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Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement (Voices That Matter)

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Building an elegant, functional website requires more than just knowing how to code. In Adaptive Web Design, Second Edition, you’ll learn how to use progressive enhancement to build websites that won’t break, work anywhere, are accessible by anyone—on any device, and are designed to work well into the future.

Adaptive Web Design, Second Edition goes beyond the first edition
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published November 21st 2015 by New Riders (first published 2011)
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Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Most books with "web design" in the title are actually about front-end web development, and Adaptive Web Design is no different.

Many web developers craft a great experiences based around ideal situations, then pare it down for inferior browsers, people with disabilities, etc. — often called Graceful Degradation. Instead, Gustafson advocates for Progressive Enhancement, where a developer starts with those extremes as the baseline experience, then adds enhancements as the user's situation becomes
A good resource book for web designing... 😊
Rachel Lehman
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book, I thought it was well written and the techniques presented were useful. I glossed over most of the CSS section because there wasn't really anything new to me there. The JavaScript section was the most useful part to me. This is basically a collection of all the current best practice techniques out there today. I liked how many of the JS examples used jQuery - no need to triple the amount of code in the examples when we're all using jQuery anyway.
I was a little turned off by t
Corey Dutson
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Adaptive Web Design Patterns' probably would have been a more accurate title for this book. The examples aren't as deep as I'd personally like them, but the philosophies are solid and it's worth reading if only for those.

The book covers a range of different concepts in a clear and easy manner, which makes it a great book for those just getting into thinking about the web (as well as those of us that have been around it for a while).

I usually struggle with books like this (I'm more of a fiction
paul redman
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone that wants to get started in Web Design (or even people that have been doing it for quite some time) should read this book. The author gives you the best description and walk-though of Progressive Enhancement I have ever come across. You do need to have a basic understanding of HTML, CSS & JavaScript to get the most out of the content. It is written clearly and to the point, I was able to read though this book in one evening.
Hada Garcia
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It gives you a global view of what it's needed to think when you are working specially on the Front-End part of a proyect. One term I've learned... progressive enhancement. I started reading it because at work we were planing to improve our accessibility, and I've realized so much more things we need to improve. good book. ...more
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for anyone that is interested in the more technical, but not too technical niche of web design. Aaron does a great job of walking the reader through the technical implementations of an adaptive web design and progressive enhancement. It is short so worth taking a read through then using as a reference for future project work. Great job Aaron!
Steve Love
Great content, and a good read if you are new to progressive enhancement, but there's nothing revolutionary here if you've been keeping up. Ultimately, it's just another book that says, "Our previous design philosophies were misguided; here are our new best practices." ...more
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. A great summary of the current work of art in front-end web development.
Ahmad Shadeed
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: front-end
One of the best books I've ever read. I learned about the core of Progressive Enhancement for the web and how we can apply that concept in our design process. I will definitely read it again. ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technical
I wish all devs would adhere to this philosophy for development. Maybe then I wouldn't feel like the web is broken whenever I use websites on my phone. Granted, most sites work. But many are bloated which makes it hard to use on the phone. Or they don't have a mobile version, or rather adapt to mobile. Or they break on mobile even though on the desk top they work. Or they make a page which should just be simple HTML with only a sprinkling of JavaScript but instead make it all JS and bloated so i ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lavoro-web
Testo scoperto parlando con la libraia della Hoepli.
Cercavo un testo sulle interfacce, ma non tecnico.
Questo testo (letto in italiano) contiene moltissime valutazioni "filosofiche", scelte durante la progettazione e sviluppo di una interfaccia.
Personalmente ritengo molto piu' importante sapere come altri ritengono utile sviluppare interfacce, e perche'.
Il testo mi ha un po' deluso nella parte centrale. Eccellenti valutazioni su javascript e aria, ma un po' troppo a lungo, secondo me.
Ho potuto ap
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adaptive Web Design isn't bad but I didn't learn a lot personally. ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
JavaScript is not your interface. It's just one powerful layer that can do some incredible things on an already solid HTML foundation.

