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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (16 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593272863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593272869
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 3.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter has been a pro­fes­sional web developer for many years, start­ing at the height of the dot-com boom. He has worked freel­ance and per­man­ent for agen­cies and cor­por­a­tions, for cli­ents inc­luding Orange, Skype, Cisco Systems and the soc­cer club he pas­sion­ately fol­lows, Arsenal. He now works for digital agency Poke in Shoreditch, London.

He spe­cial­ises in front-end de­vel­op­ment, mostly HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and is a firm pro­ponent of web stand­ards and semantic markup. He keeps his own blog about web tech­no­lo­gies, Broken Links, was a long-time writer at CSS3​.info, and has writ­ten for Dev.Opera and the UK web magazine, .net. He has given talks at London's web devel­op­ment com­munity meet­ings and other pub­lic events, and aims to do more of this in the future.

Peter lives in London with his wife, Ana. He loves to read, any­thing from lit­er­at­ure to his­tory (espe­cially nat­ural his­tory and evol­u­tion) and psy­cho­logy, and is a big fan of inde­pend­ent com­ics and film. The Book of CSS3 is his first book.

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Peter Gasston has been a web developer for over 10 years in both agency and corporate settings. He was one of the original contributors to CSS3.info, the leading online destination for CSS3. Peter has been published in the UK's .net magazine, gives talks about CSS and web technologies at developer conferences, and runs the web development blog Broken Links. He lives in London, England.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bolton on 13 May 2011
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for an introduction to basic CSS, this is probably not the book for you. If you already understand the fundamentals such as the CSS syntax, the cascade and the box model, then this book is an absolute must read. Whether you're a senior front-end architect or make websites for fun, this book will help you understand all the major updates to one of the most important languages used on the web today. It's also vital to know what works in each browser and why, and Peter has got it spot on.

As CSS3 has only recently introduced so many new and exciting concepts, one of the only complete resources we have is the official specs. These modules have never been easy to browse and are not designed as teaching aids. Peter uses real-world examples to discuss new additions ranging from gradients to web fonts, in a way that will help you get up to speed in no time.

CSS3 has been in the draft stages for a number of years. It is now at a stage where it is giving developers the option to style the document to suit the viewing medium, providing huge financial and time saving opportunities. This book highlights a range of features that really should be used on the web but aren't due to a lack of knowledge, even though some have been good to go in modern web browsers for a while. Some of the lesser known concepts such as flexible box layouts and 3D transformations are discussed in great detail. This book also shows you how CSS3 can be used to replace Javascript for a lot of common actions used all over the web today.

I have been lucky enough to hear Peter Gasston speak at a number of tech events in London and I was very pleased to see his presentational style and expert knowledge was carried over to this book. If you use CSS in any capacity and want to learn cutting-edge document styling you really should be reading this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael Larsen on 11 May 2011
Format: Paperback
The web is changing. Every year there is a new piece of functionality that becomes part of a next "killer app" and the desire to have that information online and in the mobile space is changing the way that the web and mobile apps are developed. CSS3 is a developing standard and one that, along with HTML 5, will have the potential to transform the way that we view and interact with the web and apps via the Internet, mobile phones, and other devices that utilize the standards.

The Book of CSS3, written by Peter Gasston and published by No Starch Press, is a welcome exploration into this brave new world. Peter opens the book with the following statement in the Preface:

This book is the culmination of five years' writing about CSS3, both on the Web and in print. The browser and CSS landscape has changed a lot in that short time and continues to change today, bringing new features and implementations at a rate that's difficult to keep up with. The CSS3 specification is written in (often dense) technical language that's intended for implementers rather than end users, and my intent in writing this book was to bridge the gap between specification and web developer.

Can an emerging spec get a good treatment in a book as it's actively being developed? Will there be pieces missing? How well does Peter deliver on the promise of demystifying CSS3 for the average web designer/developer (not to mention web tester, which is more of where I fall on the continuum)? Let's find out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mko on 26 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Peter is perfectly right with his introduction to the book - "Let me tell you a little about who I think you are: You're a web professional who's been hand-coding HTML and CSS (...)". This sentence, probably, describes most of the home grown HTML developers around the world. If you are working with CSS and you want to know what to expect when it comes to CSS3 this book sound to be quite useful. Peter goes over the features of CSS3 while at the same time presenting them in a structured way. He discuses particular rule, shows examples of the usage, and, at the end of each chapter, summarizes their support within most commonly used web engines: WebKit, Firefox, Opera, and IE. You will find this list again within appendix - this way you can easily check whether particular feature is missing or not within given Web browser.

When it comes to the content, it turned out that I am really a casual user of CSS. There are many rules that I was not aware of. This way, I was able to learn new stuff. On the other hand, I think that material is quite demanding for the reader. As Peter states at the beginning of the book: "The Book of CSS3 helps you leverage the excellent knowledge you have of CSS2.1 in order to make learning CSS3 easier. I won't explain the fundamentals of CSS". This is true indeed. You have to have the knowledge of basics in order to benefit from the book. I suggest getting some other position that will teach you CSS from the scratch before targeting this one. What I can definitely say about the book is it's style. It suits me. Peter simply focuses on the matter itself. However, keep it mind that book is not for a beginners.
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