- 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: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
And as a good CSSer that you are, you keep studying to keep improving, isn't that right? Good.
Then, one day, you find that one of your beloved masters, Lea Verou, wrote a book with some css secrets. And you think: "Cool. Secrets from her! I may find a thing or two to learn".
And you buy. And you read. And your brain explodes, because you have just found out that you actually knew almost nothing about CSS.
Lea Verou not only know the paths to solve problems with CSS, but she knows the WHYs behind each solution. And that's a HUGE difference.
I hope that the world will see more books from Lea Verou very soon.
Cheers to a true CSS bender.
There were lots of things I learned, and good things imparted... but I was looking for deep musical theory, and I got Tom Morrello.
I would recommend Tiffany Brown 'CSS Master' if that is what you're looking for.
Ever want to figure out how to do something on the web that you seen that looks really nifty? This book will either tell you how to do it or give you the building-blocks to figure it out for yourself
I think my favorite thing about the book is that, while you don't *need* a strong math background, she doesn't shy away from handing you the formulas from which she derives certain magic numbers. Too few design books are willing to do things as radical (pun intended) as using an actual square-root symbol, equations, or offering the linear algebra for `transform` properties (the linear algebra was high-level "transform to the origin, rotate, transform back" but still more mathy than any other CSS book that isn't a technical specification). There might be those designers who get scared off by a little math, but the book would be almost as useful even if you ignored the math bits.
Another highlight is the format of "here's what we're trying to accomplish, here's a mostly-obvious solution that comes close but has these issues (maybe with another one or two iterations)" followed by the final "let's address these issues and do it in a way that solves as many of those issues as we can". I think most of the tips/recipes address *all* of the issues in the end except tip #35 where her Image Compare Slider can either be pure-CSS without JS, or can be keyboard-accessible using JS, but not both. That accessibility was considered for many of them just added to the book's benefits. The most teasing result of this teaching technique was that I'd get all excited when I'd think of a problem with the provided solution, my mind would race to how I'd solve it, only to find that she addressed it elegantly in the next section of the chapter.
TL;DR Verdict: Well worth the shelf-space if you do CSS.
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It isn't a comprehensive book on all CSS and it just focus on several topics of CSS, but excellent.
the notes make me laugh!Read more