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CSS Secrets: Better Solutions to Everyday Web Design Problems

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  367 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Based on two popular talks from author Lea Verou--including "CSS3 Secrets: 10 things you may not know about CSS"--this practical guide provides intermediate to advanced CSS developers with more than 40 undocumented techniques and tips for using CSS3 to create better websites.

The talks that spawned this book have been top-rated by attendees in every conference they were pre
Paperback, 354 pages
Published July 3rd 2015 by O'Reilly Media (first published August 25th 2014)
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Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
I think this is the best CSS book I have encountered. Book presents 47 everyday design problems with well thought out alternative solutions using latest CSS features.

First chapter gives short introduction on how CSS standards are formed and presents some best practices for writing CSS. That introduction chapter itself changed the way how I have been thinking the DRY principle regarding CSS. Before my interpretation of DRY CSS did limit in clever use of selectors etc to maximize re-usability / mi
Douglas Fenstermacher
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the best book on CSS I have ever read. It changed the way I style websites before I had finished the first chapter. I would recommend it to anyone who already has a working knowledge of CSS but is looking for a more thorough understanding.
Arturo Tadeo
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very technical book, a must read for web designers and developers.

Radimir Bitsov
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: programming
Without a doubt the best book about CSS I've ever read. It presents solutions for problems that every front-end developer is facing constantly. The structure is perfect, the examples are really well crafted and the author is one of the most respected persons in the community, with numerous articles and conference talks on this topic. ...more
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bought this on a whim (Amazon lightning deal) last year because I'm a CSS geek and have been following Verou on her blog for some time.

First off, this is not a book for beginners. What you have here is true to Verou's brand - the "cutting edge" of CSS technology. Even as someone who's worked with CSS for a decade, I found much of the subject matter to be complex (some of the concepts are explained mathematically) and certainly stretching my knowledge of CSS.

If however you love CSS as a markup l
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i'm not a professional procrastinator, but with this review i surely made it to the big fella's league.
i delayed the review, because on the one hand it was obvious that this book is a really good source of info.
the book is full of updated knowledge and years of experience, of the author and others all around the digital landscape. it is balancing great between theory and practice. it is addressing current obstacles standing in the way of almost everyone trying to build a modern website, e.g. : v
Scott J Pearson
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, this work is intended for a very niche audience. It is for computer programmers who are web designers and who want to learn not just basic CSS (how webpages are currently styled) but advanced CSS. As becomes the O’Reilly book series, Verou is fortunately a master of CSS and of technical communication. Her wit makes learning how to make the most out of CSS entertaining, intriguing, and extensible to new situations.

Verou, a member of the W3C CSS Working Group, provides 47 “secrets” that pro
Hovhannes Mkhitaryan
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clear examples of CSS. Helpful book!
kirill bytin
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All front end developers should read it
Vlad Ardelean
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tech
Lots of tricks and helpful advice. Lots of references. Provides historical context and insights into the future. Not made for reading cover-to-cover. Not for beginners.
Akram Mahmoud
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Cool book, learned a lot about writing DRY css.
Joseph Rex
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
CSS Secrets is a manual for anyone with a good fundamental knowledge of CSS. It is like a dictionary I'll hold on to for years to come ...more
Patrick Wiseman
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lea Verou if you've had the pleasure of following her amazing career on the internet has skyrocketed to being among the freshest thinkers in the bleeding edge of web standards. Following her on Twitter is an endless source of inspiration, well thought out commentary on standards, and simply a great way to stay on top of the latest and greatest.

This book combines a fresh take on some of everyday CSS problems and better ways to solve them. Lea is painstakingly familiar with the standards, how the
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Neat book.

First chapter is great, I found useful the CSS coding tips about maintainability and DRY -- the most important idea from the book, really. It highlights (with examples!) the importance of understanding how the CSS rules work together and some mechanisms (e.g. proper units, currentColor, inherit) that empower you to reduce and sometimes even eliminate the dependance of values from each other, minimizing the amount of edits necessary to make a necessary change.

The remaining chapters are
Brian Cham
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I hate CSS so I'm glad there's a book like this to make things smoother. There are plenty of illustrations and diagrams with clear explanations. The author has definitely figured out an effective way to teach web design in book format. ...more
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For a library rental, this was really enjoyable. It's basically just 47 "secrets" that were written by somebody very close to the CSS spec. It reinforces the DRY principle and shows why and how it got there, which is always nice to see as a programmer. ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, reference
Numerous really useful, but not obvious, solutions to very common issues with page design. Everything is explained in great detail with complete example code.
Leonid Prokopchuk
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most used tricky CSS techniques just in once place. Totally worth reading for web-developer of any level.
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