Beginning App Development with Parse and PhoneGap
Beginning App Development with Parse and PhoneGap teaches you how to start app development with Parse and PhoneGap: free and open source software. Using the building block languages of the web - HTML, JavaScript, and CSS - you'll be on your way to creating a fully working product with minimal effort as fast as possible. With over 25 years' of combined experience, the authors make daunting tasks seem trivial. There is no book on the market that can take you from designer to developer faster.

Using Facebook's Parse as backend service, and Adobe's PhoneGap (or Cordova) as a mobile development framework, building a highly customizable application is easier than you can imagine. A basic understanding of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS is not required, but it will help you pick up concepts faster.

This book is geared toward a designer who wants to explore the world of application development. If you do not know anything about design, that's OK! We will walk you through step by step on how to build your first native iOS or Android app in the fastest and easiest way possible. Using free and open source software, this book will get you up and running quickly and efficiently - start using Parse and PhoneGap today with this key title. more »
Rails Crash Course
Rails is a robust, flexible development platform that lets you build complex websites quickly. Major websites like GitHub, Hulu, and Twitter have run Rails under the hood, and if you know just enough HTML and CSS to be dangerous, Rails Crash Course will teach you to harness Rails for your own projects and create web applications that are fast, stable, and secure.

In Part I, you'll learn Ruby and Rails fundamentals and then dive straight into models, controllers, views, and deployment.

In Part II, you'll take your skills to the next level as you build a social networking app with more advanced Ruby tools, such as modules and metaprogramming, and advanced data modeling techniques within Rails's Active Record.

Each chapter is packed with hands-on examples and exercises to reinforce what you've learned. Whether you're completely new to Ruby or you've been mucking around for a bit, Rails Crash Course will take you from the basics to shipping your first Rails application, fast. more »
Data Visualization with JavaScript
You've got data to communicate. But what kind of visualization do you choose, how do you build it, and how do you ensure that it's up to the demands of the Web?

In Data Visualization with JavaScript, you'll learn how to use JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to build the most practical visualizations for your data. Step-by-step examples walk you through creating, integrating, and debugging different types of visualizations and will have you building basic visualizations, like bar, line, and scatter graphs, in no time.

If you already know your way around building a web page but aren't quite sure how to build a good visualization, Data Visualization with JavaScript will help you get your feet wet without throwing you into the deep end. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating simple, powerful data visualizations. more »
Basic Visual Formatting in CSS
Some aspects of the CSS formatting model may seem counterintuitive at first, but as you'll learn in this practical guide, the more you work with these features, the more they make sense. Author Eric Meyer gives you a good grounding in CSS visual rendering, from element box rules and concepts to the specifics of managing tricky layouts for block-level and inline elements.

Short and sweet, this book is an excerpt from the upcoming fourth edition of CSS: The Definitive Guide. When you purchase either the print or the ebook edition of Basic Visual Formatting in CSS, you'll receive a discount on the entire Definitive Guide once it's released. Why wait? Learn how to bring life to your web pages now. more »
Less Web Development Essentials, 2nd Edition
Less is a preprocessor for CSS that uses less.js for real-time compilation, unlike other preprocessors. Building responsive websites with advanced features such as gradients and animations makes your CSS code complex. Less helps you to write clean, reusable, and maintainable CSS.

Starting off with the fundamental concepts of Less and CSS, you are taken on a tour of how to improve your web development skills with Less.

Next, you get to grips with mixins and variables in Less, which help you to avoid code duplication and write reusable code. Then, you venture into the concepts of nested rules, operations, and built-in functions, which help you in the dynamic creation of CSS properties and help you to create shorter and effective style sheets. more »
NW.js Essentials
Using Node.js, we can create web applications easily. Now, thanks to NW.js, we can also create desktop apps with it using a unique combination of HTML5 and Node. NW.js is a runtime application based on Chromium and Node.js.

In this book, you'll discover how to leverage well-known programming languages, such as JavaScript, HTML, and CSS in order to create NW.js desktop applications.

You will implement your first simple application right from the first chapter and see how easy it is to use the platform, after which you will learn about Native UI APIs and the different approaches to Node.js programming.

You'll get a complete picture of the many possible ways to package and deploy NW.js applications on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. So, get ready to explore NW.js and build a real, and complex, application. more »
Bootstrap Essentials
This book will familiarize you with all the features, functionalities, and architectural knowledge of the Bootstrap platform. You will begin by discovering the mobile-first philosophy and what Bootstrap is. You will learn about Bootstrap's architecture and components, and how to use Bootstrap with LESS. You will create responsive layouts using Bootstrap CSS and work with the packaged components that come along with Bootstrap. You will proceed to explore the various JavaScript components and add-ons offered by Bootstrap. Finally, you will learn how to customize Bootstrap, compile and build your Bootstrap code, and extend Bootstrap with different extensions to create more advanced websites.

By the end of this book, you will be able to build, compile, and customize your own Bootstrap system to create mobile friendly websites. more »
Security for Web Developers
Some books give you good advice, but only about part of the security problem. Others provide solutions so generic that they aren't truly useful. Unfortunately, attacking only part of the problem leaves you open to hacking or other security issues. And general advice no longer meets current security needs.

This practical book provides specific advice for the HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS developer on all areas of security, including new areas not found in any other book, such as microservices. You'll get a complete view of security changes needed to protect an application and keep its data safe. more »
CSS Secrets
In this practical guide, CSS expert Lea Verou provides 47 undocumented techniques and tips to help intermediate-to advanced CSS developers devise elegant solutions to a wide range of everyday web design problems.

Rather than focus on design, CSS Secrets shows you how to solve problems with code. You'll learn how to apply Lea's analytical approach to practically every CSS problem you face to attain DRY, maintainable, flexible, lightweight, and standards-compliant results. more »
Transforms in CSS
Present information in stunning new ways by transforming CSS elements in two- and three-dimensional space. Whether you're rotating a photo, doing some interesting perspective tricks, or creating an interface that lets you reveal information on an element's backside, this practical guide shows you how to use them to great effect.

Short and sweet, this book is an excerpt from the upcoming fourth edition of CSS: The Definitive Guide. When you purchase either the print or the ebook edition of Transforms in CSS, you'll receive a discount on the entire Definitive Guide once it's released. Why wait? Learn how to bring life to your web pages now. more »