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by Peter Gasston

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This book is like an essay on changes, current and future, in front-end Web technologies, in particular HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. It's not a manual for either of those. You can't necessarily start right away using those since many are not yet fully supported by browsers. Rather it gives an idea where it all is heading. I am not sure how useful and practical this work is but I found it useful enough. ( )
  everfresh1 | Oct 15, 2013 |
The Modern Web
Peter Gasston
ISBN: 9781593274887
Publisher: No Starch Press
Released: April 2013
Pages: 264

As the pace of change in the Web domain keeps accelerating, working Web developers, all of us but especially freelancers, struggle with finding the time to: 1) work; and 2) not get too far behind the technology curve.

This book was written to help with that struggle:

“[T]his book is a snapshot of current, new, and near-future features in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and related technologies, with a bias toward those that are best for building sites in the multi-device world.”

The book begins by describing stuff that’s in a fairly advanced state of deployment, for example, elements introduced in HTML5 and WAI-ARIA properties, then moves through the spectrum to things not quite loose in the wild yet, like Web Components and CSS Variables. The author assumes some proficiency with Web technologies, sparing the busy reader long introductory explanations.

You will get a lot out of this book — in fact, I think you will get the most out of it — by first reading it through without concerning yourself too much with the plentiful code samples and implementation details. You’re unlikely to encounter a more articulate and engaging mid-level overview of the future of the Web platform anywhere, and the opportunity to gain a sense of how it all meshes by a quick read-through should be seized. You can re-read what is most timely for your current project, and then follow the links to further reading for more detailed and up-to-date information.

There is a good bibliography and suggestions for further reading appended to each chapter, and the references are gathered together again near the end of the book.

I found a lot in this book that I knew about, and more that I had never heard of, and came away with some confidence that I know where the technology is heading. I highly recommend this book for working Web developers. ( )
  steve.clason | May 14, 2013 |
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Today's web technologies are evolving at near-light speed, bringing the promise of a seamless Internet ever closer to reality. When users can browse the Web on a three-inch phone screen as easily as on a fifty-inch HDTV, what's a developer to do? Peter Gasston's The Modern Web will guide you through the latest and most important tools of device-agnostic web development, including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. His plain-English explanations and practical examples emphasize the techniques, principles, and practices that you'll need to easily transcend individual browser quirks and stay relevant as these technologies are updated. Learn how to: Plan your content so that it displays fluidly across multiple devices; Design websites to interact with devices using the most up-to-date APIs, including Geolocation, Orientation, and Web Storage; Incorporate cross-platform audio and video without using troublesome plug-ins; Make images and graphics scalable on high-resolution devices with SVG; Use powerful HTML5 elements to design better forms. Turn outdated websites into flexible, user-friendly ones that take full advantage of the unique capabilities of any device or browser. With the help of The Modern Web, you'll be ready to navigate the front lines of device-independent development. - Publisher.… (more)

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