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HTML5 web applications are now capable of matching or exceeding the scale and sophistication of desktop applications, but with the unique advantage of running natively inside the web browsers on billions of desktop computers, phones, TVs and tablets.
This revolution (or more correctly - evolution) has happened for a number of reasons:
- Browsers have introduced new standards-based APIs allowing web applications to (amongst other things) store data offline, retrieve data from the server dynamically, spawn background processes and interact with the filesystem.
- The jQuery library has eased the pain of interacting with Document Object Model, and therefore writing applications that dynamically respond to user interaction.
- The HTML markup language has been overhauled and extended to provide more semantic meaning, and many additional elements and attributes.
This book is not a simple introduction to the subject matter: it guides you through the process of building a feature-rich web application. The application begins simple, and becomes gradually more complex as additional APIs and features are introduced. This book includes the following content:
- An introduction to the HTML5 markup language, and how it differs from HTML4 and XHTML.
- An introduction to jQuery selection, traversal, manipulation and events.
- An in-depth look at the Web storage and IndexedDB APIs for client side data storage.
- A guide to implementing offline web applications with the Application Cache API.
- A guide to the use of Web Workers in web applications.
- An introduction to AJAX, and the jQuery API supporting AJAX.
- An introduction to Server Sent Events and Web Sockets.
This book is intended for anyone with at least a superficial knowledge of HTML and programming (in any language).
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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful.
This book is going to save new web developers many hours of struggle and pain.
By M.C. Meyer
Cameron patiently walks you through an actual project. By the time you finish it, you'll know what you need to know to build your own feature-rich application. The writing is clear. The teaching is excellent. If you already have some familiarity with HTML and programming, this book may be all you need to take the next step into full-fledged web development.
56 of 60 people found the following review helpful.
Great book for transitioning from traditional OOP lanquages
By Tracy Kamradt
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful.
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By Hip-Hop Phenomenon
There were a lot of typos/misspellings like using 'loose' instead of 'lose', 'Micrsoft' instead of 'Microsoft', but boy did I learn a lot from this book! I like that it really gets to the essence of the topics instead of being bothered with details. Some new things I learned about were on caching and making the web app be usable without internet connection, writing your own API for local storage, how promises are useful and good practice for AJAX requests. I wish that I read this book earlier!