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Book Review: Head First HTML5 Programming

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We all have enjoyed reading the Head First series of books, and this book, Head First HTML5 Programming, is no different. The authors, Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Robson, have kept the content in the book as practical as possible, which means that you are more coding than reading. Not all the features of HTML 5 have been covered, and the few which are not covered are mentioned in the Appendices. But the authors have covered quite a few important and tough to understand features.

HTML5 relies more on JavaScript, and you need not worry if you are not familiar with JavaScript, as the authors have three good chapters covering JavaScript. And let me tell you, even I was not well versed with JavaScript when I started to read the book.

The examples explaining the video and web worker features use complicated examples, which might pose some problems for some readers, but then those examples show the power of those features.

This book is very different from Head First HTML and CSS, and the title contains the word “Programming,” which is quite a clear indication that HTML5 involves programming using JavaScript. And you need not worry about the CSS used in the examples of the book, as they can be downloaded from the Book website.

I would recommend anyone who wants to explore HTML5 to pick up this book and not get turned off by the number of pages.

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