Practical CSS3: Develop and Design
Product Author Bios
Chris Mills (Manchester, UK) is a web technologist, open standards evangelist, and education agitator currently working at Opera Software on the developer relations team. He writes articles about cutting-edge web standards for dev.opera.com (http://dev.opera.com/), .net mag, A List Apart, and other publications, and he speaks at universities and industry conferences.
This book teaches how to use CSS3 to build cool, responsive user interface features that are feasible for use in real-world projects today. Readers will appreciate the author's approachable style and will catch on quickly with this easy-to-follow, practical guide. Well known and respected CSS3 expert Chris Mills devotes much of the book to creating fallbacks for older browsers, so that the content will still be accessible and usable.
Each chapter begins with a quick reference sheet with all the syntax, fallbacks, backward compatibility, and browser support (including mobile). The author clearly explains what the CSS features do and why they are useful. Then he demonstrates a simple design that illustrates usage, followed by more complex variations. The chapter then covers appropriate fallbacks/shivs for older browser support and problems that currently exist for that feature. Topics include CSS3 typography, bling boxes, navigation buttons, animated effects using CSS3, using CSS3 to implement icons, CSS3 layout chops, adaptive layouts and responsive design, fluid layouts and percentages, and styling media. The book's companion website offers a PDF of each chapter's cheat sheet, as well as sample code used in the book, available for free download and updated regularly.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Get off my lawn,
This review is from: Practical CSS3: Develop and Design (Paperback)I've just spent the day with Practical CSS3: Develop and Design, by the amazingly Wookiee-like Chris Mills. Aside from having my name in it, this is a pretty essential book. Aimed at developers that aren't stupid but don't know much CSS, this book will allow you to hit the ground running and annoy your fellow front-end developers as you stomp all over their turf - just make sure it's not MY turf. I prefer to do fairly in-depth reviews, so here we go.
CHAPTER 1: Introduction to CSS3 and Modern Web Design
Back in the day, this web design lark was rather convoluted. If you wanted rounded corners, you used images. Chris reminds you of many of these old-fashioned traits in this introduction chapter, and then slowly introduces you to these new-fangled "spangly web innovations" that make everything so much easier. You get a nice little round-up of all the CSS3 Modules, a quick run through of things like vendor prefixes, pseudo classes, and a handy CSS Selectors... Read more
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great read and with truly practical examples,
This review is from: Practical CSS3: Develop and Design (Paperback)This is a great book packed full of easy to work through, real world examples (even if they are a little garish!) for many aspects CSS3.
It's good that the author has combined the often much hyped parts of CSS3 (shadows, round corners gradients, etc) into a single chapter and by doing so created space in the book for other chapters that go into more depth.
Two chapters stood out for me, the one on fonts and the one on icons. Chris gives practical use cases for all of these ideas and it's really good to see all the options we have for embedding icons in one place rather than being scattered over a number of articles across the web.
The book is a good length, without many dependancies so you don't need to read it cover to cover and can jump in and out if you need to. I'd recommend this book to anyone wishing to learn more about CSS3.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Reasonable book on CSS3 but not for everyone.,
This review is from: Practical CSS3: Develop and Design (Paperback)Overall this is a reasonably good book on CSS3. Positive points are that Chris writes clearly and explains things well. I thought he made good choices about what to include in the book. Some of the other review give more detail about the good points so I will discuss some of what I perceived as shortcomings.
Firstly I didn't think it was really hands on enough. I would've preferred to see a more tutorial approach. Often I find that just reading a book puts me to sleep, I really need lots of stuff to engage me.
Thirdly he adopts a chatty writing style and makes a quite a few jokes. The problem with jokes like this are not everyone shares the sense of humour, and also when you reread something at a later date the humour starts... Read more
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Table of Contents
1. INTRODUCTION TO CSS3 AND MODERN WEB DESIGN
3. SPICING UP YOUR FONTS
4. ENHANCING BOXES WITH CSS3 BLING
5. ANIMATED EFFECTS USING CSS3
6. USING CSS3 TO IMPLEMENT ICONS
7. CSS3 LAYOUT CHOPS
8. RESPONSIVE AND ADAPTIVE DESIGN
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