Book Review: Head First HTML5 Programming

March 2nd, 2012

I really like the style of the Head First series from O’reilly – they’ve managed to create a style of nerdbook that looks more like a graphic novel, than a tech book.

Let’s start with the verdict for this particular title:

Head First HTML5 Programming is a good book if you know HTML, CSS and at least a little Javascript.

Some details …

Basically it covers many of the big features in HTML5 and the surrounding technologies. The authors make heavy use of graphics and storylines to make the book more entertaining. If you are more of a beginner when it comes to programming or web application development, then I think this presentation style will be great for you.

If on the other hand, you are a hardcore grizzled nerd programmer, the wordy, graphic and puzzle rich book might annoy you a bit. That’s OK, because O’reilly has their more traditional style of book for you.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Canvas: drawing with HTML5
  • HTML5 video
  • Web Storage – savings files to client computers – much better than JavaScript cookies!
  • Web Workers – threading with HTML5!! Yea, this particular HTML5 capability freaked me out.

There’s more topics covered including some quick introductions to JavaScript and Dom scripting. Again, if you are new to programming, I think these sections will be a little too much to handle. That’s OK, you have our super fantastically easy KillerSites JavaScript video training to cover you there.

;)

Being a shameless self promoter that I am, we also have our own HTML5 interactive video courses you can learn from. It’s all good, depending on how you like to learn.

Stefan Mischook
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