When I ordered a new Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) book the other night from Amazon.com, little did I realize that it was a brand new book. I recognized the author’s name (Eric Meyer) and knew he had written a number of popular books on CSS. I also had recently purchased another book in the “Smashing” series, and knew that the quality would be good.
I’ve gotten tired of the bland, text-book variety of computer book. Smashing CSS: Professional Techniques for Modern Layout certainly doesn’t fall into that category.
I received my copy via UPS this evening (two days later, via Amazon Prime shipping – an annual “membership” which means prompt shipping, 2-day delivery and no minimum purchase for free shipping, either!) and immediately had to check it out.
Sure enough, it’s not a boring text. The index is the first hint of the fantastic structure – within each chapter are multiple sub-sections of 1, 2 or 3 pages that show exactly how to achieve particular effects with CSS.
In other words, it is structured by the effects we might wish create using Cascading Style Sheets – and show example code of how to do it and the results. Excellent!
Eric Meyer wrote this for easy understanding, with plenty of code examples, variations of the examples, and screenshots displaying the results. More importantly, he wrote it almost as a cookbook – a how-to – for using CSS to get specific results. None of the “read all this and maybe it will make sense someday” style of writing. This book is focused on results.
After only a few minutes, I know that this book was worth the price.
By the way, the book is not designed for a person absolutely new to CSS. But, if you’ve got a little CSS experience, or if you’re willing to use Google as a resource, you can figure out a lot very quickly with Smashing CSS: Professional Techniques for Modern Layout.