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This review is from: The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks and Hacks (Paperback)
Before buying this book consider carefully if it is right for you.
If you haven't any grounding in CSS then it isn't a great way of learning: it doesn't walk you through the details of the system, so you will learn by random example - a poor way to learn.
If you are reasonably adept at CSS then the book isn't advanced enough. Case in point: the book steers clear of introducing CSS for full drop down menus - it CAN be done (it is difficult and is very effective for search engine optimisation processes). So, it's not exactly an advanced 'cookbook' to dip into.
So, we guess if you're a middling developer who doesn't want to spend time figuring out how CSS actually works, and are happy to copy and paste fairly simple examples, then this might be the book for you.
However, if you are a beginner, OR looking for more in depth information, then instead go for the excellent "CSS - the missing manual", which will walk you through everything from scratch, give you an excellent grounding in CSS (which you will need if you want to do anything other than copy and pastes of other people's code) AND contains as many examples to base your designs on as this book does anyway (the only downside is that it doesn't match the beautiful print and layout of the Sitepoint books).
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Initial post: 16 Mar 2009 22:58:52 GMT
Mr. T. S. Buckley says:
Best review I've read. Told me what I really wanted to know; i.e "not ideal for beginners; there's a better alternative"
Posted on 8 Aug 2009 22:38:35 BDT
Great review, i was wondering if i should get this book or the css - the missing manual and now i'm sure that the missing manual is right for me. i will probably get the book:css mastery advanced web standard solutions, seems like a great book to carry on with after reading the missing manual.
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