|Coding for Kids
Author: Mike McGrath
The first four chapters introduce HTML and make use of a simple text editor. Personally I would prefer to use an IDE like NetBeans, but I agree that this needs more complex setting up. After a brief introduction to how the web works, we move on to creating some simple contents - a div used as a box, some text, images and links. If the reader is of the mindset that needs to understand everything then there might be a problem. Everything is explained in simple terms, but by its very nature, there isn't a logic that determines why HTML it is like it is - mostly it's like it is because it just has to be that way to work. For example, including a statement that the text is coded in UTF 8 raises the question of what other codings there might be and to answer this would take us far too far into the mess that is encodings.
This is a well-written and well-produced book. If you are the right reader then it will do its job and repay the time and effort you put into reading it. To be the right reader you need to want to make web apps and be prepared to do some work. After you finish the book, if you progress, you will discover that there are easier ways of creating the web page UI than hand-coding HTML/CSS and you will have to find out about web servers and how to get your page on the public web, but that is another story and only emphasizes how far you still have to travel.
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 December 2019 )