I’m Back Developing Returns

English: W3C HTML5 Badge in SVG.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written. There is a reason.

I enjoy the act of drafting and organizing content for this blog, but I have also found that I am pretty fascinated by creating webpages from scratch. So, I have been on a bit of a hiatus (from this), but the spending the time on web development things has been great.

I thought I might share with you some of the resources I’ve used over the past few months to pick up more understanding in the web dev. arena. They include:

1. Wendy Willard – BASIC HTML | This is a solid book. With a clear and easy to read style, Wendy lays down the ins and outs of building sites with the web’s fundamental language. Too, an extra “way to be” goes to her for not skimping on the rise in CSS for positioning. The title says HTML, but the book provides a nice measure of gateway information to the language’s counterpart, CSS.

2. Worthy of Honorable Mention | Lynda.com: For the uninitiated Lynda.com is, more-or-less, a video repository of teachings on the emerging tools and techniques surrounding the Internet, and computer -based programs. In the past month or two, I enjoyed free access to the courses at Lynda.com and have since been plotting a return. Classes on CSS are most of what I viewed there, though they do offer classes on Excel, SEO, web design, all sort of stuff.

3. E. Castro & B. Hyslop – HTML5 and CSS3 | My most recent read, and a terrific book (available at Martin Library) is the 2012 published Quickstart by Castro and Hyslop. This book has done a great job of introducing me to many exciting aspects of web development. Some of these topics include:

  • Semantic Markup – The particulars and ‘how to’
  • Fundamentals of each language, HTML5 & CSS3
  • Responsive Design & Media Queries
  • Lot’s of solid structural stuff, lots of design effects, so many things

I really hate to give this book up. But, it has served me well – as has the holiday down-time which is partly when I was able to get away and really learn from and apply teachings from the book.

Too, I’ve been amazed by some of the blog posts, and resources out there and available to the interested eyes. I’ve really enjoyed continuing to listen to The Big Web Show. Additionally, I just received my first a book apart book, Mobile Content Strategy. A list apart is a mind-boggling gem of a resource. And it’s things like this that remind me just how awesome the web can be.

.net Magazine‘s, HTML Design Essentials is a bookazine I’ve picked up in the past few months. It’s mind boggling as well. It is amazing, and delightful, to see some of the super-cool things that people are doing with    websites. Particularly, I think it’s great to see websites delivering some of the rich visual and sensory experiences that have fueled the appreciation for mobile apps.

Smashing Magazine is great. CSS Tricks is super neat. Many more worthy of mention.

So, that’s where I’ve been of late.

How about you?

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