- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449372635
- ISBN-13: 978-1449372637
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CSS Secrets: Better Solutions to Everyday Web Design Problems 1st Edition
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About the Author
Lea Verou is an Invited Expert in the W3C CSS Working Group, the committee that designs the CSS language, and previously worked as a Developer Advocate at the W3C, the Web's main standards organization. Currently, Lea conducts research in Human-Computer Interaction at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also blogs, speaks at international conferences, and codes popular open source projects to help fellow developers.
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Each chapter presents a specific web design "problem," along with a CSS solution (and sometimes multiple solutions). Some are simple, others are quite complex. Many are quite clever and will make you think of CSS differently. It's well-written and beautifully designed, with full-color pages and tons of informative footnotes.
The best part is that Lea talks through her thought process in developing each technique, "teaching a man to fish." In that sense, this book is great on two levels: it'll teach you specific techniques, and it'll teach you how to think when developing your *own* techniques for future web design problems.
I've had an annoying UI bug that I've spent hours on and once my solutions started getting most heinous I decided to live with it instead of writing ungodly amounts of code for something that should be resolved with 1 line of css. For a separate issue a coworker recommended this book. (I couldn't wrap my head around how some css shapes are defined, the math involved etc.) While browsing chapters I found chapter 7, the section titled "Taming table column widths", and it changed my life. It had a great explanation on what the problem was with pictures and diagrams of exactly the issue I was seeing and also the solution had a similar explanation and picture of how the css property fixes the issue (More so the ramifications of the fix.)
The book itself is a piece of art. It has been a joy browsing through the well laid out sections, beautiful typography, and helpful graphics. I have to recommend this book to anyone who does any amount of web design. There is a treasure trove of information in here that no amount of bing/google can compare. 5/5 - would buy again.
Anyway, it was a treat to be surprised with this book. It is a treasure trove of CSS information. I really enjoyed it. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did.
CSS Secrets walks through a series of techniques in detail, with notes on the principles behind the tricks, and information on cross-browser compatibility. Most of the techniques offer multiple alternate approaches, each with their own pros, cons and tradeoffs.
Dense with great tips and valuable techniques for the working designer/front-end developer, with best practices upfront and peppered throughout. Too much to absorb in the first read-through--I suspect I will come back to this book frequently for a long time to come.
This is an excellent book. It's very well written, has great examples, and is easy to read.
Lea does a very good job communicating how to use some of the newfangled "CSS Tricks" in very real and practical ways. I've used much of what she's written in here in real projects for real clients. This isn't just some, "look at what CSS can do" kind of book. It offers good advice for how to use the latest features of CSS in a good way.
With this book, she pushes the boundaries of what could be possible with simple CSS properties.
The Book starts with how the CSS standards are developed. Then, Lea goes on to reveal 32 CSS secrets spread across 47 chapters. Although some chapters do require a prerequisite (sometimes another chapter from the same book),the chapters can be read in a non-linear way.
The book focusses on the possibilities of achieving a CSS problem with various innovative ways. For instance, she presents 6 ways of vertically centering an element. It also explains the process of finding a solution and draws light on the most suitable solution.
What really sets this book apart from the other books is the "casual conversational" tone she maintains throughout the book. Not only language, but the content motivates the reader to read more without getting bored.
For a book this amazing, which needs to be preserved, I found the paper quality a little substandard. Hopefully, O'Reilly will fix this issue soon :)