Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2012
Pages: 768

Tired of reading HTML books that only make sense after you're an expert? Then it's about time you picked up Head First HTML and really learned HTML. You want to learn HTML so you can finally create those web pages you've always wanted, so you can communicate more effectively with friends, family, fans, and fanatic customers. You also want to do it right so you can actually maintain and expand your web pages over time so they work in all browsers and mobile devices. Oh, and if you've never heard of CSS, that's okay--we won't tell anyone you're still partying like it's 1999--but if you're going to create web pages in the 21st century then you'll want to know and understand CSS.

Learn the real secrets of creating web pages, and why everything your boss told you about HTML tables is probably wrong (and what to do instead). Most importantly, hold your own with your co-worker (and impress cocktail party guests) when he casually mentions how his HTML is now strict, and his CSS is in an external style sheet.

With Head First HTML, you'll avoid the embarrassment of thinking web-safe colors still matter, and the foolishness of slipping a font tag into your pages. Best of all, you'll learn HTML and CSS in a way that won't put you to sleep. If you've read a Head First book, you know what to expect: a visually-rich format designed for the way your brain works. Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, this book will load HTML and CSS into your brain in a way that sticks.

So what are you waiting for? Leave those other dusty books behind and come join us in Webville. Your tour is about to begin.

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4.8

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    4.0

    Great for Starters

    By Raymond

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    Pros

    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Too basic

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    Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

    Well I will say that this is a very unique way to write a tech book - I never seen anything like it before. And I have mixed reviews about that.

    In the beginning I found the little side stories fun and entertaining - but after a couple of hundred pages, I found myself fast forwarding past the cutesy stuff looking for the meat of the matter.

    I must admit I do have previous experience with the subject matter and perhaps that is one reason I found the pace very slow.

    I think this book is a great guide for someone who is just starting out, and is interested in a casual read while learning. But, if you are seriously attempting to digest the relevant information quickly, don't want to be bothered with sideline stories, and/or looking for a good tech reference - I would suggest looking elsewhere.

    So why the 4 star rating - Because the writers delivered what they promised (something that doesn't happen to often)and they hit their target market square - it is a great read for the non tech guy/gal looking to get started.

    I will read another one of the HF books by the same two authors on a subject matter that I have less of an understanding on - or no experience in when I have the time.

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    5.0

    I would buy this book again

    By sd101

    from San Diego

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      Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

      This book is good for beginners and really gives a lot of good examples and is extremely step by step of what to expect. I believe this book to be just as good as many classes you might take. I would go so far to say this is the best book I have ever used for learning new material.

       
      5.0

      Covers the Most Important Topics Well

      By Richard

      from San Diego, CA

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      • Engaging
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        Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

        After a review of available books, I chose this as the required text for an online class I will be teaching on Web page design at a community college. The class hasn't started yet, so I'm not certain how the students will like the book, but I do. I think it shows a good understanding of what's important and how to get those important topics through to people without much background. I was happy that there are not many errors in the book (unlike most textbooks I've used). It would have been helpful as a textbook if there were more exercises apart from those used throughout the chapters, but I understand that the book was not really written as a textbook. It's also not written as a reference book that students could go back to, but with everything available online, that was not a serious drawback for me. The organization of the book works pretty well for my class. I divided the class into three sections that follow the chapters: basic HTML, basic CSS, and putting it all together. We won't have time to cover a few of the chapters, but I'm confident that students will be able to read and understand them on their own. I'm impressed with this book for its novel approach to what can be a tedious subject. (Disclosure: Since time was short between being assigned the class and having to submit textbook requisitions, I purchased the printed book myself to review it. After adopting the book, I purchased the ebook to use for some class materials. After buying both versions myself and adopting the book for the class, I did request a desk copy, which I haven't yet received.)

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        5.0

        Ideal for begginers

        By John

        from Symi, Greece

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          Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

          It's the first book I've read from Head First series and I'm really excited. Very well written, easy to understand, enjoyable. A friend of mine recommended it to me, because I wanted to have a better understanding behind HTML and CSS.

          I found myself missing hours of sleep the last days that I've been reading it. I just couldn't stop reading at night.

          Now, I'm browsing the site to see what my next Head First book will be.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's a pleasure to learn from this book

          By Sopy

          from Lima, Peru

          About Me Developer, Engineer

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          • Accurate
          • Easy to understand
          • Fun Very Instructive
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          • Well-written

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          • None

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          Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

          I'm and Engineer and expert programmer. I've read tons of books and willed my self through many instructive ones. Like most people, I learned [bad] HTML by looking at the source of pages and writing some of my own.

          After a certain age it is difficult to grab a "textbook" and go completely through it. I just wish these same authors had something similar for JS (javascript for those of you who don't know). One can tell they have put a lot of dedication into writing it. I see from other reviews that it has errors. I have not spotted any, and in any case they are more than forgiven.

          Thanks Ms. Robson and Mr. Freeman for such a wonderful read!

           
          5.0

          Love it

          By uaiHebert

          from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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            Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

            I loved this book. I make easy to understand html prior 5 and html 5. CSS now it is clear to me.

             
            5.0

            Amazing Expirience

            By Marko

            from BA

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              Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

              I got this book recommend to me by dear friend, and I take it very seriously, I dedicated every day 1h up to 3h(sometimes) for learning and testing, at the end it pay off. I did have some prior experience with css but nothing to details, this book answer all my doubts and question I had, I also recomend it to my friend and he's hooked on it as I am. I would recomend this book to anyone interested to learn to make grate looking web sites in css and HTML, as well amazing ground for HTML5 and JS.

              Props to Elisabeth and Eric my Mentors - Love you guys!

              PS
              I can't wait new book about JavaScript.

               
              5.0

              A delightful way to learn html and css

              By WearitOut

              from Colorado Springs, CO

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              • Accurate
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              • Well Paced
              • Well-written

              Cons

              • Too many errors

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              Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

              I own and use a lot of tech books, but learning html and css has been daunting until now. The head first program has made learning and retaining this material much easier for me. I knew enough html to make basic sites for apps and output html for reports, but I had no idea of the style and tools you could apply, this book was a perfect book for my beginner level html knowledge. I stuck through the entire book, marked up the text and am ready to follow up with another head first book on programming html.

              There were just a couple of gotchas in the book. One of the fun crossword puzzles did not match the questions, and once in a while you could use a little more hints of what source code was being used for the exercise, but this was very minor stuff.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Wonderful resource with one minor issue

              By Danny

              from Portland, OR

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              Cons

              • Example Code Needs Update

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              Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

              I'm halfway through this book and so far it has been a very enjoyable experience. My only issue at this point is with the example code available to download from Headfirstlabs.com, which hasn't been updated from the first edition resulting in some confusion on my end. Otherwise a solid book that I would recommend to anybody getting into HTML & CSS.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great book for beginners

              By One Man's Opinion

              from Orlando, FL

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                Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

                This is a great book for introducing web programming and gaining a full understanding of what goes into creating and skinning websites. The book features an innovative approach to the learning process that increases the focus and retention of the content.

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