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10 Upcoming HTML5 Books to Get Excited About

HTML5 Books for 2013 and 2014

Tech books do not have the same entertainment factor as who-done-it mystery books. You’re not going to find out that HTML5 killed CSS3 with an AJAX on the desktop. The greatest HTML5 books are useful. They help designers and developers get things done.

This list is comprised of HTML5 books that are going to be released in the second half of 2013 and also includes 2 books that will be hitting the shelves in 2014. They cover a wide range of skill levels. Beginners all the way up to your experts like Tim Berners-Lee may find a book worth reading.

Six out of the ten books on the list are being released on the 22nd of their respective months…someone has been paying attention to their analytics.

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Learn HTML5 with Videos and Books

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I moved to a rural part of Japan six years ago with no prospects. There was no job waiting for me and I didn’t have a college degree to help me become employed. My Japanese speaking skills were nonexistent unless you want to give me credit for mistakenly asking people if I could “have” their toilet. I knew I needed to figure out a way to earn a living.

I tried several ideas that all failed. The most notable of the failures was the month I tried to sell Japanese Transformers on eBay. I probably would have done better if I made an eBook “How to Make Money Selling Japanese Transformers”. You really can make money but not much…just enough to purchase expired sushi and paper towels. The towels are important because they will be used to clean up any sushi that is “returned to sender”. Ewwww!…but true.

How did I escape financial ruin? How did I go from being dirt poor to just poor? The answer is online tutorial and training videos. I had computer skills but needed to improve them so I signed up for the free trial at and watched as many videos as I could. I was also learning from YouTube, forums, and by dissecting source code. The way I went about acquiring skills wasn’t ideal. I think the learning online thing would have worked better for me if everything I needed to know was in one place. This is why I was very happy when Faye, the community manager at Treehouse contacted me.

Treehouse is taking a new angle at the traditional online teaching video. Their videos tend to run as a course with quizzes and interactive Code Challenges mixed in. As you complete the courses you will earn badges that are an indicator of what skills you currently possess. These badges are then viewable by anyone including recruiters from big companies. This means that everything you need to know will finally be in one place! Continue Reading →

HTML5 Security, the Book

HTML5 Security, the Book

I thought I had my first Mac computer virus a couple of years ago. It turns out the vicious hacker was a baby blue stuffed manatee in another room. It was pressing down on a wireless keyboard I had stopped using weeks earlier. It took me longer than it should have to figure out. Very embarrassing! Wouldn’t it be nice if all computer problems were human error? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Malicious attackers are probably reading this right now as they try to find out more information on how to exploit HTML5. The next Dr. Evil is out there and this time it won’t be “sharks with lasers.”

The eBook HTML5 Security is pretty self-explanatory and a must read for all serious developers especially since it’s priced under $5. It is by a German author, Carsten Eilers who is a freelance consultant and coach on IT security and technical data protection. I had the opportunity to download a free copy of HTML5 Security for this post. I like how Carsten handles the basics. He believes the first question you should ask yourself when pondering how to repel attacks should always be “What are the goals of the attacker?”. The book covers XSS Javascript, communication in HTML5, local storage options, Clickjacking, and more. There are also diagrams, code examples, and screenshots throughout the book to help explain the points Carsten is making.

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