25 September 2013
Book Review -- Head First HTML5 Progamming
Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Robson
O’Reilly Publishing provided me access to an electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
When I'm looking for a book to help me learn more about a specific programming language, the first place I look is O'Reilly. And no, I don't say that because they give me free copies of the books (which I do like). Instead I look for them because they have series, like the Head First series, that are written for anyone to learn from. You don't have to be a master computer programmer to pick up the book and understand how a topic, like HTML5 programming, works. And that's one of the great things about the Head First series, is that it's easy to understand, easy to follow, and lively illustrations make it fun to learn how a new concept works.
The caveat of this book is that like every "Head First" title the illustrations won't work for everyone. I find it helps if you're coming from a nontraditional background or from a more creative bent (left brain.) And even then sometimes the images and graphics can be overwhelming, which is a problem that I find sometimes in this book. I found that the images, while helpful in the beginning, often start to become overwhelming as you get more and more into the problem being solved and make it a bit difficult at times to concentrate on following the step by step instructions.
Overall though this was an enjoyable book and one that I'll keep around to help me better understand some of the concepts of HTML5, and even begin working with them to redesign my own webpage. Even though it's 600 pages long, it's an easy read and helps build a good understanding of HTML5 programming. I give the book 4 out 5 stars.