Web Programming with HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript 1st Edition

Web Programming with HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript 1st Edition

Since HTML’s introduction in 1993, web-programming technologies have been in flux, with web programmers using different versions of HTML for different browsers. The constant change made it difficult for authors to write quality textbooks about the subject. Consequently, most of the books were trade books, not textbooks. With HTML5’s approval as a “stable recommendation” in 2014, web programmers and browsers appear to have embraced it fully. With the huge demand for web programmers in the workforce, there has been a significant demand for web-programming courses for quite a while. Now that web programming has coalesced around HTML5, there is a need for better textbooks about web programming.

Web programming is a large field, with different types of web programming implemented by different tools. All the tools work with the core language, HTML, so almost all the web-programming books describe HTML to some extent. This textbook covers HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, all in depth. Those three technologies are known to be the pillars of client-side web programming. With client-side web programming, all web page calculations are performed on end users’ computers (the client computers). There’s also server-side web programming, which uses technologies such as ASP.NET, JSP, and PHP. With server-side web programming, most of the web page calculations are performed on the computers that host the web pages permanently (the server computers). Many books attempt to cover one of the server-side technologies; in doing so, they necessarily have to cover some HTML and CSS as well, because all web pages need those technologies to display results on the client computer. Typically, such books try to cram in too much for beginning web programmers to digest. Many books go to the opposite extreme and cover only HTML and CSS, leaving out JavaScript, which is essential for calculations. This book hits a sweet spot—covering all three client-side technologies in depth (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript), with no dependence on server-side technologies. After finishing this book, you should be prepared to write nicely formatted, interactive web pages that are able to perform calculations and show the results. And down the road if you decide that you want to write server-side web pages, your solid client-side foundation should properly prepare you to go forth and learn a server-side technology(ies).

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