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HTML5 for Masterminds, Revised 2nd Edition [Kindle Edition]

J.D. Gauchat
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

HTML5 for Masterminds leads the reader step by step to gain essential knowledge and to master complex subjects included in the HTML5 specifications. After reading this book, you will know how to structure your documents with HTML5, how to style them with CSS3 and how to work with the most powerful Javascript APIs.

This book is not an introduction of HTML5 but instead a complete course that will teach you how to build compelling websites and amazing web applications from scratch. Every chapter explores basic as well as complicated concepts of HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. Information is supported by fully functional examples to guide beginners and experts through every single tag, style and function included in the specifications. The examples are distributed throughout the book in a specific order to gradually introduce complex subjects and make them accessible to everyone.

The goal of HTML5 for Masterminds is to make you familiar with the most advanced technology for the web. It was developed to prepare you for the future, and it was written for the genius inside you... for Masterminds.

This Book Includes:

447 examples explained

Learn how to:

  • Create HTML documents
  • Create CSS style sheets
  • Program in Javascript


  • Create 2D and 3D Graphics
  • Create 2D and 3D Animations
  • Create 2D and 3D Video Games
  • Take your Applications Full Screen
  • Generate Audio for your Video Games
  • Create Audio Effects in 3D
  • Take Pictures from the WebCam
  • Create a System to make Video Calls
  • Transfer Data Peer-to-Peer
  • Process Audio Files
  • Closed Captioning your Videos
  • Create CSS3 Animations

This Book Covers:

  • Introduction to HTML >>> NEW <<<
  • Introduction to CSS >>> NEW <<<
  • Introduction to Javascript >>> NEW <<<
  • HTML5 Elements
  • HTML5 Attributes
  • CSS Traditional and Flexible Box Model
  • HTML5 Video and Closed Captioning
  • HTML5 Audio
  • CSS3 Properties
  • CSS3 Selectors
  • CSS3 Pseudo-Classes
  • Form Elements
  • Form Validation
  • Form API
  • Javascript Selectors


  • Canvas API
  • WebGL API and Three.js >>> NEW <<<
  • Web Audio API >>> NEW <<<
  • IndexedDB API
  • Web Storage API
  • File API
  • Web Socket API
  • WebRTC API >>> NEW <<<
  • Stream API >>> NEW <<<
  • FullScreen API >>> NEW <<<
  • Ajax Level 2
  • Web Workers API
  • Drag and Drop API
  • History API
  • Web Messaging API
  • Pointer Lock API >>> NEW <<<
  • Geolocation API
  • Offline API
  • Page Visibility API >>> NEW <<<
  • TextTrack API


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About the Author

J.D. Gauchat is an independent web programmer and an entrepreneur dedicated to identify opportunities in markets around the world. He has worked in multiple projects for the past 10 years, wrote articles about HTML, CSS, PHP and Javascript and currently develops webs and web applications implementing cutting-edge technology for a living.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3315 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481138502
  • Publisher: MinkBooks; 2 edition (July 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00570RJQ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
By AE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an fabulous book! Here are some of things I liked best.

1. It's very well structured. Many books I read try to introduce multiple concepts in each chapter. This book, by contrast, deals with just one topic at a time (e.g. "HTML", "CSS", "Javascript", "Forms", etc), with each chapter building progressively upon the learning of the previous chapters.

2. It's very focused. You won't be distracted with anecdotes and jokes: to the contrary, every word is targeted at teaching you precisely what you need to know.

3. It's sparingly written - which means the author manages to cover a huge amount of material in less than 500 pages.

E.g. the paragraph on radial gradients in CSS will tell you that the syntax takes a parameter for the shape and that the first parameter determines the starting position of the gradient expressed in pixels, etc ... but from there on it's up to you to try it out yourself. In other words, the author will tell you precisely what you need to know ... but it's then up to you to put that knowledge into practice and to experiment so as to

4. It's very comprehensive.

5. It's accurate. I've not yet found any errors or typos.

6. It's clearly written and easy to understand (even when the topics are technically difficult).

It's important to note that this is NOT an elementary "build your first website" book, and is probably not well suited to someone who isn't technical and who hasn't done at least basic website development or programming.

However, it's the perfect book for someone who learned HTML long ago or who is familiar with back-end technologies and who now wants to quickly and thoroughly learn to implement the latest and best front-end technologies.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Software Book I've Bought May 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've spent more than $1,000 on software how-to books over the course of my career and have yet to run across a better written one than this. The authors clear understanding of how to progress a reader through the steps of a system so that they get it is both rare and welcome.

