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Core HTML5 Canvas: Volume 1: Graphics, Animation, and Game Development [Paperback]

David Geary
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4 May 2012 0132761610 978-0132761611 1

One of HTML5’s most exciting features, Canvas provides a powerful 2D graphics API that lets you implement everything from word processors to video games. In Core HTML5 Canvas, best-selling author David Geary presents a code-fueled, no-nonsense deep dive into that API, covering everything you need to know to implement rich and consistent web applications that run on a wide variety of operating systems and devices.


Succinctly and clearly written, this book examines dozens of real-world uses of the Canvas API, such as interactively drawing and manipulating shapes, saving and restoring the drawing surface to temporarily draw shapes and text, and implementing text controls. You’ll see how to keep your applications responsive with web workers when you filter images, how to implement smooth animations, and how to create layered, 3D scrolling backgrounds with parallax. In addition, you’ll see how to implement video games with extensive coverage of sprites, physics, collision detection, and the implementation of a game engine and an industrial-strength pinball game. The book concludes by showing you how to implement Canvas-based controls that you can use in any HTML5 application and how to use Canvas on mobile devices, including iOS5. This authoritative Canvas reference covers 

  • The canvas element—using it with other HTML elements, handling events, printing a canvas, and using offscreen canvases
  • Shapes—drawing, dragging, erasing, and editing lines, arcs, circles, curves, and polygons; using shadows, gradients, and patterns
  • Text—drawing, positioning, setting font properties; building text controls
  • Images—drawing, scaling, clipping, processing, and animating
  • Animations—creating smooth, efficient, and portable animations
  • Sprites—implementing animated objects that have painters and behaviors
  • Physics—modeling physical systems (falling bodies, pendulums, and projectiles), and implementing tweening for nonlinear motion and animation
  • Collision detection—advanced techniques, clearly explained
  • Game development—all aspects of game development, such as time-based motion and high score support, implemented in a game engine
  • Custom controls—infrastructure for implementing custom controls; implementing progress bars, sliders, and an image panner
  • Mobile applications—fitting Canvas apps on a mobile screen, using media queries, handling touch events, and specifying iOS5 artifacts, such as app icons 

Throughout the book, Geary discusses high-quality, reusable code to help professional developers learn everything they really need to know, with no unnecessary verbiage. All of the book’s code and live demonstrations of key techniques are available at

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (4 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132761610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132761611
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Geary is a prominent author, speaker, and consultant who teaches developers how to implement web applications. He wrote the best-selling books on both Java component frameworks: Graphic Java 2: Swing, Third Edition (Prentice Hall, 1999), and (with Cay Horstmann) Core JavaServer™ Faces, Third Edition (Prentice Hall, 2010). David is a prolific speaker who is a three-time JavaOne rock star. In 2011, David co-founded the HTML5 Denver meetup group.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and fun 27 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Programming can be a chore at times but this book shows there are still some fields where you can get instant gratification. The short examples show some really powerful techniques and impressive effects that you can achieve in about 30 minutes.

I have to say this book has really kickstarted my love for graphics programming again, which like many, was the reason I got into this field. It's really well written and the "tips" given are quite insightful and useful.

My only gripe is that the code examples on the Kindle aren't as clear as they could be (the text is a bit corrupted) you can still read what's been written, hence no deduction in score, but it did take a bit longer to understand the code than it really should of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 5 Nov 2013
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down to the html 5 specification, it also covers mobile development, recommended for all developers planning to take advantage of the html canvas element
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good to get off the ground quickly 31 July 2013
I already have a site that uses HTML5 it is fairly primitive. I am just dabbling with different options and short functions. So this book came just at the right time and the examples on the designated site help to understand what the book is trying to imply.

You do not want to overdo it and have the animation distract from the message. However some people gage your knowledge of the message by the sophistication of the presentation.

This is the language of the day and even if you do not apply it you should be aware of how it works and recognize it in other's sights. It may take some time to go through the book. If you know what you are looking for you can skip parts. I on the other hand am going from front to back and adjusting as I go.

Just a quick note for iOS users this was designed around iOS5 and iOS6 is out. I expect that informit-dot-com will make any corrections needed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference to canvas tecniques 18 Feb 2013
The book is exactly what it say it is, and that is an excellent introduction and reference to canvas tecniques. It requires prior knowledge to Javascript and HTML(5) in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 3 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
useful. don't like kindle format but that is not the fault of the book. however you can download all the source code which is excellent and really usefull
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