CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2012
Pages: 650

CSS3 lets you create professional-looking websites, but learning its finer points can be tricky—even for seasoned web developers. This Missing Manual shows you how to take your HTML and CSS skills to the next level, with valuable tips, tricks, and step-by-step instructions. You’ll quickly learn how to build web pages that look great and run fast on devices and screens of all sizes.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Start with the basics. Write CSS3-friendly HTML, including the HTML5 tags recognized by today’s browsers.
  • Apply real-world design. Format text, create navigation tools, and enhance pages with graphics.
  • Make your pages lively. Create eye-catching animations and give your visitors attractive tables and forms.
  • Take control of page layouts. Use professional design techniques such as floats and positioning.
  • Look great on any device. Craft websites that adapt to desktop, tablet, and mobile browsers.
  • Get advanced techniques. Use CSS3 more effectively and efficiently, and ensure that your web pages look good when printed.
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    5.0

    Excellent book

    By Gus

    from Spain

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      Comments about oreilly CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

      This book is perfect to learn CSS, no matter if you don't know CSS yet. If you already know CSS but don't fully understand things like selectors, inheritance or the box model, this book will definitely help you. Totally worth its price.

       
      5.0

      Best Booke Ive read on CSS

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        Comments about oreilly CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

        Simple as that.
        The best and most coplete.

         
        3.0

        Sloppy Code in Tutorial Files

        By ftworthruss

        from Fort Worth, TX

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          Comments about oreilly CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

          First of all, the O'Reilly books have been a great resource for learning how to code (I probably have a whole library suite of their coding books by now.)

          Having prior knowledge of a lot of the features that HTML5 and CSS3 have; I knew that I would probably skim over a large part of this book.

          My real interest in purchasing this book was on the chapter about building Responsive Websites (chapter 14).

          As you may know, the book offers helpful supplemental files for tutorials (BTW, I am using the files from the online source -not the disc-).

          I didn't need to build the code from scratch from the previous chapter (which it was using as a starting point) so I just grabbed the pre-built code dealing only with this chapter so I could follow along.

          When I saw the code it was a disaster. Almost all the code was left aligned (little indentation) and there were no spaces for even basic readability.

          So instead of this author letting me get right into working on this chapter, I had to re-position all the code just so I could see what I was doing.

          Making it even worse, the chapter (14) has you cut and paste a section of the code. And since none of the closing div tags are labeled (commented) by class name I had to also figure out what closing div goes to what opening tag (thank goodness there are only 3 divs in the whole page).

          Once again, I like these books a lot. But I hate having to spend time to fix code that I should be able to jump right into and practice.

           
          5.0

          Just what I needed to make a difference

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            Comments about oreilly CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

            As a student of creative digital media. I knew nothing about website design. I needed very urgently a book that can drive away my worry and anxiety. CSS3 The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition made the whole difference. The magic is so simple!

             
            5.0

            Love this resource

            By JessRen

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            • Performance-driven
            • Still Reading It
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                Comments about oreilly CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

                I am still reading this book. Great as a resource, I bought it most especially for the last 200 pages. However, I found the text explains even familiar material in a thoughtful context and has a strong performance focus. Addresses web styles and styling with a holistic perspective in terms of both benefiting your designs and aiding your overall coding choices.

                 
                5.0

                The missing manual indeed

                By Frielo

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                  Comments about oreilly CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

                  I use this book as the main vehicle to drive my students learning for it's detailed approach.

                  It would be fantastic if some form of electronic support containing website example could be offered.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  worst no source code

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                  worst no source code

                   
                  5.0

                  Best practices reference

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                    Comments about oreilly CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

                    O'Reilly books have been a mainstay in my professional library for years. In fact, I have used them as textbook and reference support in my undergraduate and graduate university courses in Computer Science and in my software developer work. I also currently have an ongoing subscription to Safari Books Online (www.safaribooksonline.com) which I highly recommend to anyone teaching a technical curriculum or doing software development. I use the online resources every day. Based on that, I also buy hard copy of the books that show best practices and that provide reference material I need at hand. safaribooksonline provides books and videos from many different publishers including O'Reilly. It is a major technical library which is available 24/7 that I can use anywhere I am including my primary work environment.

                     
                    5.0

                    great

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                      Comments about oreilly CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

                      The subject is complex and wide.
                      The book is very well organized and written.
                      The explanations are clear.
                      All derived and operational topics you can imagine are mentioned, generally with additional explanations, or at least by providing additional references.
                      This is a perfect book to start learning and then to deep dive.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Good, but a bit verbose

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                        Comments about oreilly CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

                        I am only 1/2 way through the book, but so far it is very easy to read and presents a lot of useful examples. I feel like I am already able to understand examples and CSS written by others much faster. My only complaint is that it is a bit repetitious, explaining some topics in multiple chapters instead of referencing them. This makes reading the book cover to cover a bit time consuming, however, it may come in handy later when using it as a reference.

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