Adaptive Web Design is an excellent guide to creating rich digital experiences for the web. The author, Aaron Gustafson, is a seasoned web professional who really knows his stuff. More than a framework or methodology, Gustafson introduces Progressive Enhancement as a guiding "philosophy" to approaching websites and apps, treating each part of the design process as
Chad Mefferd
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best single resource I've come across that teaches and applies the concept of progressive enhancement to every aspect of web design. I especially had some lightbulb moments regarding Accessibility and ARIA in web applications. While there seem to be some complaints that the examples are not in depth enough, I felt they were just right. Not too involved that it encumbered reading the book, yet reaching far enough into each topic that you can begin applying them immediately. I wouldn't ...more
Ana Sampaio
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great starting point for everyone who wants to jump into the web's world, both web designers and developers. It talks about progressive enhancement, a word that you should know and care about if you're building today and tomorrow's web (and I didn't before I read this book!).

What I appreciated the most in this book was the way it's written. You can read it in a single day. Soft language, easy to read and understand. It's like having Aaron talking to you and explaining it all to y
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comp-sci
Not a bad book, listing various techniques in web development that accomplish "Progressive Enhancement" design pattern. Most of the suggestions and techniques for the HTML and CSS sections are pretty straight forward so I didn't pick up anything new there. I was happy that the author included microformats since they are hardly ever used yet with wider adoption could be quite useful.

The JavaScript section was more helpful and the final chapter on accessibility was very good.

Overall a good book
Alfredo Sherman
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: web, non-fiction
Siento que de haber leído éste libro antes me habría ahorrado muchos dolores de cabeza entendiendo el funcionamiento de varias librerías que se usan normalmente en los sitios “responsivos”. El enfoque y el lenguaje que usa Gustafson es muy sencillo y fácil de entender, los ejemplos son muy concretos y dan una idea perfecta sobre cómo llegar al ideal de ejecutar un sitio con estándares capaz de adaptarse al constante cambio de la web.

Definitivamente no es un libro para gente que va empezando con
Arun Mahendrakar
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book gives some good history on web design and the author does a good job of expressing the purpose of design, just about any design itself.

But where I got stuck was when the author proposed adding a lot of details through the rel, media or the import declarations, that would make the pages bulky. In an era where we are striving to reduce even the last byte, I'm not sure if adding these data to the page would make it justifiable.
This a pretty good introduction to many basics of contemporary web practice. Using media queries to determine which CSS style sheet to present and the whole idea of progressive enhancement and graceful degradation are basics which any front end web developer worth their salt should be thinking about. Unfortunately not always the case with 'dark matter' developers I sometimes encounter. ...more
Radimir Bitsov
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: design
This was the first book I have read about responsive web design and its principles. It is very useful for people who wants to learn the fundamentals of the best practices in responsive front - end development and I definitely recommend it as one of the essential books about this theme.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best one in the field!
This is something worth reading!
hank you Aaron!
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing I didn't already know, it's a good introduction into progressive enhancement though. A better title for this book would have been "Progressive enhancement, ins and outs". ...more
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be a great book for any novice. Little too much of a history lesson for what I was hoping for.
This may be the most influential book I have read on web development, in terms of principles. Translating it into working habits is....harder.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book clearly explain what makes a good adaptive web design through its concept of 'progressive enhancement'. The author also knows how to write a fun and engaging book. ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. It reinforced some things I had forgotten about and made me keen to fine tune my front end code.
Rob Schmidt
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Aaron has nearly 15 years experience on the web and, in that time, has cultivated a love of web standards and an in-depth knowledge of website strategy and architec­ture, interface design, and numerous languages (including XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP). He co-founded Retreats 4 Geeks, an intimate technology training series, and is Group Manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP) where he has s ...more

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