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Publisher: Cengage Learning; 005 edition (April 13, 2012)
Publication Date: April 13, 2012
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I got this book for an online class, and it was so informative and helpful, that I only had to reach out to the teacher MAYBE twice for assistance. I would especially recommend this book for those that haven't been in the HTML world for a while (it's been 10 years for me), and even those learning for the first time. Really great step by step learning, with reviews at the end that push you just that little bit more to really make sure what you learned is concrete in your mind.I also RENTED this book through , rather than purchasing it, for the first time. I will definitely do it again. Very reasonable price, and the return process couldn't be easier.
I am using this for book for an online college class. It is fairly easy, as college texts go. I like the organization of the book, that each chapter teaches some topics, offers a tutorial with exact expected answers in the book (the accompanying files are free online), and then offers additional tutorials for extra practice on each chapter (accompanying files also found online). Some might say that having the answers right there in the book makes it too easy, but I find that I like to be walked through a valid working example and see for myself what happens. Then I can play around with those tools and on my own. I would buy from this author/publisher again.
I required this book for a web authoring class at a local community junior college. Although I would have preferred a different book that has different methods of teaching CSS and HTML, this is what I was stuck with. I did get an "A" in the class, but I also had to do extensive research online (using Google and YouTube) to learn about the different commands and structure.
Overall the book is very useful though you can look up a lot of it's content online, if you prefer a book this isn't too bad....One big gripe I have it though that few of it's exercises are bit off. for example the sports blogger one, I couldn't get the back ground color of comment back to actually wrap around comment box stuff. or it's great the it's showing two ways of making forums but I'd like it to be consistent through out.
There's really a depth to the material presented in Carey's book that I haven't seen elsewhere. In each chapter Carey gives a step-by-step tutorial while he explains the how and why of each concept. The tutorial is followed by practice review exercises which allow you to practice the concepts without depending on the step-by-step guide. Each chapter builds on concepts learned in the previous chapters.My only complaint is that like all experts, Carey sometimes forgets what it's like to approach the material as a beginner. Although he strives to explain the little things, there are occasional concepts which aren't immediately clear and which could be explained better. This problem isn't excessively frequent, which is why I still have the book four stars.
I am currently using this book for a college course on HTML & CSS as well as taking other web design courses and using a total of 8 books for all of my classes. This book is simply outstanding. I've taken years of college courses before and have been through many coding course books over the years. This book is a deep dive into html5 and css3 while providing good information for supporting older browsers. It seems very comprehensive and the follow-along tutorials are very helpful, enjoyable to do, and tackle realistic web site situations. The layout of the book is excellent and it is a very visual book, which is as helpful as a well laid out website, which helps me out a lot. It is a mass of information being presented and the book does a very good job of explaining some of the hard to get concepts within CSS. This is not a light book, or only high-level covering HTML/CSS and design, or a light beginners guide, or a book for dummies. It is a very thorough guide to learning HTML and CSS. It takes me a couple of days to get through each tutorial and work along. Two solid long days. This book is outstanding and I wish that more highly technical books that teach coding, scripting, and the like, were approached just like this book does which I find highly effective and just a pleasure to learn with. Hats off to the author and publisher!
Overall its a good book with a lot of tips and tricks but to be honest for the class I had you should probably just get an older edition.There are times when this text just drops you in the middle of something and gives you no help. The demos are somewhat helpful but you have to download the files from a confusing website.If you are a beginner I'd suggest booking a tutor appointment or going after hours as this book has some gaps. Otherwise its decent and in depth.
The only reason I gave this a four rather than a five is because the downloadable files that came with the book weren't always proofed carefully. Other than that I found this an excellent source for HTML and CSS including how to write the current versions of both languages and also to accommodate different browsers and devices. One of the better books I've seen on this with useful tips and step-by-step tutorials.