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Murach's HTML5 and CSS3
Author(s): Zak Ruvalcaba and Anne Boehm
Published: 2012, ISBN 978-1-890774-66-0, 18 chapters, 636 pages, 264 figures
Publisher (more . . .):   Murach




 Five out of Five Stars
  Reviewed: April, 2012
  Reviewer: Jim O'Neill
       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. There are loads of new features and this book discusses them all in detail, with outstanding examples. The book also gives links to free downloadable tools to try out the examples. My biggest disappointment was discovering all the new features such as tags for calendars for example, only to find out that most of the browsers donít support them yet. I can only hope that future versions of the browsers will support these new features.

     The book went into great detail about CSS, both previous versions and the new features of version 3. Admittedly this is the weakest part of my game. I have always found ways around using CSS. This book now gives me the perfect reference to use them going forward with my projects. The book shows how to use all the aspects of CSS with examples of code and displaying the final look in a browser.

     I recommend this book to any web developer like myself who is not an expert in either HTML or CSS and who has questions that need to be answered.
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