HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/11/8
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A full-color introduction to the basics of HTML and CSS from the publishers of Wrox!
Every day, more and more people want to learn some HTML and CSS. Joining the professional web designers and programmers are new audiences who need to know a little bit of code at work (update a content management system or e-commerce store) and those who want to make their personal blogs more attractive. Many books teaching HTML and CSS are dry and only written for those who want to become programmers, which is why this book takes an entirely new approach.
- Introduces HTML and CSS in a way that makes them accessible to everyone—hobbyists, students, and professionals—and it’s full-color throughout
- Utilizes information graphics and lifestyle photography to explain the topics in a simple way that is engaging
- Boasts a unique structure that allows you to progress through the chapters from beginning to end or just dip into topics of particular interest at your leisure
This educational book is one that you will enjoy picking up, reading, then referring back to. It will make you wish other technical topics were presented in such a simple, attractive and engaging way!
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)商品の説明をすべて表示する
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I admired Duckett's approach to this book. He completely dispels with the buzzwords that glitter so many books these days. There's mention of HTML5 and CSS3, for sure, but it's done in such a way that it doesn't seem gimmicky or hyped. The title of the book itself is evidence of this. Duckett clearly doesn't want you thinking about HTML 4 vs. HTML5 or CSS 2 vs. CSS3. Instead, he wants you to understand the concepts that link together web technology and good design. Some of that is done with HTML 4 and CSS 2 while some is done with HTML5 and CSS3.
This book is really targeted at beginners without a technical background, and it does an exceptional job in serving this audience. The approach is perhaps the gentlest introduction to the concept of web programming that I've ever encountered. So gentle, in fact, I think that almost anyone could pick up this book and start to make a simple web page relatively quickly. It takes you right from creating your HTML file with a text editor, through learning HTML and CSS, all the way to deploying your file and adding Google Analytics.
Sprinkled throughout the book are useful tidbits about typography, contrast, design concepts, and even how multimedia plugins such as Flash work in conjunction with a web page. The very visual nature of the book makes picking up these concepts easy, as every piece of code is accompanied with a diagram, figure, or screenshot showing the result.
If you're an experienced web developer, you'll probably want to pass on this book since it will be far too basic. However, if you're looking for a good book to introduce web development to an inexperienced web developer, or even someone who has no experience, then this book is a great place to start.
If you are in the same boat, this is a great book to start with. Sure, every bit of knowledge in this book exists online—but do you know what you need to learn? I didn't. There are so many online resources for learning html & css that it's overwhelming. Functionally useless for someone who doesn't yet see the big picture. So against common sense—I am recommending an old-fashioned book to learn a programming language. After reading this book, I have the general knowledge to read blogs/ tutorials/ guides and to understand their scope and place in the big scheme of web development.
It's likely time for this book to be updated, yet it's the most current book I could find. Any book on this subject needs to be rewritten often, so thats not a mark against it. The fundamentals are all here. After I finished each chapter, I searched stackoverflow, w3c, etc... to determine the current best practices. For instance, @font-face has become much easier lately, as most developers have settled on .woff and .woff2 as a reasonable amount of coverage. You'll realize that these things are constantly evolving.
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.