CSS3: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: 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

    A must have for web developers.

    By Pletterpet

    from South-Africa

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

      I've been looking far and wide for a book to introduce and explain CSS3 concepts and features, but all of the books I encountered only touched on CSS3 and continued using third-party frameworks etc. to get things done.

      CSS3: The Missing Manual on the other hand offers exactly what the title states - A manual for CSS3.

      CSS3 concepts and features are covered at a level that students and novice HTML programmers will find easy to follow. Intermediate programmers can easily use this book as a go-to reference for CSS3.

      The book is very well written and super easy to read. When you read a book and glance at the page number to find you've already read 80 pages since starting, you know it's well written.

      I've been recommending this book to anybody asking if I know of a book that can teach them CSS3 and I will continue to do so.

      This is an excellent book to have in one's library.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great resource for learning CSS

      By JCorbin

      from Woodinville, WA

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      • A Few Parts Too Wordy

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

      This book includes thorough explanations, good diagrams and illustrations, and clear examples and tutorials. There are good discussions on browser support/gotchas for many CSS elements and properties. The book is essentially up-to-date as of mid-2013; only a very few links required a search to find the relevant site. There are many useful references throughout, such as using the Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator. The author sprinkles in occasional flashes of humor, without being overbearing.

      After working through the entire book and all of the examples, the only change I would recommend is the author should shorten or eliminate some of the repetitive explanations. For example, there is no need to explain, "... press Enter (Return) to create a new blank line..." in every example. Instead, say, "... create a blank line..." after the first example. Similarly, there is no need to explain how to download the tutorial files in every chapter. For readers who jump into the middle, a brief reference to a single page that explains the download would do just fine.

      Overall, the 3rd edition of CSS3: The Missing Manual is an outstanding resource.

       
      5.0

      Excellent Introduction to CSS and CSS3

      By FatBear

      from Toronto, ON

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

        A great addition to the Missing Manual series. Well-written with a sense of humour and useful examples.

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        4.0

        CSS3

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

          I have always enjoyed the books in this series as they are very clear and easy to understand without oversimplifying the topic.

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          5.0

          Wonderful book

          By Jilson

          from Salvador, Brazil

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

            Wonderful book, the author is fantastic, one of the best books I have bought so far.

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Super and easy understanding book

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

              I would recommend this book to all of you how want to get involved quickly into the updates about CSS3

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great book to learn CSS.

              By superman3275

              from Southlake, Texas

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

                This will be a review of CSS3: The Missing Manual, graciously provided by O'Reilly for reviewing !

                Before I continue, let me say that this will mainly be a review of The Missing Manual format. Rather than spend many paragraphs talking about how amazing the content is, I'll cut to the chase:

                This book will teach you CSS3, Good Practices, Why it's Useful, and how you can create Responsive websites with it. I didn't read very in-depth because I already know and use CSS3, however it's a great review book.

                And now on to The Missing Manual.

                This is a great book format. Many technical books are either too boring, too gimmicky, or they don't teach you well. The missing manual contains some classes Gimmicks, however they're scattered and formatted well. Some examples:
                "Notes". They were formatted to interrupt you on purpose. Rather than be tucked away, they help reinforce information while you're reading. They were very helpful.
                Sections separated smartly.
                The black-on-white format of the missing manual is used to it's advantage, with simple graphics and a great layout.

                If you want to learn everything about CSS3, this is a great place to start.

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                5.0

                Excellent coverage of all CSS3

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

                  This book has been a pleasure to read. CSS3 has brought some great enhancements to the plain old CSS and this book does an excellent job of covering that.

                  This book has 650 pages and that might sound intimidating. However, the language and the flow has been so friendly that you could literally pick something that interests you and get a deep coverage.

                  If you want to learn everything about CSS3, go out and pick this book. You will not regret it.

                  (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Repetition is the mother of study

                  By Przemysław

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

                    CSS3: The Missing Manual is the first book I read from Missing Manuals series. Book is divided into 5 parts. First part covers basics — author writes about HTML/HTML5, Doctype, CSS selectors & style inheritance. Cascade appears in 5 Chapter. Explanation of specifity was a bit confusing when I read about it. It's good that author pointed out that "the math involved in calculating specificity is actually a bit more complicated than described here". Parts 2-4 are the core of the book. Every chapter covers solid piece of CSS/CSS3 knowledge.

                    What I like the most in this book that almost every chapter contains tutorial at the end. It gave me hands-on experience — I started from scratch and after some steps I got beautifully styled page. CSS3: The Missing Manual contains a lot of references: to other parts of the book and external resources. It's much easier that way to study less known topics. Author included many tips, best practices; mentioned about interesting articles, helpful on-line tools — I really appreciate every little thing that make my developer life a bit easier.

                    After reading I can write that CSS3: The Missing Manual filled some gaps in my CSS/CSS3 knowledge. I took a deeper look on CSS transforms, transitions & animations. I learned a lot about layouts (fixed width, liquid). It was good to get to know more about responsive web design, how to prepare page for desktop & mobile browser. Part Three & Four helped me better understand different techniques and solutions used on modern web pages.

                    If you interested in CSS3, that's book for you.

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