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by Julie Meloni
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Book Description

December 1, 2011 0672333325 978-0672333323 1
Sams Teach Yourself HTML, CSS and JavaScript All in One

The all-in-one HTML, CSS and JavaScript beginner's guide: covering the three most important languages for web development.


  • Covers everything beginners need to know about the HTML and CSS standards and today's JavaScript and Ajax libraries - all in one book, for the first time
  • Integrated, well-organized coverage expertly shows how to use all these key technologies together
  • Short, simple lessons teach hands-on skills readers can apply immediately
  • By best-selling author Julie Meloni

  • Mastering HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is vital for any beginning web developer - and the importance of these technologies is growing as web development moves away from proprietary alternatives such as Flash. Sams Teach Yourself HTML, CSS, and JavaScript All in One brings together everything beginners need to build powerful web applications with the HTML and CSS standards and the latest JavaScript and Ajax libraries.


    With this book, beginners can get all the modern web development knowledge you need from one expert source. Bestselling author Julie Meloni (Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache All in One) teaches simply and clearly, through brief, hands-on lessons focused on knowledge you can apply immediately. Meloni covers all the building blocks of practical web design and development, integrating new techniques and features into every chapter. Each lesson builds on what's come before, showing you exactly how to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript together to create great web sites.


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    About the Author

    Julie C. Meloni is Lead Technologist and Architect in the Online Library Environment at the University of Virginia. Before coming to the library she worked for more than 15 years in web application development for various corporations large and small in Silicon Valley. She has written several books and articles on Web-based programming languages and database topics, including the bestselling Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL, and Apache All in One.

    Product Details

    • Series: Sams Teach Yourself
    • Paperback: 656 pages
    • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (December 1, 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0672333325
    • ISBN-13: 978-0672333323
    • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.5 x 1.3 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just right! February 3, 2012
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    I never really thought of myself as a prissy Goldilocks, but I recently realized that these "Teach Yourself" books tend to be either too easy or too hard. I recently read Sams Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours (Includes New HTML 5 Coverage) (8th Edition) and found it to be too simplistic. But this book is truly *just right*.

    Self-paced HTML books are a commodity: they've been around for years and they're pretty much all alike. But there are good ones and bad ones.

    I like this book for two main reasons:

    * I like the gradient. It starts off simple and then picks up the tempo very nicely. I like this, because it gives me more content that I can really sink my teeth into. If I just wanted a list of HTML tags I could search online and find what I was looking for. But I want an explanation of the concepts and best practices. I want comparisons of different techniques. This book does a nice job of this.

    * I like the all-in-one approach of this book. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. In this case, it works well. This book delivers a good balance of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript all in one book. That's great, because a good web page really needs all three of these elements.

    I write technical documentation for a living, so I am a tough critic. I don't often encounter technical publications that make me nod and say, "nicely done, my good author". But I approve of the job that Julie Meloni did with this book. Nicely done.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 14, 2012
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    From the rumors I've heard, Microsoft is trying to push JavaScript as the programming language for Windows 8. I hope not. C# is pure awesome, but that's besides the point. If that is true, you will want to wrap your skills around JavaScript, and this is a really nice place to start. The Sams books are always top rate for easy, comprehensive instruction. I loathe to go anywhere else.

    The chapters on HTML (and a bit of XHTML) and CSS are excellent as well. Those take up the first half of the book, and are covered in depth.

    For someone first getting in to Web Programming, this is a fine start. It covers everything, from finding a hosting solution to coding for enhanced readability. You'd be hard pressed to find a gentler, more effective introductory guide.

    For someone more familiar with Web Programming, who might want to update their skills, or might be coming from a different scripting language, such as Perl or VB Script, the content is very well organized for you to jump strictly to what you need.

    Most of the developers in my office (except the one who hates books) have borrowed my copy for a day or two, then bought a copy for themselves.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    There are way too many books available on HTML/CSS/JavaScript. In fact, I think it takes some courage on the part of any author to put a lot of time into writing "yet another" book on the topic. A new book better have something to offer that makes it stand out.

    The strength of this "Teach Yourself" book is its organization. The wrong way to write a book like this would be to have three main sections, separately covering HTML, Cascading Stylesheets, and JavaScript. Instead, these topics are nicely interwoven, with brief introductions to all three at the beginning of the book, followed by frequent returns to each as the concepts become increasingly sophisticated.

