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ISBN-13: 978-1890774660 ISBN-10: 1890774669 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates; 1 edition (December 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774660
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Zak Ruvalcaba has been researching, designing, and developing for the Web since 1995. He holds a Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and a Master of Science degree in instructional technology from National University in San Diego.

Zak's skillset includes HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Visual Basic, C#, Web Services, Flash/ActionScript, and ColdFusion. He is also a Microsoft Certified Application Developer for .NET (MCAD) and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer for .NET (MCSD).

Anne Boehm has over 30 years of experience as an enterprise programmer. She got started with Visual Basic in the days of VB5, and has been programming on .NET since its inception. In the past 5 years, she's added C# to her programming repertoire, and she's authored or co-authored books on Visual Basic, C#, ADO.NET, and ASP.NET.

Customer Reviews

I like to review technical books like these because it forces me to become more proficient on a subject.
James G. O'neill
Murach's "HTML5 and CSS3" by Zak Ruvalcaba and Anne Boehm is a comprehensive training and reference guide especially for those that are new to HTML/CSS.
mpredli
I strongly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn web development or for any experienced web developer who wants to sharpen up their skills.
Richard Crespo Silverio

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James G. O'neill on April 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the second book that I have reviewed that was published by Murach. I thought the first one was great and jumped at the chance to review this one. I love the way this publisher organizes their books. Every two pages in their books is designed to have all the detail about a topic on the left hand page and everything that a developer would need for reference material is on the right hand page. This is a fantastic approach that I have not seen before in technical books. It is the best of both worlds, from a learning and reference point of view. If a user wants to read up on a topic or just look up a topic for reference, they go to the same place.

Another reason I chose this book was because of the topics. I am a self taught web developer and never took a class or read a book on HTML. Whenever I needed help on a topic I would just Google it. Everything I have learned about HTML is because I have had a need to know it for whatever project I was working on at the time. I did have a class in CSS but I never really used it after the class. I like to review technical books like these because it forces me to become more proficient on a subject.

I was hoping that this book would fill in the gaps I had in my knowledge of HTML as well as expose me to the new features of version 5. As I suspected, there was a great deal of HTML, both pre version 5 and the new features of version 5 that I was not aware even existed. This book was a gold mine of information on HTML. Even simple topics that I thought I knew pretty well, like tables, were proven to be incomplete by this book.

All I had heard of HTML 5 was that it had some new features to handle video. It has that and a whole lot more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marnie L Hutcheson on February 26, 2012
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Normally when I read a Murach book, I start at the beginning. This is a personal preference, not a reflection on the way the books are written. With HTML5 and CSS3, I needed to solve some specific issues with our company web site, so I dove directly into the chapters that that addressed my problems. I have to say I am delighted with the results.

Chapter 12. "How to format web pages for printing" was worth the price of the book all by itself for me. It allowed us to unsnarl the mess we had made of the printed version of our web pages because we got our original instructions from online articles and blogs. Next, the section on JavaScript and jQuery gave us a new understanding of the care and feeding of accordion boxes, tabs, and pop up dialogs that has really improved the usability of our web portal, and helped us develop our best-yet Mobile site.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Schwabenbauer on May 17, 2013
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If you have little to no history of web design, then I highly recommend this book. It is best described as a 100-200 level course in web design fundamentals and you'll have all the skills you need to create basic web pages by the end, including html structure, styling with CSS, mobile web design, as well as basic javascript and jquery skills. Definitely get this book if you are a beginner (albeit a somewhat tech-savvy one) or have done a small amount of web design in the past.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steven Plastrik on August 1, 2012
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The description of this book says: ...whether you're a web designer, a JavaScript programmer, a server-side programmer, or a rookie... It really should just say "Written for Rookies" There are nuggets of information that are useful to a more advanced reader, unfortunately, the useful stuff is burried in with very beginner stuff. Some of the beginner stuff actually includes things like "How static web pages are processed" and "FTP programs for uploading". What I was looking for was a book on HTML5/CSS3 written for someone with good prior knowledge of how the internet works and web development. This book is not that. If you are a beginner, go for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Old Punk on January 31, 2013
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I wanted to learn html5 but the only real mention of it in the first half of the book is on page 15 (doctype) and page 98 where it talks about html5 semantic elements. These are really html5 "sectioning" elements and they are incorrectly defined and used. For example: he describes a <header> as "The header for a page". Wrong. A header is introductory content. You can use a header several times on a page... within an article, within an aside, within a section. He gets every single definition of sectioning elements wrong and doesn't even go into html5 outlines which are the reason for the elements. Later in the book, there is a chapter of more advanced html5 subjects but I only scanned it. I figured if Murach got the basic stuff wrong, he probably has the advanced stuff wrong too.

I did give this 3 stars, mostly because of the css chapters. Murach gives you actual code for doing css3 tasks such as shadows, rounded corners, columns, etc. And the exercises are fun.

I love the jQuery and jQuery Mobile chapters but I didn't buy a jQuery book, I bought an html5 and css3 book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sydney on December 29, 2012
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This is a great book for beginners and pros alike. It offers an easy layout of concepts with adequate examples. It is not overwhelming for a beginner and not static for a professional, the book is a well rounded approach to HTML5 and CSS. Recommended as your first resource in web development.
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