HTML5: Up and Running is appropriately subtitled, Dive into the Future of Web Development. It allows readers the opportunity to jump head-first into the world of design by drawing a historical picture demonstrating how the web has evolved into what we currently experience while at the same time exploring in vivid detail the newest features being rolled out by the development community today.
Perhaps the greatest strength of this book is its ideal blend of brevity and thoroughness. In just 200 pages, Pilgrim covers in great detail all the new features and aspects of the next generation of HTML including semantic elements like <header> and <footer>, offline capabilities, geolocation, non-third-party embedded videos, enhanced web forms, and everything else that HTML5 entails. Anyone looking for a thorough crash course on web design will find everything they need in this book.
In a writing genre plagued with nerdy jargon and gobbledygook, Pilgrim’s writing style lays the perfect foundation for an easy read. Even while exploring advanced features, he presents examples, stories and background that allow a reader to gain a broader picture of each feature and how those features interact with other new features. A reader would be hard-pressed to find a book with this much technical detail that still maintains such clean and fun style of writing.
Pilgrim makes it easy to validate his information by providing resources for additional reading at the end of each chapter. Whether you need more information about that chapter’s topic or if you want to confirm some of the information that he presented, he makes it incredibly easy to do.
As an added bonus, although the book is a print book available in all major physical bookstores and online at Amazon and other retailers, he’s also published the entire book online and made it available for free under a creative commons license.
HTML5: Up and Running is an amazing resource for anyone interested in learning the quick and dirty details of modern design. Its refreshing style, short page count, and thorough approach to the subject makes this book an excellent read.