- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: A Book Apart (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098444257X
- ISBN-13: 978-0984442577
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Responsive Web Design (Brief Books for People Who Make Websites, No. 4) Paperback – 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
Cook turkey = 1 step
Move forward in code = style up backgrounds, add sections, divs, classes heirarchies, that don't exist yet.
Not the same thing...
I tried to take the finished code on their site and reverse it back to the phase where they were starting from, but that was just a mess and ultimately, I imagine there are other books better at following along.
It might be a good book if you want to memorize a bunch of principles and ideas, disregard un-followable examples and apply what they are saying to your own experiments. That might be good, but then I would just look for a straight forward technical manual.
However the code examples used throughout the book don't build upon each exercise in a logical and easy to follow way method.
It's almost like there needs to be downloadable code for each chapter (which include start files and completed files). So you can orientate yourself and peek at the completed code if you get stuck. Sure there's a demo website but the code there differs from what's in the book...confusing!!
Wouldn't recommend it for someone just starting out!!
A few minor points:
1. You don't need 14 digits after the decimal point for your font size value. It won't add precision to your layout. It will only make your code less readable.
2. About the max-width property applied to images: "First discovered by designer Richard Rutter..., this one rule immediately provides..." (p. 45) Hmm... We discover stuff in science. In web development, or any other kind of development and engineering we "discover" rules by reading the specs. Or the manual.
That said, the book does a good job explaining what responsive web design is, why it matters, and what are its limitations, providing many useful references. Skip all the code and trivia, and it's a decent read.
The book explains responsive design well. The major problem I had with the book was the absence of source code. I downloaded the sample website, including the css, js, and images, so I could play around with the code. The book would have been much better if we could have started with the code for a website and converted it to a responsive design. A tutorial approach with source code and exercises would have given readers a better understanding. (I can understand the comment from the reviewer who said that he found the book difficult to follow.)
I thought the "mobile first" approach was a interesting concept--first defining a layout to smaller screens and progressively enhancing the layout with media queries. In fact, this approach makes more sense to me than starting with a desktop layout and coding for progressively decreasing layouts. For me, this nugget was worth the price of the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a good resource for beginners in my opinion, it took way too long to give actual code examples, which is the best way I learn.Published 4 months ago by RyanEffects
One of the best books for graphic designers to understand how responsive web works.Published 5 months ago by Carey Beck
Clear, concise, clever. Assumes you already have a basic understanding of CSS/HTML. Great for developers and designers alike. Read morePublished 12 months ago by LoveBoots521
Excellent book to help webmasters launch themselves into responsive web design. This is so good that I bought another copy and gave it to my art director (who knows nothing about... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Barry Hansen
I underestimated how tiny the book is, that's the schtick for this series - small books with a lot of info, but it's size doesn't take anything away. This book is amazing. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Danny M.
First of all I want to give my thanks to author.
This book helped me improve my skills and taught some tricks.
It may be very useful for beginners and advanced designers.
Great book on several factors that make a web app look "responsive" today. Interesting chapters on Media Queries, Flexible Images and the Flexible Grid used in Twitter's... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cristi S.
I dreaded this chore... But it's actually pretty funny, despite the austere cover. Totally recommend it as a great learning tool.Published on March 29, 2014 by Suzanne K Jaberg