form feature is being covered, he lists the browser and browser version number it is supported for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Peck on February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm a fan of cookbooks when I want to get up to speed on something new to me, but I don't want to work through a complete explanation. I want to get what I need to understand what I'm learning, primarily by example with enough explanation to make sure I understand. But I don't want more, or I wouldn't buy a cookbook.

Chuck Hudson and Tom Leadbetter strike a great balance here with their "HTML5 Developer's Cookbook". There's more prose than in a lot of other cookbooks I've used but it's necessary due to the topic. HTML5 is not a set specification, things are still in flux. There is also that the fact that, like any discussion of web based technology, not all browsers implement everything the same way. On top of all that, it's impossible to discuss HTML5 purely in terms of HTML. One has to include the other technologies that are integral to the experience people envision when they talk about HTML5. The book encompasses issues regarding CSS 3 and JavaScript.

With all these different issues in the mix, I still don't feel like the explanations are overdone. They are given, cover the most essential elements to be considered and then move on to the code, or 'recipes'. The code samples are divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced recipes. This is a nice touch. It makes it easy to skim through the contents and quickly find what will meet your need (if you are using the book as a reference) and gauge the level of time and effort you may need to put into it. I've done that some, though I wanted an overview of everything rather than help with a specific project, so for the most part I read the book straight through. The writing style was relaxed and conversational and I was able to enjoy it.

The world of tech is constantly in flux.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Fesenden on February 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ahh yes, another book review. I have to say that most books I review end with me telling you that it's a good book, but this is NOT the case this time. This is not a good book, it's a fantastic book!
I consider myself pretty versed in HTML 4 Transitional code, but HTML 5 is a whole different monster. I looked at it a while back but it wasn't very mature at the time. Things have changed a bit now. There are more browsers that support it now and the support is much better. More and more websites are offering great HTML 5 content and there is some really amazing stuff I have seen it do. I just had to get my feet wet a little more.

This book, the HTML5 Developer's Cookbook, is a great way to get into this new form of web programming. I really dig the whole "cookbook" concept, which has some well annotated and defined "recipes" for accomplishing different tasks. You get great directions on everything from HTML 5 basic layout, to HTML 5 forms and much much more. This book starts with some forward information on what HTML 5 is and what it is not, a little history and background. It follows with, basically, 2 sections. Practically half the book is devoted to straight HTML 5 layout, tags, element changes, forms, css and media embedding, and the second, more advanced half of the book covers a wide variety of very useful API's. Things like drag and drop support and SQL support all the way up through really advanced things like media capture and geo-location.

It took me a long time to get through this book, mostly because i really wanted to try a bunch of this stuff myself and there are a lot of code examples (those recipes again). What I *WISH* I had done is to read the back few pages first.
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