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CSS

Can anyone recommend a good book on HTML/CSS?

I just wanted something to read/get more detail on the subject matter while at work or away from my computer. There are so many books out and I haven't purchased a tech guide in a long time. I prefer something STRICTLY related to HTML/CSS (no Java, JavaScript, PHP, etc) as it has been my experience that books that cover multiple subjects tend to be too vague in each topic.

7 Answers

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

I'd recommend HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites, it's the nicest laid out I've ever seen and it's the number #1 book in the CSS category on amazon.com.

I'd recommend you supplement that with http://learn.shayhowe.com/html-css/ which is a online book so it's frequently updated and covers a lot of the more advanced stuff responsive design and CSS3.

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett

http://www.amazon.com/HTML-CSS-Design-Build-Websites/dp/1118008189/ref=la_B001IR3Q7I_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1409792763&sr=1-1

I also recommend his newly released book on JavaScript & JQuery.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

Seems great minds think alike.

Brian Steele
Brian Steele
23,060 Points

Not to repeat what others have said (but, I guess I will anyway), the Duckett book mentioned above is outstanding. Written in a way that's logical and easily consumable, you learn the markup and then how to style it. If learning HTML/CSS is your goal, and you like to learn from books, you won't go wrong here. My 10y/o son has even utilized it to learn/use as a reference for things he's doing/building-it's written that clearly.

I found Bulletproof web design to be pretty useful. It contains a lot of practical examples and does a good job of explaining the how as well as the why. Would definitely recommend it!

Wow, thanks everyone. Lots of good recommendations here, but the one that stick out seem to James Barnett's suggestion. I will look at all of them, though. I used to program in COBOL & BASIC/Turbo BASIC. But I've been away from programming for a while so now I'm looking into upgrading my skills and hopefully start doing contract work. Seems like TreeHouse is a great place to start.

George DuMontier
George DuMontier
2,681 Points

I really like the Head First books.

James Barnett
James Barnett
39,199 Points

I've tried head first rails and head first php & mysql I wouldn't say they are outstanding in any respect.