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HTML5 Step by Step

Posted: April 7, 2013 in Book reviews
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html5-step-by-stepSo, back after a long time with a new book to review. This week, it’s HTML5 Step by Step. Some intro: I do not have a technical background, but due to my work’s nature I work a lot with HTML. That’s why this book was extremely useful to me.

The book starts with the very basics, such as why using HTML5 – this may sound extremely simple for someone familiar with programming, but in my case it allowed me to better understand the underlying “why’s” behind using HTML5, which were not quite clear before (that was really important for me, as I want to know why I’m using something and what’s the end product of it). But let’s move further into the book.

So…first step: understand how basic formatting is done in HTML5. That was pretty straightforward, as I was familiar with most of the stuff discussed. But in the second part we learn about Style Sheets – for someone who has done little work with HTML, this explains a lot about how certain things are done. I may have worked with image size or simple coloring, but many of the things discussed were kinda new to me. The book gets a bit more advanced as we move further on, and on part 3 we’re introduced to layout and navigation (oh yes, it also includes forms!), while on part 4 we discuss about Expression Web 4 (though I didn’t have the time to use it).

So, why did I like the book? Because it was more of a coursework e-book, together with the example files. I enjoyed reading it in 2 screens (read and work, read and work and again) and I found the whole process really intuitive. That being said, I am not sure if this book applies to intermediate or expert users since I found it of medium difficulty (remember, my level on HTML can be hardly considered as novice).


Disclaimer: I received a free ebook for review purposes.


I review for the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program


Audioslave – The Curse

Posted: June 12, 2011 in Music

I haven’t been around for long but this is a result of working over – over time! During that time, we (me and Andrew Bitros) also presented the following presentation. Let me know what you think (comment, disagree, love, hate etc.)

Techcrunch is, together with Mashable (social media), Kotaku (games) and Gamasutra (games again!), my main source of information for  the Web 2.0 world. I decided not to abandon it after AOL bought it, because I believe it’s still on the cutting edge on its sector. But, I don’t like people who judge others from a superior point of view. And that’s why I think that, what happened yesterday to Robin Wauters and his harsh criticism over bad PR, was really intuitive for Techcrunch (short TC). (more…)

Data Source Handbook

Posted: February 19, 2011 in Book reviews
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data source handbook by o'reilly mediaThere’s a simple word describing this book: toolbox. The Data Source Handbook is a great source of free APIs for a great number of different applications – with only one drawback: size.

The book starts by offering a simple categorization, that helps the reader find his way through the 57 different sources. Some of these can prove extremely useful (such as Flickr and Delicious), while the author is honest in mentioning specific drawbacks that some of the sources have. The links in the book are also a welcome addition (although I don’t really know if it could work well in any other way).

However, this book is definitely not for people with no programming skills. In my case (I have limited programming skills) it was a bit hard to get used to the book. Adding to this, the main drawback of this book is that it’s short, but this is normal, as it is not meant to include full descriptions.

Overall, this is a great toolbox for developers wishing to enhance their services. I enjoyed experimenting while reading the book (and learning as well, in order to improve my programming skills) and I’ll definitely keep on searching for related titles.

Disclaimer: I received a free ebook for review purposes.

I review for the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program