Author: Oswald Campesato
Publisher: Mercury Learning & Information
Reviewer: Ian Elliot
CSS3 is the overlooked technology by many a programmer. A pocket book might let you get up to speed.
Chapter 1 is an over view of HTML5 - to short to be of much use if you really don't know HTML5. It would have been much better to have skipped this and told the reader to go and find a pocket book on HTML5 if they needed. Chapter 2 is where the book starts on the topic of CSS3. After a quick overview we have pseudo classes and then almost straight on to shadow effects, rounded corners, linear and radial gradients, 3D transforms and so on. No in-depth look at selectors at all. In fact, there isn't one in the remainder of the book. OK, selectors have been in CSS since the beginning, but we just had a chapter on HTML5. Surely the basic principles of CSS deserve more explanation?
If you thought that Chapter 2 was a little bit graphics-oriented you would be correct. Chapter 3 continues with 2D graphics and animation and Chapter 4 is on 3D graphics and animation. If these are the topics you are interested in then this might well be a book you want to look at.
Chapter 5 returns to a more central CSS topic - media queries. Here we look at detecting resolution and orientation. This would be useful to most web programmers.
Chapter 6 returns to graphics with HTML5 Canvas and how it interacts with CSS3. The only problem is most of the chapter is on Canvas. There's the same problem with Chapter 7, which is on SVG and again we have a lot about SVG and not much on CSS3. It is not that this chapter shouldn't be in the book, it is more that it has pushed out lots of topics that are more central to CSS3.
The penultimate chapter is on miscellaneous topics and covers advanced features, Flexbox and Grid layout in particular. It would have been more useful to have both of these covered in a chapter to themselves and more centrally in the book as they are hot topics.
The final chapter is on mobile apps. An interesting topic but one that deserves a book to itself. CSS3 does help with mobile, but it is really the bigger picture of responsive design it helps with.
This book is very strong on graphics and if you want to know about CSS3, canvas and SVG then you might find its small size and numerous examples helpful. It is light on any explanation of how things are organized, how to think about what CSS3 offers, or indeed about what you might consider core CSS3. For example, if you want to know about grid layout, flexbox or say creating custom controls with CSS3 you need to look for a different book.
Author: Monika Singla and Sneha Poddar
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Audience: Hadoop job candidates
Reviewer: Ian Stirk This Kindle-only e-book aims to help you pass an interview for a job as a Hadoop developer at the junior or mid-level position, how does it fare?