- Series: Solutions
- Paperback: 362 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 2nd ed. edition (October 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430223979
- ISBN-13: 978-1430223979
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 155 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
In October 2006, Simon Collision started Erskine Design based in Nottingham, U.K. which grew to become an eight-strong team of creative web designers and developers who are afraid of nothing. Some people say they're one of the best agencies out there, and their clients include major magazines, government stuff, software companies and polar explorers. Moons ago, he was a successful visual artist, and founded an independent arts org and annual arts festival, putting his degree to some use at least. Then he caught the interwebs bug. As lead web developer at Agenzia from 2002 to 2006, he worked on numerous web projects for major record labels (such as Poptones, Universal) and bands (including The Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things, Beta Band), visual artists and illustrators (Jon Burgerman, Paddy Hartley, Lucy Orta, NOW Festival), businesses, community, and voluntary sector orgs, passionately ensuring everything was accessible and complied with current web standards. He does a bit of public speaking here and there, and will generally do anything for a biscuit and cup of tea, but prefers hard cash. He has lived in many cities, including London and Reykjavik, but has now settled back in his beloved Nottingham, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. He also drives a 31-year-old car, and has a stupid cat called Bearface.
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In that time, I spent countless hours on all kinds of different reference and CSS group sites reading articles and copying suggested fixes and CSS solutions. I accumulated a dozen authoritative links, some with handfuls of links themselves, to reference CSS solutions, fixes to particular quirks and of course hacks and filters. However, amidst the sea of information you still really end up experimenting yourself to determine the particular merit of one solution to another... all of which adds up to a pretty high learning curve which is why some experienced veteran designers still use tables to some extent for layouts.
However, with this book. Andy Budd lends an authoritative, straightforward and experienced voice to the elements, quirks and challenges that you'll face as a CSS designer. Plus he steps you through the solutions without weighing you down with unnecessary technical discussions and jargon. Here is a problem, here is a damn good solution. Some other reviewers have gone more indepth about this book and many suggest only intermediate level designers should use it but even as a beginner you should have this in your collection.
Else, you'll find yourself like me in hindsight wishing you had it a long time ago.
The book's style is a very easy read, packed full of great code snippets and screenshots. Andy goes through each aspect - and gives you several options to achieve different tasks. So, while some may prefer method A, he also covers methods B, and C. This gives a designer a great arsenal of tools to get the job done. While showing the different methods, he also goes into detail about the positive or negative effects of using one method over another (such as image replacement).
While the book is an easy read, it seems targeted to the more advanced CSS developer. Each chapter seems to build on the previous, giving you a strong foundation to work with. By the end of the book, you are ready and itching to dive in and create something elaborate. In fact, the last 2 chapters are case studies by Cameron Moll and Simon Collison - and they only fuel the fire to get started right away. Their case studies present fictional businesses and websites, demonstrating many of the techniques covered throughout the book. This gives you a hands on visual to play with and tweak, and help you get a better understanding of different nuances of CSS.
If you work with CSS everyday then this book is a MUST have. I find myself using it for reference as I learn new techniques.
Tables is for tabular data now and I find I can get more control over my web pages using CSS. This book also teaches you how to overcome the most dreaded browser of all time- Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6.0 (although I don't hack for 5.5 since it's now a dinosaur) due to it's loose interpretation of CSS standards. Anyone looking to get more control of their web designs should pick up this book and read it several times. From it, you will finally understand important fundamentals such as: The Box Model, Redefining Tags, Class, and Pseudo-Class, Floats, and positioning.
I have been recommending this book to everyone who is looking to better their skills in CSS and you can see most of my work online:
This may be the best money spent on a book if you are a web developer.
As of 2010 I now own an advertising agency ( [...] ) and I still find myself using this book from time to time. I even recommend this book to my employees!
Our small team of Ruby on Rails developers used this book to get up to speed on modern CSS with a lot of success and very short ramp up time. I would highy recommend it to anyone looking to enhance their understanding of modern CSS, get very practical advice and knowledge but not to get drowned in details or history.
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