Author: Steven Holzner
Publisher: Sams, 2010
Aimed at: Web developers
Pros: Good, brief, coverage of APIs
Cons: Lacking in explanation
Reviewed by: David Conrad
Lesson 1 kicks off with an overview of HTML5 and the topics that the subsequent lessons will deal with. Interestingly it doesn't make a big thing out of the new semantic markup tags that HTML5 introduces - being programmer oriented the author probably didn't think they were worth the attention.
Lesson 2 is about using the canvas element. It consists of a short introduction to the basics ideas and some examples. Lesson 3 deals with dragging and dropping in much the way. Then we have a lesson dealing with the new web form controls, inline editing, working with the browser history, messaging, using video and audio, web storage and finally SVG and MathML. The final two are a strange choice because both have been around a before HTML5 but it is true that they are going to be more important now that they are standardized.
Overall the introductions to the topics are short and to the point. Some of the examples are a little on the long side and occasionally there isn't enough justification for the feature - what, for example, is the messaging API or the history API used for? Also there are few details of what might be going on server side
Also there is no discussion of the problems of compatibility. Each section lists the browsers that support the API but no comments are provided about dealing with browsers that don't support the API are provided. This is just a book that tells you the very basics about how everything works. If this is what you are looking for then its quite good. If you are looking for something with extended discussions of the technology or explains how the HTML5 relates to earlier versions of HTML5.
Overall not a bad book if you want a fast no-nonsense introduction to the HTML5 APIs.
HTML5 - I've seen it. It's rubbish.