An Introduction to Web in HTML & CSS
First Steps in Web Development
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2015
Run time: 59 minutes

There are lots of tutorials on web development with HTML and CSS, but if you’re just starting out on this path, this video course from sisters Cassidy and Camryn Williams is the one for you: it makes learning easy, accessible, and definitely fun. You’ll quickly learn the basics of designing and building your own web pages.

Cassidy and Camryn have both taught in-person HTML and CSS workshops to students ranging from middle school to college. In this video, you’ll code along with them as you learn how to build web pages with HTML and define the look and format with CSS. Along the way, you’ll learn a host of best practices as well as how avoid common pitfalls.

  • Explore HTML’s basic tag and text structure
  • Learn individual HTML tags for images, line breaks, and tables
  • Dive into CSS elements, such as background color, floating, positioning, margins, and padding
  • Learn about new capabilities in HTML5 and CSS3
  • Consider various HTML and CSS frameworks
  • Understand how to host and maintain a website

Cassidy Williams is a software engineer and developer evangelist at Venmo. A graduate in Computer Science from Iowa State University, she has a passion for helping STEM students excel. Cassidy has spoken at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing, the National Center for Women & IT Summit, the United Nations, and the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival, and other events.

Camryn Williams, a Computer Science student at Iowa State University, holds computer science and web development workshops for middle school, high school, and college students. An intern for Microsoft, Google, and (soon) Apple, she attended the White House Tech Inclusion Summit hosted by CTO Todd Park and loves mentoring young women in technology.

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  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples

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    Comments about oreilly An Introduction to Web in HTML & CSS:

    This taught me what I needed to know from the ground up to get started. Definitely not something you need if you've touched HTML and CSS before, it's geared towards beginners.

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    • Not comprehensive enough
    • Too basic

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    Comments about oreilly An Introduction to Web in HTML & CSS:

    If you're an absolute beginner, here's what you might find helpful:

    - Designed for an absolute beginner that has zero previous knowledge.
    - Teaches the most basic HTML tags, such as the head, body, h1, h2, paragraph, image and line break, links, as well as a tad bit of how to create a table.
    - Shows how to include basic CSS formatting for a page, such as how to change the font, text size, color, margin, padding, and absolute positioning of elements in a page.

    Shortcomings:
    - The first several videos are well done, but after that, I suspect they ran out of production time, so they had to hurry / greatly skimp on the remaining videos. For example, the forms video is mostly a joke, as it quickly teaches how to create a single input box and a submit button, but never show how to submit the data to the server. Ah, not a good idea to create a form that can't submit the user's data... Table basics of how to use the tr and td tags are taught, but don't try to merge cells or format it with colors, etc.

    Extreme basics are taught, but beyond that, you'll need something more sufficient to develop anything worth releasing to the public. I highly recommend that you check out two books from O'Reilly, instead:

    - Head First HTML and CSS
    - CSS: The Missing Manual (4th edition)

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