Book of CSS3 by Peter Gasston

CSS3.gifThis book is just chock full of good­ness. Not only does the Book of CSS3 by Peter Gas­ston provide a thought­ful intro­duc­tion to the latest and greatest power of CSS3 (the his­tory and back­ground of which is covered superbly), it offers clear, thor­ough and well illus­trated examples built on tips, tricks and real world experience.

This book is aimed at those with some exper­i­ence with CSS in gen­eral but does not demand an in-depth know­ledge. It jumps in and demon­strates by doing and provides a logical path through the vari­ous facets of CSS3.


The mater­ial covered in the book is extens­ive and thor­ough and moves with a logical pro­gres­sion allow­ing this (unlike some more ref­er­ence ori­ented pieces) to be passed through lin­early. It also con­tains an ela­bour­at­ive table of con­tents retain­ing its use as a solid ref­er­ence source.

The sec­tion on the Future of CSS is of par­tic­u­lar note, wherein the author explores some of the emer­ging dir­ec­tions and areas of interest for the next go around of CSS even includ­ing a short dis­cus­sion of how haptics may well be integ­rated into CSS. Quite fas­cin­at­ing and cer­tainly new to me.

Gas­ston provides a use­ful browser com­pat­ib­il­ity cart with extens­ive gran­u­lar­ity detail­ing where CSS3 cur­rently works and where web developers may run into cross-browser issues. This is a great ref­er­ence tool. Addi­tion­ally extens­ive links are provided to online resources that will provide the most cur­rent inform­a­tion about com­pat­ib­il­ity and exper­i­ence with CSS3.

I would highly recom­mend this volume for those work­ing bey­ond off the shelf web tools and desir­ing to har­ness­ing the new abil­it­ies present in CSS3.


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