- Paperback: 490 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1st edition (November 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118008189
- ISBN-13: 978-1118008188
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,098 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Author: Goals for this Book
Programming books can often look rather intimidating and uninspiring, but they do not need to be. We wanted to redesign the tech book and make it more accessible, relevant, and attractive to a whole new group of readers. The result is a book that feels more like a magazine and is enjoyable to flick through, and looks like it belongs in the graphic design section rather than the programming section of a bookstore.
- Large info-graphics are used to help simplify new or complex concepts
- Clean design and layout presents each topic on a new page for easy reference
- Printed in full-color, using a vibrant palette to distinguish different types of code
- Attractive code samples help you make beautiful web sites
This beautifully designed manual explains how to use HTML in a concise readable format...A wonderful resource. (.net, June 2012) A refreshing take on the subject. The title provides a great overview without feeling like a textbook. (Computer Arts, June 2012)
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I admired Duckett's approach to this book. He completely dispels with the buzzwords that glitter so many books these days. There's mention of HTML5 and CSS3, for sure, but it's done in such a way that it doesn't seem gimmicky or hyped. The title of the book itself is evidence of this. Duckett clearly doesn't want you thinking about HTML 4 vs. HTML5 or CSS 2 vs. CSS3. Instead, he wants you to understand the concepts that link together web technology and good design. Some of that is done with HTML 4 and CSS 2 while some is done with HTML5 and CSS3.
This book is really targeted at beginners without a technical background, and it does an exceptional job in serving this audience. The approach is perhaps the gentlest introduction to the concept of web programming that I've ever encountered. So gentle, in fact, I think that almost anyone could pick up this book and start to make a simple web page relatively quickly. It takes you right from creating your HTML file with a text editor, through learning HTML and CSS, all the way to deploying your file and adding Google Analytics.
Sprinkled throughout the book are useful tidbits about typography, contrast, design concepts, and even how multimedia plugins such as Flash work in conjunction with a web page. The very visual nature of the book makes picking up these concepts easy, as every piece of code is accompanied with a diagram, figure, or screenshot showing the result.
If you're an experienced web developer, you'll probably want to pass on this book since it will be far too basic. However, if you're looking for a good book to introduce web development to an inexperienced web developer, or even someone who has no experience, then this book is a great place to start.
It lacks even the most basic explanations of the concepts necessary to begin the journey into HTML or CSS.
Now to my first gripe. Although it's nice that they went into equal nice amounts of detail on everything covered in the book, certain topics should have simply been given more weight because of their importance and complexity. For instance, floats should probably have more detail and information about them than say, how to adjust the line-height. Of course the line-height should still be discussed but it should have some space in the book taken from it and given to floats. I could go on and on, but very simply the more complex areas should be given more weight. This isn't to say that they leave you hanging completely, they do discuss floats, just not enough in my opinion. In addition, things like "clearfix" should be discussed more, and a few other topics.
Ultimately these two things are why I gave the review 4 stars, which in my mind is still pretty good, because this book is pretty good and still worth getting. If you're on a journey to teach yourself how to build websites, this book should be in your arsenal along with O'reily's head first HTML.
I love this book. I have never found a better teaching resource. I personally like looking at it, and I know my students have no issues with it.
This is the perfect beginning HTML and CSS (intro to HTML5) course text. I have structured my course around this book. If a student is not understanding the exercises/assignments, I can refer them back to their reading and feel confident all the information they need is there. The companion site is an awesome direct resource encouraging more focused reading and assimilation of information.
The chapters are very manageable chunks of information. This is not a standalone text. Students also need reinforcement through online training as well as in-class instruction and homework. The structure and organization of this book in addition to the straightforward presentation is very easy to build on, however, and I am truly a fan of easy.
Thank you Jon
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