- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (May 6, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321305256
- ISBN-13: 978-0321305251
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,958,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide 1st Edition
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Charles Wyke-Smith who has been creating Web sites since 1994, and is currently Director of Production at Nacio, a corporate hosting and development company in Novato, California, that focuses on user experience, information architecture, and interface design. He has worked as a Web design consultant for such companies as Wells Fargo, ESPN Videogames, and The University of San Francisco. Wyke-Smith has also taught multimedia and interface design and spoken at many industry conferences.
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Also, he is very thorough. I had already done some work with other books on CSS, but only here - and already in Chapter 2, at that! - did I encounter pseudo-classes and pseudo-elements - very interesting and I can see why he says he will make more use of them later on.
Small niggle: the site for the download of the code is not really prominently given, just mentioned in a paragraph of the Introduction: it's [...] You need the download, because he doesn't reproduce it all in the book - that's probably why the size (and therefore the price) is reasonable for a full-color book. The color of course is immensely helpful. It's pretty silly when some books say "so this will turn word A red and word B green" and show you a black-and-white illustration.
Also, you can experiment with the examples - you can learn a lot that way. (Tip: my favorite editor for that is EditPlus - fast, simple, with nice helpful color-coding but no annoying auto-insert of closing tags, like VS.Net - which is overkill for this kind of exercise anyway, of course).
It's worthwhile to have the major browsers available for testing. I have IE 6, Firefox, and Opera, and that certainly shows up the deficiencies of IE! Now I understand why hard-core Web jockeys are so scornful of IE. It simply fails to implement lots of the CSS standards. My default browser has been Firefox for a while and I'm not going back.
I have lots of programming experience, from mainframe to VB.NET, with plenty of XML, which naturally helps, but never really got into Web UI and applications, beyond basic HTML and some code-based IP communications using objects from System.Web: finally decided a skills upgrade was in order. This book is a great step in the path I'm following from XHTML thru CSS to ASP.NET. Recommended.
Wyke-Smith has a light and easy writing style with just enough humor to keep things flowing, without letting the humor getting in the way of things. I have previously read Meyer‛s CSS2.0 Programmer‛s Reference and skimmed his Pocket Reference. I‛ve also read Castro‛s CSS chapters in her HTML / XHTML for the WWW & have worked with CSS a little before. These two Meyers books read like dictionaries. Castro is efficient and good. But I got far more out of Wyke-Smith in less time.
Part of what I got from Stylin made me think ‛Wow, that was easier than I thought‛. I picked up some ideas and some neat tricks which he properly credits to the source. There are some IE hacks to help handle the IE Win & Mac problems. All the examples are downloadable in one or more zips from his site. I have made a couple modifications to them for testing and clarifying some points which were important to me. I think Wyke-Smith really puts it together nicely and makes it useful. His book layouts are really helpful. Most pages have hints and comments in the margins next to or pointing at text, code and/or browser output. There are also several source references to web sites which are very helpful. So I feel Stylin is a very good value for the money, and more importantly, very good value for my precious time.
On the negative side, there are certainly some typos and editing errors in this first edition first printing. But there is an errata page on his site, and these kinds of errors seem to be all too common in first edition computer books. On the positive side, if you email him with an error, he will actually read it and write back with a thank-you. What a novel concept. He reports that he & the publisher are now working on cleaning up the errors in preparation for a second printing.
Lastly, I appreciate the fact that there seem to be no paid opinions or what look like personal friends‛ opinions of Stylin. That little bit of honesty is not present in the reviews of many other CSS books. Hint: Look behind each 4 or 5 star opinion before actually reading the opinion. For most computer books on Amazon you will find one or more reviews coming from people who write hundreds or thousands which are all high rated. My rules include distrusting all positive opinions in the first 3 to 6 months of publication, plus all high ratings from people who have only written one or a couple, plus all high ratings from people who never write low ratings. Don‛t be naive like I used to be. Prices are great here, but the Truth Is Not Guaranteed on this site.
Let me say right off the bat that the errata complained about by other reviewers have been fixed in the second printing (still first edition). I am a very thorough proof-reader, and I think I only found one or two mistakes or typos in the whole book while reading it from cover to cover.