Book Review: Head First HTML5 Programming by Eric Freeman, Elisabeth Robson published by O’Reilly Media

We all have enjoyed reading the Head First series of books and this book i.e Head First HTML5 Programming is no different. The authors Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Robson have kept the content in the book as much practical as possible which means that your are more of coding than reading. Not all the features of HTML 5 have been covered and the few which were not covered, the authors have mentioned them in the Appendices. But the authors have covered quite a few important and tough to understand features.

HTML5 relies more on Javascript and you need not worry if you are not familiar with Javascript as the authors have good 3 chapters covering Javascript. And let me tell you even I was not well versed with Javascript when I started to read the book.

The examples explaning the video and web worker features have used complicated examples which might pose some problems for few but then those examples show the power of those features.

This book is very different from Head First HTML and CSS and the title contains the word “Programming” which is quite a clear indication that HTML5 involves programming using Javascript. And you need not worry about the CSS used in the examples of the book as they can be downloaded from the Book website.

I would recommend anyone who wants to explore HTML5 to pick this book and not get turned off by the number of pages.

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