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Book Review: “Pro HTML5 Programming”

In order to gen up on the latest developments, and benefits, of HTML5 I purchased a recently published book on the topic; Pro HTML5 Programming (2nd Edition). The authors have done a terrific job – having revised the previous edition, which received a lot of positive reviews on Amazon.com, and providing sufficient examples, descriptions, and commentaries on each particular HTML5 element and API which made each chapter very easy to digest. Having recently finished Pro HTML5 Programming I can say with certainty that I feel a lot more confident knowing where, when and how to best integrate HTML5 into the projects I manage, which was exactly what I was looking for.

The HTML5 specification is still incomplete so buying a book on the topic means that you probably won’t be using it as a reference guide in several months. However, having said that, if you want to learn HTML5 you have to start somewhere, preferably somewhere where the content was written very recently, and somewhere where this particular issue is discussed openly by the authors and addressed where relevant. Thankfully the second edition of Pro HTML5 Programming was released in December 2011 and the authors constantly refer back to the evolving state of HTML5 so you never feel like you’re reading dated information. Continue reading

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SVG-edit – A Free, Web-Based, SVG Editor

Google Code is hosting a free SVG editor aptly titled: SVG-edit. It runs in your browser (granted you’re running a recent version of Chrome, IE, Firefox, Safari or Opera) and it’s loaded with features (see below).

Although you can’t use it to create SVG animations it does just about everything else you’d want from an SVG tool. And switching between the visual editor view and source code view can prove useful if you want to quickly generate some HTML5 SVG source code without having to write it from scratch. Continue reading