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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.

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  • File Size: 3323 KB
  • Print Length: 484 pages
  • Publisher: MinkBooks; 2 edition (July 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00570RJQ6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J.D Gauchat is an independent computer programmer, writer and entrepreneur. Through the years, he has accumulated knowledge in biology, genetics, computer programming and human psychology, and has spent most of his time promoting and developing new technologies, including innovative web and mobile applications. His current work is focused on expanding our understanding of the human mind and how humans perceive the real world to develop systems that can push humanity further.

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By AE on March 21, 2013
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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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Williams on May 30, 2012
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joel Dunn on March 13, 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tall Timbers on November 9, 2013
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I'm very competent in HTML 4 and CSS2. This book is very well written and is opening up the new world of HTML 5 and CSS3 to me. A lot has changed or is in the process of changing.and this book is an excellent tool to get the knowledgeable web developer to the next (new) level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bobby B. on August 10, 2013
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I only had a vague idea of what was included and possible with HTML5, and this book gave the perfect sampling for what I needed. I didn't go through each exercise as I read it. Instead, I skimmed each chapter to understand the capabilities provided by each new feature within HTML5,Javascript,CSS3.

The ordering is perfect. As I read about each topic, I was thinking "This seems great, but I don't know how I could apply it without X." And then "X" would be the next topic! When I start actually programming something based on HTML5, I know that I will use this book as a reference to go back and try out some of the more complex examples.

Worth every penny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Sanders on October 2, 2014
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I've had one class and some personal experience using HTML. I've only done the first three chapters of this book. It has explained page layout using traditional methods so well that I fixed my page layouts and took about half the junk out of my CSS files. I feel like an idiot not having figured out these techniques before. Then I got to the Flex capabilities! Wow. HTML5 is on the right path if you ask me. I've removed all the table oriented layout controls in my pages. The HTML is cleaner and the CSS is cleaner. Best return for the money I've ever received from a book. So far, this book is outstanding.
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