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Robin Nixon's HTML5 Crash Course: Learn HTML & HTML5 in 20 Easy Lectures Paperback – July 31, 2011


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  • I think it was very good in general. He helped explain all the small individual parts of HTML and HTML5 - Juan Rafael Lopez, Udemy.com
  • Takes even the biggest n00bie and turns them into an HTML5 coder by the end... and it's all in ordered steps so you don't get lost. - AppSumo

From the Author

My name's Robin Nixon and I'm the author of Learning PHP, MySQL & JavaScript, one of the best-selling web development books of the last few years. With this new book I wanted to apply the same philosphy to teaching HTML5 (using the same stimulating and easy to read style) so that everyone can make use of its great new features.

As you probably know by now HTML5 isn't any one upgrade to HTML. Rather it's a collection of items that came together at roughly the same time and ended up being called HTML5 - and this course has been written in 20 self-contained lectures that should take you less than 20 hours to learn. In Robin Nixon's HTML5 Crash Course you'll learn about major new technologies such as the canvas, geolocation, audio and video, as well as the new extensions made to HTML forms, microdata and web workers. Collectively all these things have become known as HTML5, and as a web developer you need to know what they are and how to use them.

With this book you'll be right at home as I introduce all the HTML extensions that have been added to HTML5 one by one, with plenty of examples, and you won't find the going tough learning to use the features that require JavaScript, because I introduce just the essential code needed to make the HTML5 technologies function. It's basically cut and paste. I'm certain that you will find that Robin Nixon's HTML5 Crash Course reveals in detail how the powerful new HTML5 features work - giving you all the details you need to knit them into fast, tight and compelling web pages.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Nixon Publishing (July 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956895611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956895615
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

Customer Reviews

Overall, this book is stuffed with tons of useful snippets of code, it's instructive, concise and well-written.
Dainis Graveris
The book was apparently not proofed as is evidenced by poorly written and confusing sentence construction and improper or omitted punctuation.
JimB
My purchase was predicated on prior experience reading and using CSS/CSS3 Crash Course and Javascript Crash Course.
George Snell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I-Cubed from Pennsylvania on March 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
With a basic overview of HTML in general and specific, pointed examples of the new features in HTML 5, this is the book to start with if you are familiar with the basics of HTML and want to get a real understanding of HTML 5. The book is loaded with examples and exercises (which I suggest you take the time to code again on your own).

When I was reading the book, I wondered why Mr.Nixon covered a number of deprecated (supposed to be retired) tags in his overview of HTML. He is one of the few authors that addresses the reality of deprecated HTML - there are billions of pages on the Web and sooner or later you are going to have to deal with 'deprecated' code whether you like it or not.

Again, the structure of this book is a learning course. It IS important to take the time to code the examples on your own. Just reading will not help in having a complete understanding the powerful features in HTML 5.

My only problem (my problem!) is that Robin does stress the fact that you need to add a real understanding of JavaScript to take full advantage of HTML 5. His mini-overview of JavaScript made me realize that cutting and pasting code from scripting sites is not a long term option. Considering his writing style and clear examples, I am going to look at his JavaScript titles as a crucial step in gaining real understanding of JS. I highly recommend this title.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Callahan on May 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a helpful and informative crash course on HTML 5. Unfortunately, it is riddled with typographical and spelling errors. I'm not sure that it was proofread by the author, let alone an editor. It can cause quite a bit of confusion, especially to someone new to HTML, when the author has forgotten an end bracket on a command.

Overall I would recommend this book, but be careful when reading it. It might not say what it means.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Osman on January 27, 2012
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Picked this book up for promo but I would have happily paid full price for it after having a look. This seems like an experienced users guide, but it really starts from scratch and builds from there. Written for the non-programmer, I found it much easier to read that any of the "random drawing of an animal" programming books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL A HILL on July 16, 2012
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This the most concise and well-written introductory book on HTML5 that I have read! I took away code snippets I could immediately use to convert my existing web pages, and leverage for a lot more exploration without needing to backtrack to earlier HTML versions. (I think most of us know by now that "HTML5" is not the magic Steve Jobs led us to believe, but lots and lots of javascript with some refurbished HTML to hold it more conveniently.) I am a real fan of Robin Nixon. I have read other titles by him, and have always found them instructive and useful with almost no learning curve. This book will save you days of time and effort!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Dickinson on March 15, 2012
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The book was good, but as an experienced developer is what a little frustrating how much time was spent on review of HTML 4.01 and JavaScript. However, the book did give me valuable information (including examples) about the new features included in the HTML5 spec.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover VINE VOICE on September 8, 2012
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I got Robin Nixon's HTML5 Crash Course: Learn HTML and HTML5 in 20 easy lectures because it was availible for the KIndle, it was free and I wanted to learn exactly what HTML is. HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. The book explaines HTML and how to use it properly. The invention of HTML changed everything because with it there is a way for all computers to stay in touch with each other and a way for documents to be stored in a multitude of places and still be only a click away. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the internet and how the website works. The Kindle price is free, so why not try it?
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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 picked this book up because it was free on the Kindle as an eBook.
The HTML section was lightweight, but the HTML5 sections were like a detailed overview of the technology.
It was definitely worth more than I paid for it, but I'm not sure that I'd invest the retail price for a printed version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlene on January 8, 2013
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I found the book good for reviewing HTML that I haven't used in a while. The new information provided good references for use later. I found some of the canvas and more advanced information harder to follow without working examples myself.
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