HTML5 Web Application Development By Example Beginner's guide

HTML5 Web Application Development By Example Beginner's guide
By J. M. Gustafson

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Learn how to write rich, interactive web applications using HTML5 and CSS3 through real-world examples. In a world of proliferating platforms and devices, being able to create your own “go-anywhere” applications gives you a significant advantage.


  • Packed with example applications that show you how to create rich, interactive applications and games.
  • Shows you how to use the most popular and widely supported features of HTML5.
  • Full of tips and tricks for writing more efficient and robust code while avoiding some of the pitfalls inherent to JavaScript.
  • Learn how to create professional looking applications using new CSS3 styles and responsive design.
  • Learn how to compress, package, and distribute your web applications on the Internet for fun or for profit.

In Detail

HTML5's new features have made it a real application development platform with widespread adoption throughout the industry for this purpose. Being able to create one application that can run on virtually any device from phone to desktop has made it the first choice among developers. Although JavaScript has been around for a while now, it wasn’t until the introduction of HTML5 that we have been able to create dynamic, feature-rich applications rivaling those written for the desktop.

HTML5 Web Application Development by Example will give you the knowledge you need to build rich, interactive web applications from the ground up, incorporating the most popular HTML5 and CSS3 features available right now. This book is full of tips, tools, and example applications that will get you started writing your own applications today.

HTML5 Web Application Development by Example shows you how to write web applications using the most popular HTML5 and CSS3 features. This book is a practical, hands-on guide with numerous real-world and relevant examples.

You will learn how to use local storage to save an application’s state and incorporate CSS3 to make it look great. You will also learn how to use custom data attributes to implement data binding. We’ll use the new Canvas API to create a drawing application, then use the Audio API to create a virtual piano, before turning it all into a game.

The time to start using HTML5 is now. And HTML5 Web Application Development by Example will give you the tips and know-how to get started.

What you will learn from this book

  • Build your first HTML5 application in next to no time
  • Develop fun applications and games
  • Learn about UI and UX using the new features in CSS3
  • Create dynamic, responsive applications that will work on any device
  • Use the top features in HTML5 to create fun, useful applications


The best way to learn anything is by doing. The author uses a friendly tone and fun examples to ensure that you learn the basics of application development. Once you have read this book, you should have the necessary skills to build your own applications.

Who this book is written for

If you have no experience but want to learn how to create applications in HTML5, this book is the only help you'll need. Using practical examples, HTML5 Web Application Development by Example will develop your knowledge and confidence in application development.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1627386 in Books
  • Published on: 2013-06-25
  • Released on: 2013-06-25
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.25" h x .63" w x 7.50" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 276 pages

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

J.M. Gustafson

J.M. Gustafson is a professional software engineer who started programming on a VIC-20 in the 80’s and hasn’t stopped since. He has a degree in Computer Science and has been working with web technologies writing enterprise applications for nearly his entire career. Currently he spends most of his time writing web apps and services in C# and JavaScript.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, writing, and the outdoors. When he’s not doing any of that, you can find him doing more programming. These days, he is particularly interested in writing games using HTML5 and JavaScript, many of which you can find on his web site at

Customer Reviews

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
2Ordered this because it's advertised for beginners. It's not ...
By E. Powell
Ordered this because it's advertised for beginners. It's not. You have to have a strong foundation in HTML and CSS to jump into this book.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5From the basics to advanced
By Arun Mahendrakar
I have seen a few other books on this topic, but this one starts from the very basics and takes the reader through some of the very advanced concepts.

The first three chapters work on improving the user-experience and the feature set of a 'to-do' list. The author's style of explanation is quite lucid and easily understandable.

The next two chapters throw light on HTML5 Canvas, showing a glimpse of the power that the Canvas holds.

Chapters 6 and 7 show the HTML5 Audio element. At then end of these chapters, you will have become a piano-man!

Chapter 8 talks about making server calls using jQuery Ajax. This chapter could have been a bit more elaborate with code samples for making post and delete calls on the server (although the challenge there is to have a server-side component for the application).

The information provided regarding Web Workers is also very nice.

The highlights of the book are:
* The piano game in chapter 7
* The photo pad app in chapter 5
* The working details of Web Worker in chapter 9

All-in-all, if you're new to the subject and want to learn a good deal on this topic, this is a good book.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Great guide on using HTML5 for web application development, seriously!
By SuJo
This book really had me thinking about HTML5 in a whole new way. First I respect any coder who uses UML or Flowcharts to delegate the thinking process involved in organized code. I really like the Pop Quiz exercises to test my new found knowledge, the applications in the book are usable and not very difficult to follow.

Having knowledge of JavaScript(jQuery), HTML, and CSS will help you with HTML5.

A few things to mention:
I really liked the photo manipulation, black and white, sepia, etc.
The basic drawing application is really great, it shows you how things work and what you can expect.
Canvas is really powerful, it's not limited to what this book shows it's uses. You can use it to make HTML5 Games!

Don't skip anything and start from page 1, the author builds on the knowledge you learn from the start. Excellent book at a reasonable price to get you started.


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