CSS: The Missing Manual, 4th Edition
The book that should have been in the box
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2015
Pages: 718

CSS lets you create professional-looking websites, but learning its finer points can be tricky—even for seasoned web developers. This fully updated edition provides the most modern and effective tips, tricks, and tutorial-based instruction on CSS available today. Learn how to use new tools such as Flexbox and Sass to build web pages that look great and run fast on any desktop or mobile device. Ideal for casual and experienced designers alike.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Start with the basics. Write CSS-friendly HTML, including the HTML5 tags recognized by today’s browsers.
  • Design for mobile devices. Create web pages that look great when visitors use them on the go.
  • Make your pages work for you. Add animations that capture the imagination, and forms that get the job done.
  • Take control of page layouts. Use professional design techniques such as floats and positioning.
  • Make your layouts more flexible. Design websites with Flexbox that adjust to different devices and screen sizes.
  • Work more efficiently. Write less CSS code and work with smaller files, using Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets (Sass).
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Excelent book covering everything

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    Comments about oreilly CSS: The Missing Manual, 4th Edition:

    This is a detailed book for anyone who wants to learn basics and more of CSS. It has a lot of examples, step-by-step made, which are easy to understand. So, type them, make your own examples, go back when in doubt, and you'll learn everything you need in a short time. Although there are tons of places to on the internet to look for a help, when I get stuck with something e.g. animations, problems with floats, some property that I know was mentioned somewhere in the book - I take a book and find what I need. The book has such a great flow, you get over dozens of pages very fast, because it's easy to connect things.

     
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    Overall A Pretty Good Updated Book

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      Comments about oreilly CSS: The Missing Manual, 4th Edition:

      Overall, I would say this book is pretty good and updated. Best suited for pretty starting out as it covers the basis of CSS and then moves into CSS3 features.

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      5.0

      Excellent book that covers all aspects of CSS

      By Nickn15

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        Comments about oreilly CSS: The Missing Manual, 4th Edition:

        The world of Web Development is a very mysterious place in general. Some authors recommend one thing other recommend another and by the time everyone agrees at something is already outdated At the end it seems that everyone is right, especially when you are a beginner.

        I believe the best part of this book is that it looks at every aspect of the CSS without getting daunting, getting out the latest and most updated information possible in consistent way. It is nicely written book, that emphasizes the important parts of CSS without completely omitting the rest.

        The tutorials are fun to do and well organized. Everything is exactly where it should be, and it is the perfect place to start especially if you are a beginner. The author has kept a nice balance between lingo, humor and description.

        If I had to change one thing , and most probably that applies to all CSS books and tutorials out there is that I would start with the layout of the website first. For the only reason that I believe that when you sketch and plan your website ,which today necessarily has to be responsive , this is actually your first step. Deciding how wide, and how many columns should the website have.

        At last, I really like this book.The material is elaborated very well and consistently , the book is up to date without wasting paper with techniques that might or might not work in the future and/or useless "bro science coding" theories and JavaScript in a book for CSS.

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