Their handy, helpful new work offers more than 40 “practical recipes that range from clever CSS tricks that will make your clients happy to server-side configurations that will make life easier for you and your users. You’ll find a mix of tried-and-true techniques and cutting-edge solutions, all aimed at helping you truly discover the best tools for the job.”
Web Development Recipes is organized as seven chapters and two appendices:
- Chapter 1: Eye-Candy Recipes – Covers a few ways to use cascading style sheets (CSS) and other techniques to improve the appearance of web pages.
- Chapter 3: Data Recipes – Explores ways to work with user data. Shows how to create a simple contact form and gives “a peek” at using CouchDB’s CouchApp to build a database-driven application.
- Chapter 4: Mobile Recipes – Shows ways to work with mobile computing platforms. Focuses on jQuery Mobile, handling multitouch events and helps you “dig a little deeper into how to determine how and when to serve a mobile version of a page to your visitors.”
- Chapter 7: Hosting and Deployment Recipes – Building a virtual machine to be used as a testing environment, so you can test before moving to a real production environment. Also covers setting up secure sites, doing redirects properly, and automating website deployments “so you won’t accidentally forget to upload a file.”
- Appendix A1: Installing Ruby – Several of the web development recipes require having the Ruby programming language installed on your computer.
- Appendix A2: Bibliography – Lists six works for further reference.
Along with Ruby, there are a few other prerequisites:
- HTML5 and jQuery
- Working with command-line prompts in a shell on a Windows, OS X or Linux machine.
- QEDServer (can be downloaded from the book’s website).
- A virtual machine (either set up with help from the book or downloaded already configured from a website link in the book).
The source code for the book’s projects also can be downloaded from the book’s website.
Each recipe is presented in a straightforward problem, ingredients and solution format, with clear explanations, code examples, illustrations, tips and links to more information.
If you are doing web development work or wanting to move into that arena, Web Development Recipes could be a very good book to keep handy.
– Si Dunn is a novelist, screenwriter, freelance book reviewer, and former software technical writer and software/hardware QA test specialist. His latest book is a detective novel, Erwin’s Law. His other published works include Jump, a novella, and a book of poetry, plus several short stories, including The 7th Mars Cavalry, all available on Kindle.