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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 January 2014
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As I'm a professional programmer this book was eagerly awaited; as browsers have now all 'come of age' I was excited as to what I might start using, in CSS3 / HTML5 terms.

I was pretty disappointed then that the book starts describing aspects of browser technology and only belatedly mentions things like "only Opera supports this at the moment" - after I've been vainly experimenting with a more mainstream browser wondering why I wasn't seeing the expected results.

It's not laid out well enough for a book covering future, if not experimental, technology. If each topic had a header listing which browsers supported the feature (or, perhaps, where each browser was on the road map for that particular feature) it would have been much more useful.

As it is, I got disillusioned as many things I tried failed on the 'big three' browsers (IE, Firefox and Chrome) making the 'feature' so unsupported I can't help wondering how the author managed to try any of them out.

I may have another read and experiment now that IE 11 has been released, although, as the author says, there's no guarantee that any of the browsers will support a particular new CSS3 feature, and until they *all* do it's back to the old days of IE6 where you had to program workarounds if you were going to make your website work across multiple browsers.

So finally, whilst the book is interesting as to what the future *might* hold it's not a reference book for CSS3 as it stands at the beginning of 2014.

A good read if you're interested in the way browsers are potentially heading but not for your everyday use in constructing interesting websites (yet).


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VINE VOICEon 12 January 2014
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My first impressions were that it might be focussed on animation and cheap effects that often don't add that much to a site. However, having covered the animation side of things, the second half focuses more on layout and text presentation, and is arguably a lot more generally useful for making a good-looking site. It also briefly explores options like LESS as languages that help generate good CSS.

Importantly, as well as covering how styles should be used, it explains which browsers support it properly, and notes when there is support only using prefixed versions. In at least one case, it explains the CSS3 standard and then notes that none of the major browsers support it yet, making it a little hard to use in the real world, but at least it shows where things should be going as well as the current state of play.

I'm not that keen on unnecessary animations that slow down a site just to look swish, so the first part of the book didn't particularly appeal, although setting up single-image animations using sprites was an interesting one (it might have been more interesting if it had similarly explored using a single image set up as a tile of icons to compress all the standard images for quicker loading, but the book is not long enough to cover everything.

It's less focused on real-world examples, or use of CSS from anything like ASP.NET or CMSes, but does still provide a useful insight into what CSS achieves and what it will achieve, and is a potentially useful, if somewhat short and basic, introduction to CSS3.
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VINE VOICEon 11 January 2014
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As a very experienced developer, but one with limited experience of the latest web technologies, I am in a position where I am about to start on a new project involving HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. I thought this book would be useful to get me up to date on CSS3. The problem I found immediately is that this book requires existing CSS3 knowledge. To be fair, it does say that in the introduction, but buying online, it didn't say that in the product description. Anyway, having gone away and worked through another book before this one, I felt more comfortable reading this one. Whilst I wouldn't say that web design is my top skill, this book definitely gives me knowledge of what is possible with CSS3, and to allow me to ask those on the project who specialise more in design the "Have you thought about..." questions that are useful for making others think something is their own idea. This isn't a book on the reading list that most of the team are using, but it is a book that will help me bring further ideas to the project, hopefully improving the end result.

The book itself is presented slightly strangely. It uses very clear fonts, on nice white paper, so no problem reading it even in poor light. Some of the presentation does feel busy. If you just focus on the immediate area that you are reading, it isn't too bad. However, if you are skimming through looking for something, the "busyness" does make it harder.

Recommended, but only for those already reasonably au fait with CSS3. This is not a tutorial for beginners.
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VINE VOICEon 2 December 2013
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As an inexperienced web developer, this book is a great resource to get up to speed with the bleeding edge of CSS3. I can't necessarily plug most of the examples in to my code (something like a third the book can't even be used in the latest browsers never mind IE7) but it's a great read to see what is coming. Well written it does feel short and leaves you wanting more but that's what the internet is there for. At under 400 pages of comfortable sized font it does feel a little expensive at RRP.

Contents are what you would expect if you've looked at any of CSS3 - the new selectors, the improved text effects, flexbox, animations, 3d, columns, responsive queries, grids etc. There is some talk of preprocessors and the future. The section I found most interesting was the chapter of creating solutions for standard problems with just css; one day soon maybe it will be time to put Jquery out to pasture.

This is a book of its time, in 2013 much of the contents is still the future and this is inspiration and a great jumping off point, If this 2015 I imagine there is a better book out there for you.
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I was required to do some HTML5 without having much experience, and found this book a good, and helpful, guide to the CSS3 aspect of HTML5. Although not a beginners book, I found this very useful in that it gets straight to the point without too much background explanation and launched you straight into the 'code' with some good examples (Complete with plenty of diagrams and images) that are broken down into precise details on what the constituent parts do - perfect for creating transitions and both 2D and 3D transforms. Later chapters look at creating media based enquiries and it also touches on CSS pre-processors. This is a very good book for experienced engineers who can pick up the syntax as they go along or people who understand the basics of stylesheets and want to get more out of it. The writing style is quite informal and the explanations are precise.
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VINE VOICEon 23 November 2013
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This is an indispensable addition to any web designer's library, offering succinct but comprehensive examples of the many options available in CSS3.

Although the blurb stresses the advanced and higher level aspects covered, it also offers an invaluable guide to anyone conversant with CSS but not yet up to speed on the details of CSS3 - e.g. how to isolate design features such as adding/removing a border on all elements except the first, last or any in between; adding gradients; text shadow; etc.

I've read a number of books on CSS3 and - as a work of reference rather than tutorial - would rate this as one of the best.
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VINE VOICEon 23 January 2014
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I am currently developing a website where I need to provide a horizontal and vertical scrolling grid and thought this may be a useful resource. However, despite being an interesting read about what is possible, unless I can get users to use a CSS3 compliant browser, I will have to stick to using Javascript.
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on 13 March 2014
Some great real life examples that let you create some great animations and responsive layouts. A great reference book too.
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