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Learning CSS3 Animations & Transitions: A Hands-on Guide to Animating in CSS3 with Transforms, Transitions, Keyframes, and Javascript [Paperback]

Alexis Goldstein

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4 Dec 2012 0321839609 978-0321839602 1
For web developers building rich web and mobile applications, standards-based CSS3 offers powerful advantages over traditional Flash-based approaches - and since Apple's immensely popular iPad and iPhone don't support Flash, moving to CSS3 has become even more urgent. However, most CSS3 guides focus primarily on the basics, frustrating web developers who want to do sophisticated work. Learning CSS3 Animations and Transitions is the first book focused entirely on creating production-quality rich animations and transitions with CSS3. Leading web development trainer Alexis Goldstein covers everything web developers need to know, teaching through solid examples that help web professionals build their skills one step at a time. Readers will learn how to: * Create 2D transforms that serve as the foundation for CSS3 animations * Use transitions to make changes come alive * Master essential keyframing techniques * Combine transitions, transforms, and parallax scrolling in immersive web experiences * Transform in 3D, and animate 3D transforms * Creating increasingly complex and Flash-style animations * Build powerfully effective interactive infographics with CSS3 and HTML5 * And much more...

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Get Started Fast with Professional-Quality CSS3 Animation!


For web designers and developers building rich web and mobile applications, standards-based CSS3 is the future! Learning CSS3 Animations and Transitions is the only tutorial focused entirely on creating quality animations and transitions with CSS3. Leading web developer and trainer Alexis Goldstein  covers everything web professionals need to know through solid examples that help you build your  skills one step at a time.


Goldstein’s project-based approach guides you through using transforms, transitions, keyframe  animations, JavaScript, and even advanced techniques such as parallax scrolling. You’ll discover how to make the most of pure HTML5/CSS3, how to go even further with JavaScript and jQuery animation triggers, and how to add life, movement, and effects to any site or app. Along the way, you’ll find expert knowledge, best practices, and “jumpstart” code for building everything from rich animations to  advanced interactive infographics!


If you’re ready to move on from Adobe® Flash® Technology, and create dynamic, motion-rich experiences for today’s  browsers and mobile devices, Learning CSS3 Animations and  Transitions is your fastest route to success!


Coverage includes


• Employing free tools to make the most of CSS3’s capabilities

• Supporting vendor-specific prefixes and checking for HTML5 support

• Leveraging the full power of CSS3 transforms

• Combining transforms with transitions to animate changes over time

• Using keyframe animations to gain fine-grained control over every moment of your animation

• Building 3D-like effects without 3D manipulation

• Using 3D transform properties to control depth

• Creating powerful effects that combine 2D/3D transforms, transitions, and keyframe animations

• Bringing text to life with animation techniques and jQuery

• Creating full-fledged cartoon-style animations

• Visualizing data through animated and interactive infographics  

About the Author

Alexis Goldstein first taught herself HTML while a high school student in the mid-1990s and went on to get a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University. Alexis previously co-authored the book HTML5 & CSS3 for the Real World with Louis Lazaris and

Estelle Weyl. Alexis began her career with a seven-year stint in technology on Wall Street, where she worked in both the cash equity and equity derivative spaces at three major firms and learned to love daily code reviews. Alexis now runs a software development and training company, aut faciam LLC. She also teaches with Girl Develop It in New York, a group that conducts low-cost programming classes for women, and is a member of NYC Resistor in Brooklyn. In her spare time, you can find Alexis organizing with affinity groups of Occupy Wall Street in New York City.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on CSS3 Animations 6 Feb 2013
By peter at scandinavianbooks.com - Published on Amazon.com
Not surprisingly, CSS3 animations have gained considerable popularity, especially in smartphone apps. CSS3 makes it very easy to create animations and transitions and allows for dynamic effect without plugins like Flash® that often doesn't work well and does not work at all in some settings.

Learning CSS3 Animations and Transitions, with the somewhat long subtitle «A Hands-on Guide to Animating in CSS3 with Transforms, Transitions, Keyframe Transitions, and JavaScript» is a very hands-on project-oriented introduction to the set of new techniques made available by the new CSS3 standards. It contains examples on how to use each of the new features, and the code for the examples in the book are available online. It also has a set of useful links to valuable resources.

The book is great at showing what is now possible and explaining it in an easy to understand, yet clear and concise language. I like the fact that Learning CSS3 Animations and Transitions has such a clear focus. Also, Alexis Goldstein is a good writer, so this is a great book to learn CSS3 animations from!
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Covers Basic Animation Okay but Later Chapters Too Complicated 19 Feb 2013
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I think the first few chapters that cover basic CSS 3 animations are fairly good, and worth a 3-star or higher rating, but I was a bit disappointed with the rest of the book.

The book was not as thick as I was expecting.

The author shows how to use divs with CSS to make CSS-only drawings (in one chapter, she shows how to draw a bicycle using only CSS and then how to animate it). Prior to this book, I knew some web designers were using this method to make triangles, but had no idea designers were using CSS only to make cartoons and other images.

One minor quibble I have is that the book starts out explaining a lot of theory, warns that not all browsers supports CSS 3 animations, we're told when and how to use Modernizr, and so on.

I am the kind of person, who, when I buy a book like this, I would like to jump into learning the material immediately (in this case being how to actually make CSS-based animations) and would prefer to see the warning-type information later in the book, or in an appendix. That is just a personal preference of mine, others may not be so bothered by that. But that was one long introductory chapter to have to wade through.

I realize that the back cover mentions that JavaScript and JQuery will be mentioned in the book along with CSS, but I was not prepared by just how much they are utilized (which comes a little before mid-way in the book, and used even more heavily in the end chapters).

I am a graphic designer who is not formally trained in web design, nor did I have any computer programming at all while in college. Thank goodness I learned Flash's Action Script 2 and 3 on my own over the years, otherwise I would not have understood the JS and JQ content in this book at all. As it stands, I found the Java Script / JQuery coverage and use confusing, hard to understand, and had only a basic, vague idea of what was going on.

I think I would have preferred it had the book spent longer on basic CSS-only concepts (with no JQuery or JavaScript), with more small examples - three or four examples per concept, for example, rather than just one very long project or a single short one per concept.

A lot of the book didn't give a sense of why you were doing what you were doing.

You will be presented with long lines of CSS 3 (and at times with Java Script) but not get a good grip on why either being used. I find this is a shortcoming in a lot of books similar to this one, though, like 99% of books about Action Script, where you will be shown many lines of code or scripting and have it explained to you - but not explained in a way that helps you understand the why's and how's behind what you just read or typed, but a re-hash of it.

I don't know how to explain it. Yes, after copying a bunch of script or CSS, the author will 'explain' it to you in this book, but it's more like reading a long repeat of what you just saw, rather than a teacher illuminating how or why the code/script actually works, and why.

I found a lot of the material - presented with a bunch of code, then the author explains (rehashes) the code in every day English, to be repetitive.

If you already know JavaScript and JQuery really well, you might think this is a good book. If not, like me, you will probably find it too hard or confusing.

There are currently not many CSS animation books available. I am thinking about getting one of the only other CSS animation books that is available right now, and see if it makes learning CSS animation any easier.

The first few chapters on basic animation were okay, but I'm going to have to get another book or read online tutorials to really pick this subject up.
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