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HTML5, Know "why" and "how" right now!

  • May 15, 2011
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Normally, I would jump straight to the code section and pass off the rest as fluff. I'm a meat and potatoes man! Just gimme the code and I'm good to go. But as I started to peruse the intro I found myself engaged and curious for more. I knew a brief history of HTML and that was good enough, at least, I thought. I continue to read on and found the history of Internet markup (HTML) really interesting and helpful in understanding "why" we needed an overhaul. Sure you can skip all the background hoopla and go straight to all the code, but then why buy this book? You can get HTML5 reference on the Internet for free... very technical, and in the rough, but its all there as it unfolds. 

No, I really like how Mark Pilgrim blended the history (the why) with the now (the result). It makes learning the new stuff fun because now you have a deeper understanding of why certain things were implemented into HTML5 and others not right now. Instead of complaining about a feature you now say "Ahaa". This combination in my humble opinion makes this book about this emerging technology, timeless. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to get a jump start on this very well thought out, ready-to-use-now mark up language, HTML5. You'll get the "why", and the "how" right now so you don't have to play catch up later.

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May 19, 2011
It sounds like I need this book to brush up! Thanks for sharing, Gregory.
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As part of my education on HTML5, I ended up with a review copy of Mark Pilgrim's book HTML5: Up and Running. Like many O'Reilly books I own, this will be one of the books I end up going back to repeatedly while I get "up and running." Pilgrim includes a balanced blend of context and code, which means I learn not only *what* to do, but *why* I'm doing it and how it ended up that way.      Contents:   How Did We Get Here?; Detecting HTML5 Features; …
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If you don't know about the new features available in HTML5, now's the time to find out. The latest version of this markup language is going to significantly change the way you develop web applications, and this book provides your first real look at HTML5's new elements and attributes.

Even though work on HTML5 is ongoing, browsers such as Safari, Mozilla, Opera, and Chrome already support many of its features -- and browsers for smart phones are even farther ahead, especially iPhone's MobileSafari browser. With HTML5: Up & Running, you'll learn how this new version enables browsers to interact with JavaScript much more easily than before. You'll also learn how HTML5 can help you develop applications that:

  • Display video directly in the browser, without having to rely on plugins
  • Work even when a user is offline, by taking advantage of HTML5's persistent storage
  • Offer a drawing canvas for dynamically generated 2-D graphics

This concise guide is the most complete and authoritative book you'll find on the subject. Author Mark Pilgrim writes the weekly digest for the HTML5 Working Group, and represents Google at conferences on HTML5's capabilities. Stay ahead of the curve. Order a copy of this book today.


How did we get here? --
Detecting HTML5 features --
What does it all mean? --
Let's call it a draw(ing surface) --
Video on the Web --
You are here (and so is everybody else) --
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ISBN-10: d
ISBN-13: 978-0596806026
Author: Mark Pilgrim
Genre: Computers & Internet
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
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