Learning Web Design by Jennifer Niederst Robbins

Upshot: Do you need background or even a refresher in Web Design? This is your book, now in 4th edition goodness. Upsides: Lots. A full survey of the current state of the web, including HTML5 & cutting edge CSS/JavaScript. Any downers? Not really.

I have to say, I’m really impressed with this ‘soup to nuts’ book, "Learning Web Design by Jennifer Niederst Robbins". This really is a ‘from the ground up’ compendium of everything you’d need to know, from a *designer’s* standpoint, of how to author for the web, even coming from a print background.

I’d say that Jennifer systematically does a good job of covering what’s most important when authoring HTML, CSS, & JavaScript. What can’t be covered in depth is backed up by timely resources online that are MOSTLY a click away, even in iBooks (read on). But I have to say: From the basics to the cutting edge, it’s all there: Responsive Web Design, Modernizr, “Mobile First” — exercises and answers in the back. This is a complete textbook on the topic.

Are there any downsides to this book? Not really. The ePub does have a mix of ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ (you have to copy/paste) links, and maybe O’Reilly should run a URL parser to make sure all the links end up ‘hot’.. but this is a VERY minor point. Every link I visited was useful, and was, most importantly, NOT DEAD. This is why you buy ORA books: Fresh, relevant info that does not waste your time.

In a mature 4th Edition, very highly recommended.

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Disclosure: I received the eBook download(s) from O’Reilly for review purposes.