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Web Development Recipes now in print; January magazine

January 04, 2012

Modern web development takes more than just HTML and CSS with a little JavaScript mixed in. Clients want more responsive sites with faster interfaces that work on multiple devices, and you need the latest tools and techniques to make that happen. Web Development Recipes will show you what you need.

And since it’s January, we’ve got the latest issue of PragPub magazine for you to read, digest, circulate, internalize, apply, and enjoy. Read on…

Web Development Recipes

In Web Development Recipes you’ll see a full spectrum of cutting-edge web development techniques, from UI and eye candy recipes to solutions for data analysis, testing, and web hosting.

Make buttons and content stand out with simple cross-browser styles; do animations that work on mobile devices without plugins; build and test HTML emails; and build a flexible layout that works on desktops and mobile devices. You’ll use the Backbone and Knockout JavaScript frameworks to build responsive user interfaces, and you’ll learn how tools like CoffeeScript and Sass offer better ways to develop and maintain your client-side code. You’ll write tests for your code that run in multiple web browsers, use Git to keep track of your work, and even get a little one-on-one time with the Apache web server.

Whether you’re new to front-end development, or you’ve got a few years of experience, you’ll become a more versatile developer by finding out how-and why-to use these solutions in your next web development project.

What folks are saying:

“I know of no other resource that even comes close to exploring so many interesting techniques for modern web development.”
Matt Margolis, Manager, Getty Images

“No words are wasted on trivial details; this is a book for proactive web developers who want to pick up some new ideas fast.”
Peter Cooper, Editor, Ruby Inside, HTML5 Weekly, and JavaScript Weekly

Web Development Recipes is one of those rare books that is not only extremely practical but also incredibly useful for a wide range of readers. Everyone in all aspects of web design and development will find numerous tips and tricks that will be immediately useful in their day-to-day work.”
Ray Camden, Developer evangelist, Adobe

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January PragPub Magazine

This first issue of 2012 features articles on the Scala language, making unit tests effective via the FIRST approach, a breakthrough product from forty years ago, plus an interview with David Hussman.

David Hussman, widely known as “The Dude,” teaches and coaches agility in companies of all sizes, working side by side with designers, developers, testers, leaders, and others. David’s video series Cutting an Agile Groove is a different sort of product from the Pragmatic Bookshelf, and we invited David to chat about his experiences in the trenches.

In this issue you’ll also meet Brian Hogan: writer, editor, software developer. Brian has been gracious enough to submit to the latest of our Staff Profiles, designed to eventually introduce you to everyone in the bullpen here in Pragville.

Recently, Tim Ottinger and Brett Schuchert devised a concise set of criteria for making unit tests effective. In their latest agile feature, Tim and Jeff Langr explain the mnemonic for these criteria, an overloaded acronym whose very name answers the important question of when to write tests.

Venkat Subramaniam is back with another installment of his series on the Scala language. Dan Wohlbruck highlights another moment in the history of technology. And John Shade tells you things you already know.

But wait, there’s more. We haven’t published a puzzle in a while, so this month we’re offering up a Sudoku puzzle with a twist—it uses letters instead of digits, and hidden within it is a name that any computer scientist should be familiar with.

We hope you enjoy the issue, and that your 2012 is a good one.

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Coming Soon:

  • The Cucumber Book in print
  • The Developer’s Code: What Real Programmers Do in print
  • Rails Recipes: Rails 3 Edition in print
  • Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence in print

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  • Cutting an Agile Groove [video]
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