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CSS Secrets: Better Solutions to Everyday…

CSS Secrets: Better Solutions to Everyday Web Design Problems (2015)

by Lea Verou

Other authors: Monica Kamsvaag (Cover designer), Eric A. Meyer (Foreword)

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This book by the veteran web developer Lea Verou is intended for a somewhat more advanced audience and addresses problems which can not be solved using ‘typical’ CSS. A lot of these problems are however very real and are faced by web developers on a daily basis. This book is therefore an extremely valuable reference for dealing with the more complex side of CSS, whilst relying as little as possible on CSS pre-processors or scripting. The book is conveniently split up into chapters, with each one devoted to a different set of problems such as Shapes, Typography and Structure & Layout.

Each section begins with a particular problem such as a desired visual effect. Lea then formulates an approach to solving this problem while clearly stating her reasoning behind it - I found this to be particularly educational as it has encouraged me to think more creatively while writing CSS. The initial idea is then refactored into a finished solution which addresses the defined problem while being kept as minimal as possible. In doing so Lea strives to keep the code DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself). This is commendable, although I feel like in certain cases it perhaps goes too far and potentially harms the readability of code. At other points the solutions rely on techniques which are not yet well supported, even in modern browsers, although to Lea’a credit she always warns if browser support is low, and provides fallbacks if these exist.

At times Lea offers a peek into the future by referring to CSS specification currently in development - it is encouraging to see that as time goes by we as developers will be able to implement a lot of these solutions natively without having to constantly think outside of the box and ‘hacking’ CSS (although certainly as designs grow more complex and intricate, a new set of problems will emerge which will in turn require new imaginative workarounds).

The intention of this book is to offer concise solutions to concrete problems whilst encouraging a creative approach to front end development and for me personally it succeeds on both of these fronts. ( )
  ilokhov | Dec 27, 2015 |
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In loving memory of my mother & best friend, Maria Verou (1952-2013), who left this world way too early.
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Contrary to popular belief, the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) does not "make" standards.
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Based on two popular talks from author Lea Verou - including CSS3 Secrets: 10 things you may not know about CSS - this practical guide provides more than 50 undocumented techniques and tips for using CSS3 to create better websites. The talks that spawned this book have been top-rated by W3Conf and .net magazine. Get information you won't find in any other book Learn through small, easily digestible chapters Helps you understand CSS more deeply so you can improve your own solutions Apply Lea's techniques to problems other than those she discusses Gain tips from a rockstar author who works for W3C - the organization responsible for CSS.… (more)

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