I've been writting HTML and CSS for more than 10 years, and even though this book is aimed at those with just basic knowledge of the two I have found it to be just the best intro for this revolution in web site construction. The book is also my first real intro to JavaScript and my fear of using it is now gone.

The web site for the book not only has all the code, it also provides a wealth of links to really useful supplemental material.

Buy the book. Wrox, Apress and the rest could learn a few things from this guy. I only give four stars rather than five because the Kindle edition has a few lines of obscured text here and there. I can paste them into a text editor and read them, but really Amazon...

The combination of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript are a work in progress right now, so the book will surely need updates (Flexible Box Model for instance), but the author makes this clear and provides them. I have already received an update since my initial purchase.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but no index October 28, 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is packed with information. But the layout could have been done much better, with greater attention paid to typography and graphics to add emphasis and clarity to the concepts presented. I should have looked more carefully at the "See Inside" feature. If I had, I would have noticed that the book has no index. I can't believe the "mastermind" who put this book together never considered including an index for such complex material.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've enjoyed this book. I've wanted to get back into these technologies. I'm only about 60% of the way through, but it's at just the right level for me. I've been doing HTML for nearly 20 years (really!) but management happened ;-) and I really didn't do much technically as HTML became much more complex and dynamic. While I'd coded in Javascript for small things, again, I didn't do the deep dive. I could spell CSS but that's it. I found this book to be very sensible in the level of detail, clarity of examples and general presentation. I'm up through the chapters on 3D graphics now, and am looking forward to finishing the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Dan
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Update...: With a better TOC and an new Index included in the book, I would now give this book 5 Stars.
End Update...

Old Post: The two biggest drawbacks are: (1) there is NO INDEX. Try remembering or finding keywords 1 week after reading any 400+ page technical book - it's horribly impossible. (2) There are 100's of pages of code and chapters that will only work in one specific browser. The author only tells you this once you get to the next topic throughout the book. I wish I had known beforehand how much material I would have to read which would not be supported in most browsers. Specifically, it's hard skipping around from browser to browser when you're trying to learn from a new book. This should have been mentioned up front on the back cover or in the intro. I don't like to have to hop from browser to browser to use books, and that you can't look up topics in the missing Index, instead you have to read through large sections of chapters over again to find what you want to review. No technical book that's 400+ pages should be allowed to go to print without an Index.

The Pros are that the coverage of the material was great, and the book does give you a very thorough future view of HTML5, at a very reasonable price. That's why I give it 4.0 stars.

If I were the author, I would quickly place an index online, at least until I could place an index in the next books version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful book
Ignore any negative comments about this book, i thought it was so good i ended up ordering it in print version as well as my copy on kindle. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Robert Carnes
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to HTML5 and a great reference for HTML5!
A while back, I read Zachary Kessin's "Programming HTML5 Applications". I found that book to be lacking in coverage of many aspects of HTML5, plus some of the examples... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Daniel Allen Langdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a great book.
Simply a great book....well written with great examples by a guy who is more focused on teaching rather than sounding smart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Really good book for reference. And it's not just HTML, but a lot of in-depth stuff about new CSS stuff and JS. Picked up a lot from this.
Published 2 months ago by Atle Magnussen
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a very good book!
This book helps a lot to understand HTML5 and how to use it properly. It's nice, even for a beginner.
Published 2 months ago by Levi B. Soares
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and comprehensive
I should also say that I purchased this book already having solid knowledge and experience with HTML5 and CSS3 - - I used this book as an accompanying reference for my students in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. S. Marcus
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read and Comprehensive
I should also say that I purchased this book already having solid knowledge and experience with HTML5 and CSS3 - - I used this book as an accompanying reference for my students in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. S. Marcus
3.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly what I expected
This is like a more general information book on the html5 and the techs around it. I guess I was looking for a more practical one that you could almost get your hands into coding... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mahan
4.0 out of 5 stars html 5
fairly simple and not as deep as I would have thought for the title. probably raged it advanced beginner not quite intermediate.
Published 6 months ago by James C. Lang
1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial coverage of HTML5 and related topics
This book is nearly useless to the beginner as well as the "Mastermind". It tries to teach by example rather than laying out the basic rules. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bob Roesser
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J.D. Gauchat is an independent web programmer and an entrepreneur dedicated to identify opportunities in markets around the world. He has worked in multiple projects for the past 10 years, wrote articles about HTML, CSS, PHP and Javascript and currently develops webs and web applications implementing cutting-edge technology for a living.



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