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Murach's HTML5 and CSS3 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1890774660
ISBN-10: 1890774669
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About the Author

Zak Ruvalcaba has been researching, designing, and developing for the Web since 1995. He holds a Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and a Master of Science degree in instructional technology from National University in San Diego.

Zak's skillset includes HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Visual Basic, C#, Web Services, Flash/ActionScript, and ColdFusion. He is also a Microsoft Certified Application Developer for .NET (MCAD) and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer for .NET (MCSD).

Anne Boehm has over 30 years of experience as an enterprise programmer. She got started with Visual Basic in the days of VB5, and has been programming on .NET since its inception. In the past 5 years, she's added C# to her programming repertoire, and she's authored or co-authored books on Visual Basic, C#, ADO.NET, and ASP.NET.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates; 1 edition (December 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890774669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890774660
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the second book that I have reviewed that was published by Murach. I thought the first one was great and jumped at the chance to review this one. I love the way this publisher organizes their books. Every two pages in their books is designed to have all the detail about a topic on the left hand page and everything that a developer would need for reference material is on the right hand page. This is a fantastic approach that I have not seen before in technical books. It is the best of both worlds, from a learning and reference point of view. If a user wants to read up on a topic or just look up a topic for reference, they go to the same place.

Another reason I chose this book was because of the topics. I am a self taught web developer and never took a class or read a book on HTML. Whenever I needed help on a topic I would just Google it. Everything I have learned about HTML is because I have had a need to know it for whatever project I was working on at the time. I did have a class in CSS but I never really used it after the class. I like to review technical books like these because it forces me to become more proficient on a subject.

I was hoping that this book would fill in the gaps I had in my knowledge of HTML as well as expose me to the new features of version 5. As I suspected, there was a great deal of HTML, both pre version 5 and the new features of version 5 that I was not aware even existed. This book was a gold mine of information on HTML. Even simple topics that I thought I knew pretty well, like tables, were proven to be incomplete by this book.

All I had heard of HTML 5 was that it had some new features to handle video. It has that and a whole lot more.
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Normally when I read a Murach book, I start at the beginning. This is a personal preference, not a reflection on the way the books are written. With HTML5 and CSS3, I needed to solve some specific issues with our company web site, so I dove directly into the chapters that that addressed my problems. I have to say I am delighted with the results.

Chapter 12. "How to format web pages for printing" was worth the price of the book all by itself for me. It allowed us to unsnarl the mess we had made of the printed version of our web pages because we got our original instructions from online articles and blogs. Next, the section on JavaScript and jQuery gave us a new understanding of the care and feeding of accordion boxes, tabs, and pop up dialogs that has really improved the usability of our web portal, and helped us develop our best-yet Mobile site.
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If you have little to no history of web design, then I highly recommend this book. It is best described as a 100-200 level course in web design fundamentals and you'll have all the skills you need to create basic web pages by the end, including html structure, styling with CSS, mobile web design, as well as basic javascript and jquery skills. Definitely get this book if you are a beginner (albeit a somewhat tech-savvy one) or have done a small amount of web design in the past.
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I hardly ever buy physical books any more, because I love my Kindle, but the big exception for me is the Murdoch series of big blue books on a variety of programming topics. There's something about the paired-pages approach to explaining complex technical topics that works really well. I've purchased four of these books so far, and will be buying more. This particular book on HTML5 and CSS3 covers all the important concepts on the latest software tools for building web sites. It's not only a great tutorial, but also as a valued reference source that I find myself referring to very often.
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Murach's programming books are by far the best programming books for both beginner and novices. I have been doing web development (Front-End) now since the late 90s (1997 to be exact) and wanted to transition my coding skills from XHTML and CSS2 to HTML5 and CSS3. Since we are transitioning to HTML5 and CSS3 at work, the company I work for picked up a "Murach's HTML5 and CSS3" which I started reading a month and a half ago and completed it two weeks ago. I am one who usually does not like big thick programming books and I usually stick to books that are thin but after reading "Murach's HTML5and CSS3", I was very impress on how this book was structured and organized. Unlike other programming books I read, this book was not boring at all and it was well written that it was very easy to follow, understand and most importantly, to LEARN from. The examples used were great and the exercises on the book gives readers hands-on training on each chapters/topic. After reading this book which my work owns, I decided to purchase a copy of my own and also purchased the "Murach's JavaScript and jQuery" to brush up my JavaScript and jQuery skills. I am currently in chapter 5 on the "Murach's JavaScript and jQuery" and I am having the same type of experience as I did when I read the "Murach's HTML5 and CSS3" book. I strongly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn web development or for any experienced web developer who wants to sharpen up their skills.
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