Jump Start Responsive Web Design: Modern Responsive Solutions

Jump Start Responsive Web Design: Modern Responsive Solutions
By Chris Ward

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It used to be so simple. You made a website or application to work on a 15" monitor and, incompatibilities between browsers aside, you were done. Then along came mobile phones with web browsers and they ruined all our easy lives. Worse than that, people loved browsing the web on them!

Fortunately, by using responsive web design techniques, you can use one set of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and display appropriate elements in an appropriate way to suit each platform. In Jump Start Responsive Web Design, you'l learn responsive techniques to make your designs look magnificent on any device, future-proof them, and reduce development time and budget. RWD helps you deal with the very real problem of not knowing where and how your application will be used.

Completely overhauled for its second edition, this book covers:

  • What does responsive really mean?
  • Semantic page structure
  • Grid systems
  • Responsive Images and media
  • Media queries
  • Responsive content


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #429417 in Books
  • Published on: 2017-05-04
  • Original language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.19" h x .35" w x 7.00" l,
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 166 pages

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About the Author

Chris is a developer, designer and writer currently living in Berlin, but originally from London and with many years spent in Melbourne.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
4Great introduction to responsive design!
By M. Emerson
I recently started to convert some sites to a responsive design and had been relying on the internet for the how-to's. I’ve managed to get things to work but the problem with not knowing where to start is that there was no real plan behind what I was doing. I just converted the entire site element by element until I got it to work.
This would have been a good book to have before I started because it is more of an introduction than just a how too book. yes, there’s a lot of information about how to do certain things and there’s a sample website created through the book. The information I found most helpful was not just the how to do something but the WHY. It has changed my view of what a site design should be. I was one of the people who made a large site then used a separate mobile site. The same dynamic content would work for both with a mobile stylesheet and I had been using some responsive techniques to resize some elements such as pictures.
The most important thing I learned is to make sites mobile first. Totally different than I had ever considered before. Makes sense as mobile views are exploding.
As someone who had used some of these responsive techniques I knew a lot of the instructions from the book so I think the book is a fine starting point to get you to figure out what you need to do, for instance it got me to buy books on flexbox and grid which are my primary how-to books.
I have to say I was disappointed in the lack of any guidance on building the responsive navigation menu. That was actually one of the biggest challenges I had was transforming the desktop navigation to the hamburger button on mobile. Sure, there’s a lot of options out there but I can’t imagine I’m the only person who could use some guidance on the responsive navigation. The last chapter was dedicated to features most people won’t use like battery level or ambient light. This seems like a little less useful information than a navigation guide.
Overall a good book for getting an introduction into responsive design. It put me on the right direction then I went to other resources once I figured out what I was trying to do. Leaving out the navigation coverage made me go to a 4-star rating. It’s not like you can’t search for navigation solutions but it didn’t even give enough of an introduction to guide your search.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
4A (Good) Web Tutorial in Print Form
By Timothy Walker
The author's web publishing experience is evident in this short but useful book - while I wasn't left wanting more exactly, I did get the sense from the sparse text scattered among the images and code samples that his message was, "here, I've shown you how, now go do it". The book does what it says on the tin, defining and demonstrating responsive web design so that developers see how to make pages that will look and behave properly across multiple devices and screen sizes. One need not be an expert to benefit from the book, but the more comfortable the reader is with semantic HTML and CSS, the better. Four stars.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Good Start
By A. D. Lum
As the title suggests, this is a good starting point for understanding what responsive design entails. It is a short book that fills in the gaps for those who are new to responsive design. It teaches you the topics that you need to understand, while pointing the way for further, in-depth study beyond the book. This isn't a text or workbook, so while there are illustrative examples, there is nothing in the way of exercises or practice sets. This type of short, introductory book, is what I like to read first, so that I can intelligently select subsequent avenues of learning.

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