Looking to learn CSS? (book review)

Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter)If you’re looking to jump into CSS or maybe just refresh your skills – then this is a good book to pick up!

Book Description: “This book teaches you everything you need to know to start using CSS in your web development work, from the basics of marking up your content and styling text, through the creation of multi-column page layouts without the use of tables. Learn to create interface components, such as drop-down menus, navigation links, and animated graphical buttons, using only CSS (no JavaScript required). Discover how to design code that works on the latest standard-compliant browsers, such as IE7 and current versions of Firefox, Safari, and Opera, while working around the quirks of the older ones.” – Amazon.com

As the description states, there are plenty of examples to give you a good feel for CSS. What makes this book stand out for me? Well, let me list the ways:

  • The book is written in a easy, clear style that makes you want to keep reading.
  • CSS concepts and rules are explained very well and as an added bonus – the why of CSS is explained – something that many other books seem to leave out.
  • The organization of this book is great, both for the first read and use as a reference (check out the appendices).
  • Its is easy to look at – meaning, the points and tips are well placed so that you don’t mind reading though the material (unlike many other technical books)

All in all I’d say this is a book you should check out if you think your CSS skills are getting a litttle rusty or your just starting out. If you’re quite familiar with CSS or are looking for the hottest CSS layouts and designs or tricks, then maybe another book is for you.

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