Learning Zurb Foundation
By Kevin Horek
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: August 2014
Pages: 210

Responsive web design is the next big thing in web design right now. It allows you to control and adapt to the user experience across a variety of devices, screens, and resolutions. Foundation is one of the most well-known responsive frameworks available, and allows you to speed up the prototyping, designing, and theming of your web project; as well as allowing you to create your own custom themes to suit your needs. It makes your life easier by giving you a grid, elements, and JavaScript functions that are responsive and easily customized to work with any web or mobile project that arises.

This book starts off with teaching you the basics, and gradually moves on to cover the most advanced parts of this amazing framework. You will learn how to use Foundation to prototype, design, and theme your projects as well as discover how to use the framework with any programming language or content management system.

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A good introduction to Zurb Foundation

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Well-written

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  • Lack Of Visual Examples

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Zurb Foundation is a framework that offers many capabilities for any website, and this book manages to illustrate the ins and outs of most of them. The book is structured well, and each example includes the code, and a description of what the result should look like. Unfortunately, for many of the early chapters there are no diagrams or screenshots of what the results should look like. The introductory chapters may actually be the chapters where readers run into issues, as opposed to the last chapters, and so it seems a little remiss.

The language in the book is easy to follow, while remaining formal enough to sound professional. The examples given, as well as the premise of the book (prototyping via Foundation) are both applicable, and useful. The second half of the book is dedicated to creating a prototype, as well as focusing on what's required to run foundation in your project. Some of the chapters on configuring your project folder seemed a little brief for those unfamiliar with the tools being used, but overall conveyed all important information. This is hardly a fault, as the book is focused more on using Zurb Foundation than installing it (which is covered fairly well on their website as well).

To sum up: The book is a well-written example of how to use Zurb Foundation to create a prototype, while offering some further information into the features available, as well as how to configure and test your website. While it could use a few more visual examples in the introductory chapters, it is otherwise a good resource for developers interested in using Foundation to prototype websites.

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