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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (16 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672336278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672336270
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 1.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simon Sarris is a web developer focusing primarily on the HTML5 Canvas. Simon has earned a reputation as a go-to source for HTML5 answers. He contributes to the question-and-answer website StackOverflow and has provided the most answers for both the Canvas and HTML5 tags. Simon blogs about Canvas and JavaScript topics, and you can find him online at

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Redman on 9 Jan 2014
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I highly recommend this book if you want to know about the new html5 features. I was particularly interested in the html 5 canvas, and there are great chapters dedicated to this, from an introduction to some advanced coding techniques and optimization tips. I initially read the whole book from cover to cover, a good read without having to download and look at examples, I personally prefer a book that will take you through everything without the requirement to sit at your computer, but have subsequently gone back and re-read chapters going through the examples in greater depth. The author is careful not to mention specific frameworks which keeps the focus on the subject. Also check out Simon's blog which goes a bit further into the canvas examples.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Matthew D. Black on 30 May 2014
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I feel like I could have read online free articles instead. Some more specific examples that show the 'power' of HTML with less words would have been welcome.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HTML 5 UNLEASHED By Simon Sarris 29 Aug 2013
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This book is an excellent HTML 5 resource and reference manual. I recommend this book for Web Designers, Web Developers and especially back end developers who want to catch up with all new changes that html 5 brings to Web development. This book was extremely interesting and the code examples were accurate.

This book provides very interesting history of the Web and future insight. This book explains Shims and Polyfills and provides many useful references for their downloads and use. Chapter 3 is an excellent reference manual for HTML 5 tags providing examples and browser compatibilities. Video and Audio tags and how to incorporate into your web design is also covered. Four chapters were devoted to Canvas providing many examples and thorough explanations. The author explains Geolocation simple terms.
The examples were accurate, easy to understand and successfully tested. Web Storage - again the author does a great job explaining Session Storage, Local Storage, File System API and Application Cache. He also reviews IndexedDB and suggests polyfills to support older Browsers. IndexedDB examples are a bit more javascript complex, but they are accurate and are great learning tool. The last few chapters were more high level covering Messaging, Web Workers, WebSockets and Beyond HTML 5.

I have been a web and back-end developer since 1997 and I definitely recommend this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
wow. awesome book! 28 Aug 2013
By Patti L. Fielding - Published on
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Anyone interested in HTML5 should really take a look at this. Well written guide for anyone writing web pages... excellent tutorials and practical references. I really love how each chapter is written in completion so that you can jump around reading which chapter you want to dive into or read it cover to cover.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Clear and beautifully done 20 Nov 2013
By M. Helmke - Published on
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HTML5 Unleashed is filled with beautiful, full color pages. Figures and code appear just as they do in browsers and quality code editors. That is a really nice bonus that makes long code samples (and we all love long code samples!) easier to read and gives us an easy way to visually confirm that what that code is supposed to do is being done in our browser when we try it out. Seriously, there is color on every page. I like it.

The book starts with a nice, easy introduction that gives us some historic and technical context as to why HTML5 was created and what it is designed to do. For those of us who have been making webpages since the early GeoCities era, it is a nice refresher that makes for a very quick read and provides an accurate context for the newcomer.

Chapter 2 is another quick introduction chapter that presents the important concepts for HTML5 from a high-level. This is actually important as it clarifies the "why are these things being presented" well before you dig in to the meat of the book. Don't skip it, it's short and worth reading.

The rest of the book, chapters 3-13, cover what I consider the main reason for buying the book. In here are the details we all want. While a quick Google search will give you most of this information, maybe all of it, it will not give it to you in such a well-planned order that builds upon itself.

Specifically, topics include everything from the basics like Doctypes and semantic tags to forms. Then, we move into deeper topics like rich media. A set of four chapters is dedicated to covering HTML5 canvas, which is the flashiest and most immediately-gratifying part of the new specification as it "natively enables interactive movies, games, charts, diagrams, and tons of other forms of dynamic visual content." The canvas section includes topics like when and when not to use canvas over other options, working in 2D and even in 3D, making canvas interactive and stateful, performance tips, and even a discussion of its expected future.

The last section of the book takes a 5 chapter romp into HTML5's JavaScript APIs. There was a time when JavaScript was optional for the web, but if you want to make anything relevant today, you must know how to use at least some set of JavaScript functions. Here, the book covers everything from Geolocation to storage options to messaging and web workers. It goes even deeper into network communication using WebSockets and XMLHttpRequest Level 2. Finally, it covers microdata and related small things and gives you a heads up toward topics you may want to explore beyond HTML5.

This book does not cover presentation, such as is done using CSS. This is the content side of the equation, and honestly it is the part I enjoy most. However, it will not help you learn everything you will need to know about web programming and site creation. It will, however give you the useful tools you need to upgrade your skills to today, if you are an HTML4 or XHTML proficient, and it will help the novice gain a solid foundation and understanding of what makes a site work, which I think is important before you start to work on making it beautiful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great canvas introduction and all-around primer on HTML5 28 Oct 2013
By M. Carson - Published on
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Short version: If you are interested in exploring the new canvas element in HTML5, and are also curious about additional features such as audio and video support, this book is worth picking up. I received a review copy and checked it out thoroughly to make sure the book was recommendable. I believe the author did a fine job, and his voice and experience come out in the text.

The fit and finish is great. I decided not to read any more technical books in ebook form for the time being (I think the tech hasn't caught up with the tangibility of print, even in 2013) so I reviewed the print version. The print quality is better than what you get in most technical books, and I really appreciated the syntax-highlighted code examples, which are printed in full color, as are the illustrations, screenshots, etc.

As I read the book, it became clear that the author really wanted to explain the way HTML5 features work in a practical setting. He provides charts that illustrate browser compatibility. He points out things that will slow down your canvas-driven application. He also points out something I didn't find in a more expensive canvas book, a beginner tip that had me pulling out my hair for about an hour. It is clearly explained in the book's introduction to canvas.

By the time you get to the "canvas performance" section, you understand pretty clearly that the book is heavily weighted toward canvas development. This makes it great for people who are trying to migrate from e.g. Flash (in fact the author discusses this) and want to know what they're getting into, but who may also already know the basics of HTML.

There are lots more demos and discussions on the topics of web storage, web workers, web sockets, geolocation, etc.

If you are trying to figure out which HTML5 book to buy, keep in mind that technical books usually have a focus point, even if they seem to cover a lot of bases. Read the reviews and pick the book that most closely covers the subjects that you are interested in.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A good overall reference 10 Feb 2014
By JJ - Published on
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If you need one book that gives you an overview of HTML5, consider this one. Written in a classroom textbook style, it is easier than many to follow.
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