Web Development Foundations +
Web Development Foundations +
About the Bundle
What is web development? A huge field consisting of a great number of technologies, tools, and processes.
What is at the core of web development? HTML and CSS.
The “Web Development Foundations” bundle includes perhaps the largest web development glossary there is, The Web Development Glossary. It includes a brief collection of real-world HTML snippets to be analyzed and improved, Upgrade Your HTML. It includes an introduction into the craft of CSS and its optimization, CSS Optimization Basics. And it includes The Little Book of Little Books, covering HTML/CSS frameworks, coding guidelines, and quality control—all by ex-Googler and O’Reilly author, Jens Oliver Meiert (meiert.com).
The Web Development Glossary
More Than 2,000 Key Terms for Developers
The glossary then goes beyond web development, touching on computer science, design, typography, usability and user experience, information as well as project management, other disciplines of interest and relevance to the modern developer. It goes beyond, inspiring the curiosity to learn more about the Web and the people creating and using it. And still it is a glossary, of a couple of thousand terms for developers, leaning on (and giving back to) Wikipedia and the MDN Web Docs.
→ This is the book if you choose to extend and validate your web and software development knowledge.
Upgrade Your HTML
10 Examples to Improve Your Markup
HTML is super-popular. Everyone can write HTML. Or can they? In the spirit that everything can be tweaked and optimized, Upgrade Your HTML is a first light book in a playful series to review and improve real-life examples of HTML.
Not shyly but always constructively does Jens Oliver Meiert, someone who has written a lot of HTML and who makes his own life difficult so that he can write even more HTML, go through ten samples to ponder and upgrade the respective markup.
If you’re a web developer you know HTML. Check out and follow Upgrade Your HTML to nod (or shake your head) exploring old and new problems surrounding uses of the beloved HyperText Markup Language.
→ This is the book if you enjoy the intricacies of working with HTML.
CSS Optimization Basics
Are you unsure about your style sheets’ quality, or whether you’ve maxed out your options? CSS Optimization Basics covers the necessary mindsets, discusses the main optimization methods, and presents useful resources to write higher quality CSS.
→ This is the book if you care about the craft of writing CSS, and enjoy optimizing style sheets.
The Little Book of Little Books
HTML and CSS Frameworks, Coding Guidelines, Quality Control
The Little Book of Little Books consists of three booklets, originally released in 2015 and 2016. They have been lightly updated and edited (with permission and release by the former publisher, O’Reilly).
The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks provides guidance for the development and use of web frameworks. It was written during a time when frameworks were used by linking to their style sheets. While times have changed, it’s the author’s conviction that the principles outlined in the book still hold, and that it provides unique views to the advantage of everyone working with frameworks.
The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines outlines the benefits of coding standards and discusses them on the basis of the Google HTML/CSS Style Guide. It was written during a time when there was little tooling to format code automatically. Back in 2012, the author had revised and published the Google guidelines; many years later, he maintains that the modern frontend developer and their craft still benefit from such standards.
The Little Book of Website Quality Control reviews quality assurance and control and offers a comprehensive collection of tools. It was written during a time when there were few automated testing options, with a focus on web-based manual testing. The author believes this has been one of his weakest books, ponders why he didn’t do better, but likes the idea that, over time, he can make updates that make it a little less shallow.
→ This is the book if you want to travel back in time for a complementary perspective on frameworks, coding guidelines, quality control—and the craft of web development.
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