Smashing CSS: Professional Techniques for Modern Layout (Smashing Magazine Book Series) Paperback – 12 Nov 2010
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The problem with CSS is that it can be puzzling and counter-intuitive; there is a lot to get your head around, which makes a book like this really useful if you need to understand it - and if you do web design and layout, you do need to understand it. There is also the tricky issue of cross-browser compatibility, and I like the way Meyer is pragmatic and realistic in his advice.
That said, this title is NOT an introduction to CSS, nor is it a complete guide. The introduction makes it clear:
"This book contains close to 100 tips, techniques, tools, and tricks for making great Web sites using CSS. Each of them is meant to stand on its own: you can flip to any random page and just read what you find there."
In other words, this should not be your first book on CSS unless you are already familiar with it, but is a good second or third book on the subject.
Smashing CSS is in three sections. The first is called Fundamentals and kicks off with a survey of browser-based CSS tools. It really gets going with the second chapter on CSS selectors: a must read.
The second section is called Essentials, and begins with a chapter of tips with good stuff on element visibility and list designs, followed by another must-read chapter on layouts.Read more ›
The book is full of short sharp descriptions of potentially useful information that could surely benefit from Eric just making some kind of effort to explain it in more detail. Instead what we get is - "It's too much trouble, so go figure for yourself." Which personally I don't find particularly helpful. Thanks but no thanks Eric, I think I'll pass. If you can't be bothered then neither can I. We may be plebs as far as you're concerned, but we're the ones who part with our hard-earned to buy your books and we deserve much better consideration.
The book itself is very appropriately printed in full colour, as you really need colour in order to test and understand how CSS styles work. Explanations are clear and concise with adequate examples of CSS code with corresponding images of the browser output. You could use this book as a reference book to address specific issues as they become relevant to you.
I chose this book because Eric Meyer is (as it says on the back cover) an "internationally recognised expert on html, css and web standards" - which is certainly true. My reasoning is that he is in a position to provide an overview of many of the core CSS design issues that a novice web designer has to understand. I have not been disappointed.
In summary, I'd say that the book achieves its aims at developing an "advanced beginner to intermediate" user's knowledge and understanding of CSS.
From the title, you might expect it to concentrate on layout, and although its best section does deal with layout, there is a lot of other more general CSS content ranging from very basic, to antiquated.
All this isn't to say it's badly written or put together – Meyer is undoubtedly an expert and a good writer – it's just that this book suffers like so many technical books from being outdated very quickly. If you are pretty new to CSS there is definitely some good content here and even the legacy hacks are of interest, however it is in bad need of an update and would have been a far better book if it had concentrated exclusively on layout, which is the most complex and volatile part of CSS.
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Very useful already and only had it a day - great on detail and has answered a number of questions I had. Not for the novice, but adequately well explained for the non-expert too.Published on 22 Oct. 2013 by W. Tyrrell
It's like this book walks through an arbitrary list of CSS foibles rather than trying to teach from scratch. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2013 by Mr. Simon Parker
The author has an impressive knowledge of CSS, which he shared in his books and on the net. This book gives 100 tips on using CSS, mostly in specific situations but also mentioning... Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2012 by Peter Durward Harris
Whilst clearly written and succinct, Smashing CSS is something of an "in-between" book. Meyer's credentials as a CSS expert are impeccable, having worked on the W3C standard, but... Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2012 by Priyan Meewella
This is a great book for learning about styling with CSS. My job involves some UI work every now and then so I have a bit of experience of using CSS but I found this book brilliant... Read morePublished on 26 April 2012 by D. Gibson
Item exceedingly and fascinatingly SUPERB to grips !!!!!
Besides advanced introductory levels of CSS, it takes you to the underground levels secrets of it and even justifiably... Read more
Eric is like the Tony Hawk of css - coming up with new ways to flip over and whatnot, and that's very impressive, but that makes his book a good book to have in addition to your... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2011 by Mr. Richard I. Calvert
I really find this book interesting, and it contains a lot of the information which you'll need if you want to learn CSS. Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2011 by Richard Stowey
This is a practical guide to using CSS, combining detailed technical explanations of CSS basics with thoroughly explained examples of various layout techniques. Read morePublished on 1 July 2011 by M. V. Clarke