Murach's HTML5 and CSS3 1st Edition

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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.

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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: 1.8 x 8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zak Ruvalcaba has been researching, designing, and developing for the web since 1995. As a full-time web developer, he's developed web applications for companies like Gateway, HP, Toshiba, IBM, Intuit, Peachtree, Dell, and Microsoft. As a full-time instructor, he's headed up the Front-End Web Developer Certificate Program in the San Diego Community College District, where he's responsible for running the program and developing the curriculum.

His development and teaching skills have come together in the technical books he's written in the past 15 years. When he discovered Murach Books, he became sold on their distinctive paired-pages style and has done all his latest books for them: a Dreamweaver CC book (the 6th edition of his original Dreamweaver title in 2001); an HTML5 and CSS3 book (the 3rd edition); and a jQuery book (the 2nd edition). He's a busy guy!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James G. O'neill on April 15, 2012
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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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16 of 21 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 Sanaulla on April 2, 2012
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This book covers all the aspects of web development- HTML, CSS, Javascript, Hosting, tools. The coverage of HTML5 and CSS3 has been blended into the existing approaches of HTML and CSS, so you may not find HTML5 being discussed in a special section. This way one can get an hold of how the HTML5 enhancements can be used with the existing HTML.

The book takes a more practical approach which is what is expected from web development. The code sample is given on one page and the explanation on another- this might be a bit annoying while reading a ebook as one would have to scroll up and down repeatedly.

If you are familiar with HTML, CSS, Javascript then lot of sections might be redundant, but there are lot other content which can be used as a reference. So the initial sections are good for those starting new with HTML and then few sections in jQuery which can be read on demand basis.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By White Eagle on April 12, 2014
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I gave this book a 5-star rating because it covers pretty much EVERYTHING you need to know about creating HTML5 and CSS3 compliant web pages, no matter your skill level.

My specialty is in web design and I've created quite a few sites for clients. Unfortunately, coding was not my strength. Until now, my web sites looked great but have been coded with what seems like "duct-tape and bubble-gum" methods, just for appearances and not for professionalism nor compliance. After reading this book, I've decided to APPLY all the techniques I've learned to my sites. Some of them I have completely torn down and rebuilt using the methods in this book. HTML5 and CSS3 take a LOT out of the old design processes and integrates them into the new HTML5 and CSS3 standards. For example, to make rounded borders, I used to slice up images and put them into tables (yes I know, REALLY poor practice), use gradients within graphics and other old-school methods. This book taught me that these things (and so many OTHERS) are all possible with simple HTML5 and CSS3 coding... What a game changer!

I now design sites, with a thorough background in HTML5 and CSS3. This lets me "think ahead" of how I will code the actual pages before they're even completed. I really wish I picked up this book much earlier; I would've saved SO MUCH TIME and headaches trying to get my sites too look great and up to standards.

The book begins with the very basics and builds on that. It begins with a "crash course" in HTML/CSS then goes into more advanced topics, then into Javascript/jQuery and finally the web design process. Everything to design and develop professional and robust sites is here!
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