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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book Review: Head First HTML5 Programming: Building Web Apps with JavaScript by Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Robson, O'Reilly Publications

By now I have read (or attempted to read) at least 3-4 books on HTML5. I have attended a few webinars by popular speakers as well. However, I have always found myself lost in the details as most books start with a lot of fluff on the history of the web, how it came to be, etc, etc. By the time I was done with the first couple of chapters, I was yearning for the actual stuff and lost interest. Enter the Head First book to my rescue.  Finally here is a book that explains visually about HTML5 and makes it a lot of fun actually while learning it. The authors have done a lot of work in the visuals, the humor, and constant reinforcing of concepts via quizzes, Q&A, etc. In short, I just love this book!

The book is huge - around 600 pages on my iPad. However, it is not all words. There are plenty of pictures and puzzles in each chapter. This keeps the reader focused and interested in the contents. It has a comprehensive coverage of HTML5 and JavaScript. Most, if not all, new features of HTML5 are covered like Geolocation, Canvas, Video, Web Storage, and Web Workers. This is an excellent book for beginners and intermediate programmers alike. Have fun while you learn!


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