Friday, March 2, 2012

“Head First HTML5 Programming: Building Web Apps with JavaScript” by Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Robson

This isn’t a reference book. It’s a step-by-step guide - complete with exercises - that will set you well on your way to programming in JavaScript with the knowledge necessary to build outstanding websites. Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Robson, co-founders of Wickedly Smart, have put together quite a comprehensive introduction to working with HTML5.

If you’re new to JavaScript, this book is a great introduction. The book is aimed at beginners, and thus, it offers (I believe) a helpful focus on programming fundamentals while leaving the reader with a practical and workable understanding of the core material. The authors are clear from the start, however, that they do expect readers to have a decent grasp of HTML4 and CSS before launching into this book.

The Head First series takes an interesting approach to teaching, using lots of puzzles, pictures and gaming techniques to help readers grasp and master the various concepts. Perhaps not everyone will find this approach helpful or conducive to learning; however, I found it made the learning process enjoyable.

An aspect that I particularly appreciated was the very relevant, believable examples used throughout. By using interesting, yet realistic, examples, the writers have made it easy to translate concepts into every-day application.

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