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HTML5 for Masterminds: How to take advantage of HTML5 to create amazing websites and revolutionary applications [Paperback]

J. D. Gauchat
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June 24, 2011 146360405X 978-1463604059
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We are on the verge of a revolution. The web is becoming the main developing platform and the primary source for information and software. In recent years, mobile devices have turned Internet applications from possibilities into necessities, and now computers that work exclusively on the web are being developed and sold. The software for the web is getting more sophisticated than ever and is replacing desktop applications once and for all. This level of change is both experimental and radical, and HTML5 is making it possible.

HTML5 for Masterminds leads the reader step by step to gain essential knowledge and to master complex subjects included in the HTML5 specification. 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 concepts as well as complicated issues of HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. Concepts are supported by fully functional codes to guide beginners and experts through every single tag, style or function included in the specification. The codes 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.

Javascript APIs:

  • Canvas API,
  • Drag and Drop API,
  • Geolocation API,
  • Web Storage API,
  • IndexedDB API,
  • File API,
  • Communication API,
  • Web Workers API,
  • History API,
  • Offline API,
HTML5, CSS3, Javascript:

  • New HTML5 Elements,
  • Traditional and Flexible Box Model,
  • Video Element,
  • Audio Element,
  • Media API,
  • New Form Elements,
  • Form Validation,
  • Form API,
  • CSS3 Selectors and Pseudo-Classes,
  • CSS3 Shadows, Fonts, Colors, Gradients, Translation, Transformation,
  • Javascript New Selectors,
  • Javascript New Standards,
  • External Libraries

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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

  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146360405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463604059
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #676,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but... April 24, 2012
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I want to get this out of the way right off. It doesn't have an index, no screen shots of what the results should be, some areas weren't proofed very well and there are no chapter indicators on the pages, so you never know where you are at. It seems that the Quick Reference areas at the end of each chapter is to replace the index. Due to these issues, I couldn't give it a 5 star rating.
Ok, now that I got that out of the way, let me get to what counts. The information provided is well laid out and very informative. This author definitely knows HTML5 and CSS3. I have read a couple books that say they are only HTML5 and end up spending several chapters telling you about HTML4. This one gets to the point and he even tells you at the beginning he doesn't cover HTML4. He refers to his web site a lot, which is fine and you can get all the code there, if you need to. I preferred to type it myself, I learn better that way. I think I'll set up my own index and email it to him though!! There's a lot of complex ideas covered and J.D. covers them well. When I finish this book, I feel I will be well versed in HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript.
So, in conclusion: I knew in advance it didn't have an index, but didn't realize the other short comings. None of which are deal breakers. I do totally recommend this book for beginners and advanced users as well. I do recommend knowing HTML4 and CSS basics or you might be lost.
If I do get the index written I'll put it on my web site so others can use it.
Great book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this one October 23, 2011
Format:Paperback
It is a monster book, well put together, clearly written, methodically presented. Most importantly, it allows the readers to focus on the concept at hand and develop their own codes right away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A suggestion to the author/the publishers May 22, 2012
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Everybody else has said it already - but who publishes a technical book without an index. What on earth were you, the publishers, possibly thinking?

So why don't you create one, make it available on the book's page on your website, then people can print it out and staple it inside the back cover.

EDIT: I'm giving back one of the stars that was deducted for lack of an index now that there is a revised edition out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introductory Book May 21, 2012
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Of the half dozen books I've read on html, javascript, css etc. this one is the best written with the best explanations and best examples. It starts where most web programmers have good functioning knowledge and introduces html5 in steadily progressing examples from the simple to the complex, leaving one with a fairly good understanding of the complex. It's not the last book on html5 but It's an excellent start.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An index is available May 11, 2012
Format:Paperback
The publisher has provided an index in PDF format, as well as other supporting documentation, at it's website. The URL can be found on the copyright page.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent October 23, 2011
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book, guide you through concepts with good examples. As a developer, I am working on client-side codes and after searching lots of articles and books, I find this book gives me the best guide.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month ago by Levi B. Soares
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 1 month ago by L. S. Marcus
3.0 out of 5 stars A passable book on the new technology
This book covers most of the new HTML tags, but it's also full of beginner tricks that can't be applied at scale.
Published 11 months ago by Richard J. Cabral
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Information
I purchased the book to learn more about HTML5. The information is there... but it is sometimes difficult to follow along... Read more
Published 13 months ago by PhotoJim
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK, IT DOSEN’T NEED an index
Excellent JOB! It covers so many features but it's all done very well.
I love how it's written and diagrammed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by George Pastran
4.0 out of 5 stars From a Beginner
This book gave a lot of really good tips to a beginner. I already had some knowledge, but I think I can say that if you knew nothing, this book gives a decent introduction to this... Read more
Published 18 months ago by BritJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but the lack of an Index is moronic
The book and it's coverage of the material is good. However, as others have mentioned there are no output illustrations or pictures. Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by Robert Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars No Index
This is a decent book for learning HTML but it doesn't have an index. Most technical books have one because you will periodically use it for referencing a topic. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by GO
1.0 out of 5 stars Good and Bad
The book has an abundance of listings for HTML 5 examples.

Unfortunately there are no output illustrations in the book and to run the listings in the book requires... Read more
Published on February 29, 2012 by S. Herold
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