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Sams Teach Yourself HTML, CSS, and JavaScript All in One Paperback – December 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0672333323 ISBN-10: 0672333325 Edition: 1st

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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: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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 new HTML5 and CSS3 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
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    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 new HTML5 and CSS3 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 HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript together to create great web sites. Coverage includes all this, and much more: " Working with HTML5 text, fonts, tables, links, graphics, and multimedia " Advanced web page design with CSS3, including lists, fixed and liquid layouts, and designing for devices " Web Scripting with JavaScript, including DOM, syntax, functions, and libraries " Extending JavaScript with Ajax " Advanced site functionality and management, from site organization through search engine optimization

    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.

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    It's thorough, detailed and easy to follow.
    Brian A. Schar
    So overall, I like the book but I think most people will still need to practice hands on with a computer to fully understand how the code works.
    M. Richards
    This is an excellent book for learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
    Kevin

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dave Edmiston TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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    இ Fuzzy Wuzzy's Summary:
    ѾѾѾ Somewhat recommended, with reservations and only lukewarm fuzzies.

    I would actually rate this book 3.5 stars, with a 4-star rating for intermediate Web users, but a 3-star rating for both beginning Web coders and users who have already been coding at an intermediate level for awhile.

    For starters, the back cover of this 600-page book says: "Covers: HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.1, HTML5, CSS 2/3, JavaScript" and "User Level: Beginning-Intermediate", and this can be somewhat misleading. This book provides broad sweeping overviews along with very nice specific coverage of various aspects of HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.1, CSS2, and JavaScript. However, even though the book's front cover also proclaims "HTML5 Coverage", there really is barely any HTML5 coverage at all in this book, nor does this book delve into the niceties of what CSS3 can add to styling your Web pages. For example, page 54 describes the CSS 'border' property, but it totally ignores the CSS3 enhancements that allow you to create rounded borders. The new CSS3 abilities to create shadow offsets, color gradients, specify color as RGBA/opacity values, and create really cool transforms of elements to alter their shape/size/position are also never mentioned even once. Likewise, HTML5 introduces a plethora of new tag elements to organize the structure of your Web pages better, more logically, more efficiently, and with better semantics (such as the new <section>, <article>, <header>, and <footer> elements), and a variety of both new elements and new attributes for existing elements are also introduced. *NONE* of these HTML5 improvements are covered in the least bit in this book.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick McCormack VINE VOICE on February 9, 2012
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    I have a 12 year old who likes to puzzle out how computers work, and he loves this book. What he likes is the co-location of CSS, Java, and HTML in one book, and the exercises or examples that let him play around with the languages. He tells me, in 12 year old words, that this book is accessible, useful, and really cool. He also mentioned that he was surprised that this is by a woman... to which his Mom informed him clearly and directly, that this should be no surprise, that she can program circles around me.

    This book filled the bill, for a beginnner who likes to fiddle.
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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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