CSS Secrets
Better Solutions to Everyday Web Design Problems
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2015
Pages: 392

In this practical guide, CSS expert Lea Verou provides 47 undocumented techniques and tips to help intermediate-to advanced CSS developers devise elegant solutions to a wide range of everyday web design problems.

Rather than focus on design, CSS Secrets shows you how to solve problems with code. You'll learn how to apply Lea's analytical approach to practically every CSS problem you face to attain DRY, maintainable, flexible, lightweight, and standards-compliant results.

Inspired by her popular talks at over 60 international web development conferences, Lea Verou provides a wealth of information for topics including:

  • Backgrounds and Borders
  • Shapes
  • Visual Effects
  • Typography
  • User Experience
  • Structure and Layout
  • Transitions and Animations
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5.0

Excellent

By TY Graphics

from Hudson, Ohio

About Me Designer, Developer, Maker

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly CSS Secrets:

    As with everything this young lady sets her mind to this book is yet another glimpse into her beautiful mind.

     
    5.0

    Must have book for web developers

    By Manoj Kumar

    from Chennai, IND

    About Me Educator

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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      Comments about oreilly CSS Secrets:

      Author name is enough.

       
      5.0

      Practical, Detailed, and Thorough

      By KevDog

      from Buffalo, NY

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      Comments about oreilly CSS Secrets:

      Get this book and work through it. Seriously.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good source of inspiration

      By Carlos

      from Mountain View, CA

      About Me Designer, Developer

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      Pros

      • Challenging
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

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        • Expert
        • Intermediate

        Comments about oreilly CSS Secrets:

        When you think you know CSS then come books like CSS Secrets to show you that knowledge on its own is not enough. You also have to be creative, think outside the box and learn to share with the community.

        When I'm looking for solutions to CSS problems I look at the book to see if it's covered or if there's something similar to what I need to work on so I don't have to s tart completely from scratch.

        What I like the most about Lea's secrets is that there's never one correct answer but a progression of different ideas and experiments to acomplish the same objective. She is very clear when the solutions use specifications that are not finalized or that have poor browser support. She also talks about future solutions that use draft specifications without any current implementation.

        She also provides playgrounds where we can test implementations of the secrets so we can play with them and, hopefully, better understand the code and the way it was implemented.

         
        4.0

        Very interesting book

        By Yves

        from Belgium

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Concise
        • Helpful examples
        • Intelligent

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          • Intermediate

          Comments about oreilly CSS Secrets:

          This book allows you to improve your way of coding CSS and to understand the point of view of CSS standards makers

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Highly recommended

          By James

          from Santa Monica, CA

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          Pros

          • Helpful examples
          • Well-written

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            Comments about oreilly CSS Secrets:

            I've been a professional front-end developer for 8 years, and this book blew me away with the sheer number of things that were new to me.

            It's specifically *not* a reference manual, but rather a sort of guide to solving real-world problems. The examples are really well-written: instead of just giving you finished code, they walk you through the process so you understand how and why each solution works. And in many cases, once the initial problems are solved, the solutions themselves are improved upon and made more flexible and reusable.

            Anyone with intermediate or even expert-level knowledge of CSS should definitely check out this book – I guarantee you'll come across at least a couple things you never knew before. Highly recommended!

             
            5.0

            Exceptional Book

            By Jilson

            from Salvador, Ba - Brazil

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            • Accurate
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            • Easy to understand

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              Comments about oreilly CSS Secrets:

              The book is of rare value, very well written and the information is very iportantes. I recommend it to everyone.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Elegant and Instructive

              By Carrboro Chris

              from Carrboro NC

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                Comments about oreilly CSS Secrets:

                After seeing Lea Verou's videos on the web, I became very interested in her creative insights into CSS. She is meticulous and insightful, and really pushes the envelope on what you can do with CSS. Extremely well written, her book will delight and inspire experts and beginners alike.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Boost your knowledge of CSS

                By Edwin

                from Hilversum, the Netherlands

                About Me Senior Frontend Webdev

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                Pros

                • Cookbook For Experts
                • Practical
                • Well designed
                • Well-written

                Cons

                • Not for beginners

                Best Uses

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                • Frontend Developer
                • Intermediate

                Comments about oreilly CSS Secrets:

                Lea Verou's new book CSS Secrets is for frontend webdevelopers who use CSS in their daily work. The book assumes you already know, for example, CSS2 selectors, transforms and ::before/::after pseudo elements. But the book is still useful if you don't. You do need to have a basic understanding of CSS, so if you're still struggling with position: relative and position: absolute, you'll better start with a beginner level book.

                The book shows 47 "CSS Secrets": problems you might encounter in your work and are not trivial to fix. This approach works very well. It's much better than having long lists of features you still don't know how to apply exactly. Every secret has nice illustrations and clear explanations of what the code does. With some secrets, Lea takes you through the thought process to the final solution.

                The book is certainly not just a list of 47 problems and solutions, but it also shows you best practices, caveats and how to make your code backwards compatible. What's really clever about this book is that it touches every important technology you should know about. Not only all important CSS features like CSS Animations, but also Sass, JavaScript and SVG. It doesn't explain everything you can do, but it shows that it exists, how to use it in practice and it might trigger you to read more about it.

                Lea put a lot of effort in this book and it shows: the layout and illustrations are beautiful and I didn't find any errors or inconsistencies, although I do find them in most other computer books.

                Since this book is published by O'Reilly, you might wonder why the book is not called CSS Cookbook, since it seems to fit in the popular cookbook series. I think the recipes in the cookbook series are more for beginners and the recipes in CSS Secrets are too advanced. Will this book be the beginning of a new series of books with advanced recipes? Will there be a JavaScript Secrets book or a Sass Secrets book?

                This book is for everybody who knows CSS and want to keep up with the advances of browsers in the last couple of years. This book is not for people who thinks their current knowledge is enough or who rather read lists of features and specifications.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best CSS book I've read

                By Mikael

                from San Francisco

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                • Easy to understand
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                  Comments about oreilly CSS Secrets:

                  This book not only lists a whole bunch of super useful techniques, the author explains everything in detail, bringing you from stated problem to perfected solution through lots of steps to make sure everything is clear.
                  Veteran developers will learn many things: new techniques, less-known alternate solutions, and future ways to do it.

                  Highly recommended.

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