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

    Best practices reference

    By compilerguru

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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.

       
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      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.

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        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.

           
          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

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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

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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

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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.

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                  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

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                    5.0

                    Great book to learn CSS.

                    By superman3275

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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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