Web Development Recipes
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Final Release Date: January 2012
Pages: 344

Modern web development takes more than just HTML and CSS with a little JavaScript mixed in. Clients want more responsive sites with faster interfaces that work on multiple devices, and you need the latest tools and techniques to make that happen. This book gives you more than 40 concise, tried-and-true solutions to today's web development problems, and introduces new workflows that will expand your skillset.

You'll see a full spectrum of cutting-edge web development techniques, from UI and eye candy recipes to solutions for data analysis, testing, and web hosting.

Make buttons and content stand out with simple cross-browser styles; do animations that work on mobile devices without plugins; build and test HTML emails; and build a flexible layout that works on desktops and mobile devices. You'll use the Backbone and Knockout JavaScript frameworks to build responsive user interfaces, and you'll learn how tools like CoffeeScript and Sass offer better ways to develop and maintain your client-side code. You'll write tests for your code that run in multiple web browsers, use Git to keep track of your work, and even get a little one-on-one time with the Apache web server.

Whether you're new to front-end development, or you've got a few years of experience, you'll become a more versatile developer by finding out how--and why--to use these solutions in your next web development project.

What You Need:

Your favorite text editor, Mozilla Firefox 3.5 or higher, Google Chrome or Safari, and a working knowledge of HTML and JavaScript.

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Clear, Concise, Current, Complete.

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from Baltimore, MD

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  • Easy to understand
  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly Web Development Recipes:

    When I saw this book become available I was very excited to check it out - the description talked about a lot of things I've been interested in with front-end development: JavaScript frameworks, Sass, CoffeeScript, testing tools, etc. When I received the book I was even more thrilled, because its index describes recipes about other tools I've used, such as Mustache, JSONP, CSS Sprites, and Selenium testing. As far as books go, this one was speaking my language.

    I liked that several of the recipes were pretty common things I already had to write in real life, such as scripts for infinite scolling, keyboard shortcuts, or JSONP cross-site requests. The book also provided good introductions to frameworks I was interested in: Knockout and Backbone.

    I liked how the authors cited a broad range of tools to include CSS maintenance, testing, and deployment to provide some useful tips at any point of product development. I particularly appreciated the citing of tools like Selenium and Cucumber. Although JavaScript testing usually gets some attention (and does in this book using Jasmine), usually browser testing isn't mentioned as much.

    There were a few very minor things with the book that bothered me, but nothing severe. They used jQuery 1.7 for their examples, and used the live() function for event handling when jQuery deprecated it in favor of the on() method. I know this isn't a jQuery book, but as a jQuery user it stood out. Part of me also would've liked a list of alternative popular tools to each recipe (using Less rather than Sass, or qUnit rather than Jasmine), but limiting the variety of options kept the recipe discussions very focused. Neither of these issues detracted from the clarity and usefulness of the book.

    Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this through O'Reilly Media.

     
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    Web Development Recipes: Great Reference

    By Jody Raines

    from New Jersey

    About Me Designer, Developer, Educator

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      Comments about oreilly Web Development Recipes:

      Web development is an evolving skill. Even the most experienced website developers can learn new tricks or streamlined ways of solving web development problems. Web Development Recipes by Brian Hogan, Chris Warren, Mike Weber, Chris Johnson and Aaron Godin, published by O'Reilly Media is really a gem that will be a handy reference for many developers. I'm impressed with the content of this book because it's a hands on tool that addresses better ways to develop and maintain code ranging from creating buttons and maps, creating html email templates to creating interfaces with jquery mobile.

      Not a book for beginners, this book fits squarely into an intermediate developers range, and will appeal to developers who understand and are familiar with html, javascript, and coding. It's not an into book as much as a pragmatic book of recipes to add functionality to your websites.

      Some of the content that I was impressed with included:

      Adding an inline map
      Building a simple contact form
      Creating interfaces with jquery mobile

      I found the writing style to be easy to follow, and the more complex skills were broken down into terms that were easily digested. The workflow recipes, for example, helped streamline processes that are involved with different workflows for layout, content, CSS, javascript and code, addressing debugging issues and developing testing solutions and heatmaps.

      i would definitely recommend this book to intermediate developers and advanced developers who wish to improve their skills and pick up new tricks. If you are looking to learn how to build more responsive client-side interfaces, or to streamline workflow, you'll find a wealth of information on these pages.

      Note: I received a copy of Web Development Recipes for review purposes.

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