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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Nixon Publishing (December 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095689562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956895622
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

My popular HTML and HTML5 Crash Course is available in various versions and has now been taken by thousands of people, many of whom also asked me about CSS, and particularly about the new features in CSS3, so here's the result.

Robin Nixon's CSS & CSS3 Crash Course is for absolutely anyone with any amount of previous experience, because it teaches both CSS and CSS3. If you already know some CSS you can use the first few chapters as a refresher, or skim over them. If not they offer a simple, straight-forward and easy-to-follow introduction. The remaining chapters detail in depth what CSS3 has to offer and exactly how you can make the best use of its new features to make the most compelling and dynamic websites.

I believe you will find this one of the easiest-to-understand books on the subject, and with it you'll very quickly take your web development skills to the next level

About the Author

Robin Nixon has been a writer for 30 years, has written in excess of 500 articles for many of the UK's top magazines, and has authored over a dozen books.

Robin started his writing career in the Cheshire homes for disabled people, where he was responsible for setting up computer rooms in a number of residential homes, evaluating and tailoring hardware and software so that disabled people could use the new technology, and writing supporting documentation and articles for a selection of national magazines.

After this Robin's career became a hundred percent writing-oriented when he joined a large magazine publisher, where he held a variety of different editorial positions, before leaving to become a self-employed writer.

With the dawn of the Internet in the 1990s, Robin branched out into developing websites (including the world's first licensed Internet radio station). In order to enable people to continue to surf while listening, Robin also developed the first known pop-up windows.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s Robin and his family moved to the USA a couple of times, once to run a web design company in California, and then again to set up an English Tearoom in Texas. In between times they ran several successful pubs, bed and breakfasts and nightclubs in England.

In recent years Robin has begun to focus more closely on motivation and personal improvement in his writing, while still continuing to produce more in his popular series of books on computing, which have now been translated into several different languages.

Robin lives on the south-east coast of England (where he writes full time), along with his five children and wife Julie (a trained nurse and university lecturer) - between them they also foster three disabled children.

More About the Author

Robin has over 30 years experience of writing software, and developing websites and apps. He also has an extensive history of writing about computers and technology, with a portfolio of over 500 published magazine articles and almost 30 books, many of which have been translated into other languages. He is also a prolific Internet video course instructor.

As well as IT, his interests include psychology and motivation (which he also writes about), artificial intelligence research, many types of music (both playing and listening to), playing and creating board games, studying philosophy and culture, and enjoying good food and drink (following a 'Paleo' diet, which has resulted in 40 pounds weight loss).

Robin lives on the south-east coast of England (where he writes full time), along with his five children and wife, Julie (a trained nurse and university lecturer). Between them they also foster three disabled children. You can keep up with Robin's (sporadic) posts at robinnixon.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Earl on April 2, 2012
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I thought the book did a very good job explaining CSS and providing real practical examples. It made me feel more than comfortable enough to start working with CSS.

I'm not clear what the other reviewer is talking about, this book contained all of the required information to follow along with it, assuming you're literate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lantana Al TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 10, 2012
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This is a good book to get started with CSS, including CSS3. It's good for beginners or for those who already know some CSS but want to learn more, especially some new CSS3 properties. However, if you are an 'advanced' user wanting greater depth & detail, then you'll probably want something 'beefier', but the price is right for what you get.

The course is divided into 16 lectures, with later lectures concentrating on the new CSS3 properties. The later lectures discuss the new CSS3 attribute selectors, backgrounds, borders, box-shadows, colors, gradients, opacity, text effects & web fonts, and transformations (2D and 3D). However, some CSS3 things are not included - like speech, generated content, and navigation. Part of the reason that some things were left out is because they are in a greater level of flux and have less browser support.

I found the later chapters more interesting, especially the ones on 2D and 3D transitions, mostly because I was unfamiliar with those new CSS3 capabilities.

There are some examples which I thought were very useful, and you can download example files from the web.

Also talked about are the proprietary properties that are needed for support in more browsers (those beginning with -moz-, -webkit-, -o-, etc.). Unfortunately you'll probably find that Internet Explorer is the browser that seems to have the least support for a lot of new CSS3 stuff, but the book includes some ways to simulate some CSS3 effects. Hopefully IE 10 will change a lot of that.

NOTE: This review is based on an updated book that corrects some errors and misprints that were in previous versions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dariusz Balcer on February 17, 2014
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It is fantastic book for beginners. Using simple language and many tricks it allows everybody write clear code. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2014
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I strongly recommend the book for all beginners. It helps to avoid some CSS pitfalls. It is written in very comprehensible language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tomasz Miernik on January 19, 2013
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I disagree on a few points in the early chapters, such as the acceptability of leaving off trailing semicolons on CSS rules; if you use any compression or minify of your CSS files, this will result in broken files. Otherwise, a solid recap of CSS basics, with a very light dusting of 2d and 3d transforms, font options, and a few other CSS3 features.
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