    For example, chapter 5 covers the basics of lists, AND looks at how to use CSS to style those lists. Chapter 7 covers internal and external links, AND how to use CSS to style those links. Later in chapter 11, lists and links are revisited as the reader learns how to work with image maps, as well as how the CSS box model (introduced in chapter 10) can affect lists. It is this frequent "returning to previous topics" that helps me better understand technical material.

    Most of the JavaScript content is reserved for the second half of the book, but again is taught in small doses: chapter 13 teaches how to use JavaScript to display random content on a web page, chapter 15 teaches about JavaScript and the Document Object Model, chapter 26 uses JavaScript for processing HTML forms, and so on.

    All in all, I highly recommend this book if you are a complete beginner, or if (like me) you know a little bit and want to learn more.

    So, why 4 stars instead of 5? The book purports to include "HTML5 Coverage". To be honest, though, this "coverage" is extremely weak.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars a good balance February 11, 2012
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    If you look at some of the other reviews for this book, you will find one person said, "this book is written for the complete novice." Someone else said, "Beginners need more hand holding than this book provides," while still another person said, "Just right!"

    I am inclined to agree with that last person who said it was "just right." Obviously no book can be perfect and not everyone has the same learning style. Personally, I felt that this book had a very good blend of text that will enable the average person to learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I have coded web sites and am familiar with HTML (though I did that much more frequently several years ago than I do now, and I am really not up to date), and have also done some CSS and JavaScript. Based on what I already know, I think that this book does a good job of explaining all three areas to a beginner. It addresses the major areas and is written in an easy to understand manner. I found that the author seemed to belabor some very basic points, but then from the point of view of someone who is not familiar with any of the topics, it would be helpful. I think that is better than making the assumption that the reader already knows the basic stuff.

    All three areas covered by the book are important for creating and maintaining web sites these days and this volume does a good job of integrating the three into one text that I feel one can successfully use to learn enough to put together a nice, functional site. I like it because of the sections on CSS and JavaScript, two areas that I want to learn more about, and the sections on HTML are a good refresher course.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars it is not a perfect book ..
    3 stars only... it is not easy to understand css and javascript with this book.. this book is not as i expected
    Published 6 months ago by Vusal
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good. meets the requirement that I bought for a beginner
    This is for someone who always wanted to learn HTML & JavaScript so, I did a reasearch based on the topic and this appeared to be the most recommendted by others and I am including... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by YY Thirunavukkaras
    3.0 out of 5 stars Meh...
    I'm having a hard time deciding what audience this book was written for. It's feels more like a beginners book, but probably doesn't do enough hand-holding for a true beginner. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Adam L. Kopcinski
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
    Using it for review for an upcoming course, very thorough and easy to understand. Logically laid out allows progression from known to unknown.
    Published 10 months ago by afgunny
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction
    As part of participation in the Amazon Vines program, I received a copy for review.

    This is a good intro manual for beginners, which describes me. Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Jim Bernheimer
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro, but...
    I was expecting a little more out of this book than the hundreds of pages it has, namely the a discussion on the Canvas element of HTML5. Read more
    Published 12 months ago by Erol Esen
    2.0 out of 5 stars Good Content, EBook is horrible
    Pros: Easy to understand. Paced well, Lots of code samples

    Cons: eBook is useless as a reference guide

    I worked through this book page by page when I got it... Read more
    Published 14 months ago by GTower
    4.0 out of 5 stars Well organized and thoughtout material
    I'm looking to get into website design as a hobby. I had heard the "Sam's Teach Yourself" books were pretty well thought out. They are. I'm in chapter 3 currently. Read more
    Published 15 months ago by cab14
    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect way to get started with all three of these languages
    Covering HTML, CSS and JavaScript in one book is a pretty tall order, so this is a pretty thick book (almost 600 pages), but I feel like Julie C. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by Z. Freeman
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good starter
    I got this as a refresher book. It's a little slow and in 2012 it feels more than a little out of date. But it covers the basics and has plenty of examples.
    Published 16 months ago by MildDiscomfort
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