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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (11 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321687299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321687296
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.4 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bruce Lawson
Bruce is an Open Web Evangelist at Opera Software, and is a member of the Web Standards Project's Accessibility Task Force. He speaks about HTML5 regularly at conferences such as OSCON, SxSW, @media, and the Future of Web series. Bruce re-coded his own website, brucelawson.co.uk, into HTML5 in January 2009. Prior to all that he's been a Bollywood movie extra, a tarot card reader in Istanbul, a volunteer pharmacist in Calcutta and tutor to a princess' daughter in Thailand.

Remy Sharp
Remy is a developer, speaker, blogger and author of upcoming books: jQuery for Designers (Manning) and contributing author of jQuery Cookbook (O'Reilly). Remy runs his own Brighton based development company called Left Logic, coding and writing about JavaScript, jQuery, HTML5, CSS, PHP, Perl and anything else he can get his hands on.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Nelson on 23 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
My intentions behind reading this book were, as it "says on the tin", to give me an introduction to HTML5. I've intentionally held off learning the new specification until I felt there was enough popular support for it. As such this book seemed like an ideal starting point. However, having read it from cover to cover I don't really feel much further forward.

Rather than teaching you how to code HTML5 this book covers some of the major features of the specification. It's a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Some topics are covered at a very high-level while others deep-dive into very specific examples. I am a fairly experienced front-end developer but felt out of my depth with some of the explanations and examples.

You definitely need a good grasp of JavaScript to get the most from this book. It says in the introduction "you don't need to be a JavaScript ninja" but I think it would certainly help. If this describes you then you may get more out this that I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ross Bruniges on 4 Nov. 2010
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For anyone looking to learn about what new opportunities HTML5 offers a web developer this is a great resource to get you up and running and able to start using stuff today (or at least as soon as you stop reading the book).

The new HTML elements introduced in the HTML5 spec are talked through in detail and referenced to real world examples which is a great way for them to come alive and be understandable. The same is done with all the main JavaScript APIs but this isn't a big book so the level of detail gone into on these isn't quite as in-depth however there is good information on the practicalities of using these on projects now.

For a technical book it reads very well and it's the kind of book that you'll find yourself looking for whenever kicking off a new HTML5 based projects to make sure that you're doing things correctly at the start and in your initial thought process.

And for the current price (£13 - November 2010) it's an utter bargain.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I. Devlin on 6 Sept. 2010
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If I was to describe this book in five words, the review title says it all.

As an early (but not as early as Bruce or Remy) adopter of HTML5, I know a fair bit about the subject matter but after reading this book I realised how much I didn't know. As well as talking about the well known new features of HTML5 such as video, audio, canvas and forms, Bruce and Remy also delve into such diverse topics as ARIA (for accessibility), data storage, offline applications, the (nasty) drag and drop API and even the geolocation API (even though it's not strictly part of HTML5).

The book is littered with clear explanations and well written, amusing, sometimes weird, coding examples. There is no glossing over the fact that HTML5 is far from perfect, and that the HTML5 specification itself isn't finalised and therefore subject to change but the authors do a great job of keeping the content interesting and fresh.

It's a refreshing and honest approach to a technical book and one I highly recommend to web developers either new to the world of HTML5 or wanting to find out more.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ms p schmarsow on 23 Aug. 2010
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Having seen both Bruce and Remy talk about their expert subjects - I had high expectations about this book, hoping to learn a lot from practical examples as well as hoping to be entertained. I was certainly not disappointed!

The book is excellent - I would recommend it to anyone interested in getting to grips with HTML5. A solid intro which gives great examples and explains in clear tone the pros and cons. Though it is called an introduction to HTML5 - I think it does go beyond that due to its practical approach throughout and the excellent examples and references. I enjoyed reading and experimenting along - while the text in the examples made me smile throughout.

I particularly liked the 'human' tone of this book, disagreeing in places with aspects of the spec being discussed, clearly pointing out cross-browser compatibility, practical working methods and overall delivering the content in a very pragmatic approach rather than focusing on theories and abstraction. The attention given to making sure that the new HTML5 gets implemented with accessibility in mind deserves an extra gold star!

The humour and fun really contributed to making this a brilliant read. You will enjoy it :)

If I had to find a flaw - I would have to agree with Chris Mills about the print quality. I'd have opted for a digital version - if there was one - had I known. I've read this book mainly at home, taking it with me for reading on the train only once - yet the cover now looks as if I've had it for months and treated it roughly... I treasure my books and so I'm not happy it looks so worn now.

But well done, Bruce and Remy, thanks for a great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Panayiotis Moutzouris on 11 Mar. 2012
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This is not a book for someone to learn HTML from but its very useful for people who already have experience with the language as you can easily see some of the new major features of HTML5 and how you can implement them for use on your own site. This book shows you how to go ahead and implement these features and the differences from previous versions of HTML but thats it. It is a small introduction to what you can potentially achieve with HTML5.

So in overall a good but small introduction to HTML5.
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