- Paperback: 490 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1st edition (November 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118008189
- ISBN-13: 978-1118008188
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,012 customer reviews)
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HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites 1st Edition
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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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The author has also provided you with the HTML and CSS code for all of the examples provided, so you can pull them up and edit them to see how each line of code affects the page.
As with many textbooks, it's more important that you complete the book and learn from it, rather than completing it for the sake of completing it. One thing I've done to ensure that I understand the concepts in the book is to use the code samples provided as a guide, but create my own HTML and CSS to illustrate the various concepts that are being covered. In other words, I mirror the author's examples with my own demonstration of them. Finally, when you get to the end of each chapter, the author gives you a sample that covers all the items reviewed in the chapter. What I would do is create each of these samples from scratch. Doesn't have to be an exact match (i.e. colors, margins can be different), but being able to duplicate the final page helps you retain what you learn.
The layout of the book is really great, and provides you with a very simple and intuitive way for learning HTML/CSS. Jon Duckett really breaks down larger concepts to make sure it's presented in such a way that a complete beginner would have no trouble getting through this book. By the time you're done reading, you will absolutely have the capacity to build a functional website, albeit it a simple one.
The only downside to the book is that it was published in 2011. HTML5 only produced a stable release this past year, and CSS3 has still been developing features, such as media queries, that were not around when the book was published. As a result, you will certainly want to seek out additional resources to further enhance your knowledge of newer concepts like media queries, and even additional frameworks like Bootstrap.
Despite its relative age, this book is still a fantastic resource for beginners. You will want to seek out additional resources at some point, but books that teach programming are rarely so comprehensive that you will never need to seek out additional resources, and the ones that are comprehensive are often frustratingly dense. If you want to get started on the path to web design, then this is definitely the book to start with.
To the author: Please think about writing a PHP/MySQL book as well :-)
It's clear that the author (who apparently is nowhere to be found) NEEDS to include updated code to replace the code in his book. At the end of chapter 13 the code 'as is' for elliptical shapes, does not work in newer browsers. This book is outdated, and if you're looking for a book that will teach you HTML, this book has some small amounts of information on that. If you're looking for CSS information, PASS THIS ONE UP!
At this point it seems I'm writing a diary, but we're in chapter 13 and the code in this chapter for box shadows simply doesn't work. Even with the *-moz* code added. Lesson learned: do not buy a web design book based on review scores, this book is severely outdated.
My 10 year old son and I are around page 400, and while there aren't many mistakes in this book (mostly because it's big pictures with small amounts of text), it IS clear that an updated errata needs to be put out. Some of the code just does not work (current version of Chrome), and he left out snippets of code shared between pages. You are very likely to be left with the same conclusion I have: SOME information about CSS shared, NO exercises or actual "web design or building", and feeling like you have hardly learned anything. Pass on this one.