Murach’s HTML5 and CSS3 by Zak Ruvalcaba and Anne Boehm
$54.50 from Mike Murach & Associates
By this point, I had no intention of reading, let alone reviewing, another HTML book; I’ve seen too many of them in the last year. However, I’ve been a fan of the Murach books since I picked up Murach’s C# 2010 and Murach’s SQL Server last summer, so when they offered me a copy of their new title, I couldn’t resist. Like the other books, it follows the facing page format where the left page describes what’s going on and the right page has the actual code, and is designed to be accessible to someone with no experience whatsoever, without annoying more experienced users with too much handholding and repetition.
The book is divided into four sections. Section one is the stuff that anyone building a website needs to know. It opens with an introductory chapter for people who know nothing about web development and a chapter explaining how to code and test a webpage; anyone with a little web experience can safely skip these. Chapters 3-6 then show how to build a basic website with HTML and CSS; while much of this is stuff that anyone who’s built a site or two will know, these chapters do cover some of the new things from HTML5 and CSS3.
Disclosure: I recieved a free review copy of this book.