Web Development Recipes Paperback – 16 Jan 2012
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About the Author
Chris Warren is a developer and support lead at Zencoder. He's been creating websites since teaching himself HTML in 1998, and after stints with ASP and ColdFusion development he came across Ruby and Rails. In addition to programming he enjoys cycling, photography, and going on adventures with his wife.
Mike Weber is a web developer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He's been developing professionally since 2005, almost exclusively with Ruby on Rails. When not counting whitespace he enjoys running, swimming and golfing as well as spending time with his wife and dog.
Chris Johnson is a web developer and technology consultant living outside of Madison, Wisconsin. He has been developing websites professionally since 2003 when he got his first paycheck as a freelancer. When he's not developing, he enjoys tinkering with technology and mechanical things, photography, video games, playing hockey and spending time with his wife and their two dogs.
Aaron Godin is a programmer and designer. If he's not deep in a Rails application or programming in Ruby, he spends his time working with all things front-end. Besides being a Macophile, his other interests include electronic music, martial arts, skateboarding, and making fun of iPad commercials.
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It's impossible to have projects take you in to every "possible" area in front end web dev, and this book seems to cover a lot of ground. Perhaps I'm a bit early to rate this as I'm only 1/3 through the book, but I'm giving it 5 stars just on what I've read so far + relevance. I have read other pragmatic recipe books that I thought were just ok but this one is better. Again, I do this stuff for a living and I can assure that the choices made are pretty darn good (e.g. knockout and backbone; ok, you can go learn Ember, etc., yourself, but I've tried all the MVC's to date and these are quite reasonable choices). Also, stuff that I DO know already I can confirm that they're advise is pretty spot on.
Disclaimer: Assumes you're relatively experienced (although a determined beginner could google missing info). Also, the book is very time sensitive in that many recipes will become obsolete in time but what else is new! Also, as someone who's reasonably experienced, I'm not so worried if there are typos/mistakes and I'm a bit more interested in concepts that will bootstrap me in the right direction. Lastly, if you prefer full coverage of topics, rationale, etc., this book is likely not aimed at your needs; although you may still consider it as a supplementary material to a thicker reference, etc. If you get bored with long winded books, however, this one's probably a fit. It's sort of a "written by developer's, for developers" approach they take.
Has this ever happened to you? You're working on a website or webpage and want to add some extra functionality. You know it can be done- you've seen it used on other sites, but you're not exactly sure how it's done. Whip out this handy "cookbook" and you'll be building 12-column, flexible layout, jQuery functioning, HTML 5 web pages faster than Paula Dean can deep fry a Moon Pie - and with less calories too! And your client need be none the wiser if you don't want them to. Bonus Power-Up!
You need this book. Just get it and move on.
Web Development Recipes is extremely useful. The recipes cover a lot of ground and could be useful in many situations. I am not the most programming oriented developer out there but the writing is clear and concise and the recipes are so compelling it has motivated me to step up my game and learn more in some of the areas where I'm weak.
One aspect of the book that I really appreciated was the introduction to some frameworks and tools that I was unaware. Such as
- litmus.com, a website that enables you to test email delivery
- virtualBox which is a x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product
I also got some great ideas from the book on how to leverage DropBox to do some cool sutff like use it as a place to host a static web site, or to use it to host a blog created with Jekyll.
The book is a rich resource of tools, tips and solid, useable recipes all written in a very approachable style.
I would say that a beginner would be in too deep with this book. Intermediates and up will get the most value from the book.
The publisher, Pragmatic Programmers is a new one to me, but if this book is any indication of the quality of their other books, I'll be a big fan! Highly recommended.