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HTML5 for Masterminds: How to take advantage of HTML5 to create amazing websites and revolutionary applications Paperback – June 24, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1463604059 ISBN-10: 146360405X

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  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146360405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463604059
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Very well structured, full of examples and explanations easy to understand.
MagnoCat Tecnologia
Try remembering or finding keywords 1 week after reading any 400+ page technical book - it's horribly impossible.
Dan
Actually I've read the first edition of this book but I'm really satisfied with that.
Gergo

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68 of 69 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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36 of 39 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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Inspiredmac on October 28, 2011
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dan on February 20, 2012
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Update...: With a better TOC and an new Index included in the book, I would now give this book 5 Stars.
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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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8 of 8 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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