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Responsive Web Design by Example Paperback – March 20, 2013
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About the Author
Thoriq Firdaus is a graphic and web designer living in Indonesia. He has been working in web designing projects with several clients from startup to notable companies and organizations worldwide for over five years.
He is very passionate on HTML5 and CSS3 and writes on these subjects regularly at http://www.hongkiat.com/ and at his own blog http://creatiface.com/. Occasionally, he also gives presentations on web design at some local colleges and institutions.
Outside of work, he enjoys watching movies with his family and trying out some good food in a new cafe or restaurant nearby.
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"Then, we will add an HTML5 data attribute to <figure>..." and there is no "data" attribute in the listing.
Duplications and mismatches.
To the Author >>> If you're going to copy and paste code to use in your listing, have someone review your code.
HTML is pretty simple stuff, so it's not hard to figure out how to correct it, but then again, the reader shouldn't have to do that...
Bottom line: this book is great for introducing responsive frameworks but is not good for learning them if you want to simply follow examples. You WILL have to put a lot of extra work into this, which in my opinion does help you learn better but means that people less familiar with modern web design will be at a disadvantage. I would love to see a next edition of this book with tighter editing and the code cleaned up, that would easily earn this 5 stars.
This book is intended for beginners who are familiar with HTML and CSS and want to understand the concept of Responsive Web Design and are intending to design one. It gives a quick peek into various technologies which would have not known to them (at least i found quite a few). There is very good balance of theory as well as code which makes it more interesting to read. One good thing i liked is the pointers to additional information which makes this book a must have.
It introduces three frameworks Skeleton,BootStrap and Foundation and highlights the features associated with each of them. Frameworks are good to use but they come with a overhead called learning curve, this books helped me in reducing the learning curve by making me understand the exact things which i needed to know to use these frameworks.
Gone are those days where variants of a website (Desktop, Tablet and Mobile) were maintained, Its time for Responsive Web Sites. To keep in pace with the technology shift this book is a good starter.
Now i can confidently say i understand the concept of Responsive Web Design and if you ask me i can design one for you.
There's even some stuff in there for more advanced web developers. Things about some newly proposed tags (like the tag for serving up different image sizes depending on the device screen size) that are still to be decided upon and widely supported.
One thing I particularly enjoyed about the book were the sections on CSS pre-processors. They were something I had never previously used, thinking the hassle to set-up get to know how to use them was more than it's worth. Early in the book CSS pre-processors are discussed then later on there's step-by-step instructions to get you set-up and plenty of info on using the language. I actually feel now that I know both LESS and Saas. I encourage anyone interested in getting started with CSS pre-processors to search for the authors post on his own website (Thoriq Firdaus on HongKiat) comparing LESS and Sass.
As a professional web developer I actually found the reference material linked throughout the book as a great resource for people who already know what they are doing.
I've recommended the book to a few people interested in responsive design principles to help them get the best practices under their belt before they embark on any bigger projects.