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HTML has been on a wild ride. Sure, HTML started as a mere markup language, but more recently HTML’s put on some major muscle. Now we’ve got a language tuned for building web applications with Web storage, 2D drawing, offline support, sockets and threads, and more. And to speak this language you’ve got to go beyond HTML5 markup and into the world of the DOM, events, and JavaScript APIs. Head First HTML5 Programming is your ultimate tour guide to creating web applications with HTML5 and JavaScript, and we give you everything you need to know to build them, including: how to add interactivity to your pages, how to communicate with the world of Web services, and how to use the great new APIs being developed for HTML5.


On Sep 25 Mohamed Sanaulla wrote: Great book to get started with HTML5, will leave you to explore more
We all have enjoyed reading the Head First series of books and this book i.e Head First HTML5 Programming is no different. The authors Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Robson have kept the content in the book as much practical as possible which means that your are more of coding than reading. Not all the features of HTML 5 have been covered and the few which were not covered, the authors have mentioned them in the Appendices. But the authors have covered quite a few important and tough to understand features. Full Review  >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar5.0

On Feb 21 William Rouck wrote: Good HTML5 Book, Will Leave You With Relevant Knowledge
Head First HTML5 is a good book on HTML5, and by the end you will have a good familiarity with HTML5’s core components. The example projects worked through in the book are good and relevant. For example Chapter Five introduces location awareness and uses Google’s geolocation tools to show the location of your device and later even maps it using Google Maps. Full Review  >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar4.0

On Apr 20 Mark Colan wrote: A Fun and Very Good Tutorial on HTML5+JavaScript for a Non-Programmer
As the title says, the book is about HTML5 programming. What is less obvious is that the book is not so much about the markup language, as I expected when I ordered the book. I am delighted to see that it is the integration of several diverse technologies that when put together make a powerful and effective Web application development environment. Full Review  >

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On Mar 5 Mat Powell wrote: Head First HTML5 Programming
This is the first (and LAST) book from the Head First series that I will be reading. I don’t want to do crossword puzzles or look at pictures of tigers to learn HTML5. I want a moderately serious book that conveys a technological topic. These books are radically different from the core O’Reilly books and is a terrible let-down. Full Review  >

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On Mar 2 Marie Story wrote:
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On Feb 21 Michael Lockwood wrote:
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On Jan 13 Jeffery Rine wrote:
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On Dec 28 Santosh Shanbhag wrote: Have fun while you learn
By now I have read (or attempted to read) at least 3-4 books on HTML5. I have attended a few webinars by popular speakers as well. However, I have always found myself lost in the details as most books start with a lot of fluff on the history of the web, how it came to be, etc, etc. By the time I was done with the first couple of chapters, I was yearning for the actual stuff and lost interest. Enter the Head First book to my rescue. Finally here is a book that explains visually about HTML5 and makes it a lot of fun actually while learning it. The authors have done a lot of work in the visuals, the humor, and constant reinforcing of concepts via quizzes, Q&A, etc. In short, I just love this book! Full Review  >

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On Dec 6 Abirami Sivaramakrishnan wrote:
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On Dec 6 Marc 137 wrote: HTML5 is here to stay
Head First series? good bet! Full Review  >

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On Nov 16 Mike Ball wrote: HTML5 Tutorial for the Likes of Me
Head First HTML5 Programming is not a reference book and does not pretend to be. Go through the easy-to-follow book page by page, exercise by exercise. Come out at the end understanding how to program in JavaScript and knowing enough about HTML 5 to build superior websites. You can always… Full Review  >

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On Nov 13 Michal Konrad Owsiak wrote: Very basics of HTML5
This is another book related to HTML 5. As I really want to learn HTML5 well I am going over through different HTML5 related titles recently. This time, book comes from the Head First’s stable. If you know Head First already, you know what to expect. If you are not familiar with the series, everything is just ahead of you. Full Review  >

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On Nov 12 Jose Betancur wrote: Great and Simple Book
The only other book I had read from the Head First series is the Head First Design Patterns from the same authors, and has always seemed a very simple way to teach and guide you through the discovery, and problem solving. This learning approach allows not only read a lot of theory but assimilate it. The first chapters are about JavaScript, being that if you want to know more of this language this book may be the best introduction to it. Coverage in HTML5 is basic, but has a very good basis and great examples of Geolocation, Canvas, Video, Web Storage among others, thus becoming a very good point of reference. Full Review  >

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On Nov 5 David Hayden wrote: Excellent Introduction to JavaScript and HTML5
An excellent introduction to JavaScript and HTML5. The first 6 chapters is some of the best coverage of JavaScript for DOM manipulation and server-side communications using the XMLHttpRequest Object I have ever read. The last half of the book puts that JavaScript to use teaching Geolocation, Canvas, Video, LocalStorage, and Web Workers. Lots of images, pictures, and other visual effects and games to keep you learning and entertained! Full Review  >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar5.0

On Oct 19 Yasin Soliman wrote: Book Review: Head First HTML5 Programming by Eric Freeman and Elisabeth Robson
If you want an overview-style read with different sections on a diverse range of HTML5 topics then Head First HTML5 Programming is for you. It stems away from basic HTML markup coding, giving you view of potential uses for HTML5 combined with more complex functions and features allowing you to start projects such as building full-scale Web applications and working with APIs. Head First HTML5 Programming gives you all you need to know - it's a great guide for building web apps with HTML5 - with a focus on HTML5 and its potential uses instead of extensive learning about markup. From the first chapter you start to discover all the information you need to build and code web projects; how to make your sites interactive, how to access a range of APIs, and how you can build an exciting web experience for your users. Full Review  >

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar4.0

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