Are you interested in learning something new?

You can learn something new right now from InformIT. And if you use the coupon code SPRINGVID you can save 70% now through May 30, 2017.

You can learn Responsive Web Design or HTML and CSS from me, and for a much cheaper price. There is also the Front End Web Development Complete Video Course that I helped out with.

This is a spectacular deal on all the InformIT videos, not just mine. If you were thinking about learning some new technology, then now is the time to check out the InformIT videos.

Free Video Tutorial: Do you want to add video backgrounds to your pages?

This Could Be Your Website

When I first started creating video backgrounds I was surprised to learn that making the video for the backgrounds was the hardest part. So as part of my new video series “Learn Responsive Web Design LiveLessons” I included a lesson on building video backgrounds. And it’s available for you to watch for free.

Video Backgrounds are a Fun and Easy Way to Enhance Your Designs

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Do you want to learn RWD? Do you like video learning?

If you answered yes to both these questions, then you’ll be thrilled to learn that my latest video series “Learning Responsive Web Design LiveLessons” will be out soon. This is a 12-lesson video series based on my book Sams Teach Yourself Responsive Web Design in 24 Hours.

I am currently working on the final edits and I hope to see it on the virtual shelves of Informit.com within the next few weeks. This has been a fun project for me to work on as it combines my love of web design with my driving desire to help people make web pages as responsive and accessible as possible.

What “Learning Responsive Web Design” will teach you

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Moving Code Samples to GitHub

Things are moving slowly, but they are moving. I have gotten the Bootstrap book code samples up on GitHub. So those of you who wanted to download them all at once, you now can. I’ll be adding the code from my other books to GitHub as soon as I can.

If you notice an error (and they do creep in!) please feel free to let me know by email, comment, or pull request.

Once I get the older books up on GitHub, I’ll start working on getting my latest book’s code up on GitHub. Of course, that book isn’t done writing itself, so one thing at a time.

Error in RWD code

In LISTING 18.3 “CSS for a Responsive Form” (page 257) I include a position for the label of an input box to hide it from view. But the position values I used would cause the browser to create massive scrollbars both vertical and horizontal.

The incorrect CSS is:

label.inputbox {
  position: absolute;
  top: 9999px;
  left: 9999px;
}

This is easily corrected by positioning the top and left styles negative 9999px each.

label.inputbox {
  position: absolute;
  top: -9999px;
  left: -9999px;
}

 

How much do you know about mobile design?

Mobile design is important because more and more people are moving from computers to mobile devices. It seems like every year heralds the announcement of the demise of computers and the increase in the use of mobile devices. And while that growth has been happening for a while, it really is starting to seem true. But even though we’ve been warned for years about the growth of mobile, many web designers are still reluctant to design for mobile simply because it’s a change, and change is hard.

In my latest project, the 7th edition of HTML, CSS & JavaScript Web Publishing in One Hour a Day, I give the book a focus on mobile design that it didn’t have before. I believe that responsive web design is an important, if not critical, design focus, and being responsive means being mobile friendly. So there is an entire new chapter focused on mobile design.

This lesson covers:

  • How browsing habits on mobile differs from desktop
  • Standards for writing mobile web pages
  • How to write for mobile and online customers
  • Designing pages and layout for mobile
  • Optimizing your content
  • Other habits you should get into for mobile web design

My Bootstrap Book is Now Available

I’m excited to announce that my Bootstrap book Sams Teach Yourself Bootstrap in 24 Hours is available in stores. You can order it online from Amazon and Barnes and Noble or buy it from your local bookstore.

It’s available as a Kindle eBook from Amazon or as a Nook eBook from Barnes and Noble. You can also get it in paperback as well as ePub, mobi, and PDF from InformIT directly.

This Bootstrap Book Makes Bootstrap Easy

Sams Teach Yourself Bootstrap in 24 Hours - my Bootstrap Book
Sams Teach Yourself Bootstrap in 24 Hours

If you’ve been considering moving to a CSS framework, Bootstrap is a good option. Bootstrap 3, which this book covers, offers a lot of useful features that customers and designers have come to expect from websites. Bootstrap makes things like grids, typography, and responsive design quick and easy. Now I find myself getting frustrated by sites that don’t use Bootstrap as I often have to reinvent the wheel just to get features that are standard in Bootstrap.

This Bootstrap book covers all the basics of Bootstrap including the CSS, components, and JavaScript libraries you can use to improve your site. You will also learn how to customize your Bootstrap website so that it doesn’t look like every other Bootstrap website out there. I even included a few example sites of some Bootstrap sites that really impressed me. You might be surprised at the sites that do use Bootstrap. There are a lot more than you might realize.

Please Consider Reviewing My Books

If you get a copy of my Bootstrap book or any of my other books, please let me know. I’d love to hear what you think. And if you have a chance, please leave a review on Amazon. If you like any of my books, the best thing you can do to help is to write a positive review on Amazon. And even if you don’t like them, I want to know, so I can improve them.

A Busy Week

I spent the last week working on two projects: the “Learning HTML and CSS Livelessons” and editing the Sams Teach Yourself Bootstrap in 24 Hours book.

It was both one of the most fun weeks I’ve ever spent and also one of the scariest (at least at first). I have never been in front of a camera before, and I spent 6-8 hours a day on Monday through Wednesday right there. Luckily Pete and his dog Shorty were there to put me at ease. It ended up being a lot of fun.

Now, of course, I have a bunch more work to both catch up from being gone for several days and some update work to get the website ready for the videos. This LiveLessons series is intended to help people learn enough HTML and CSS to get a website up and running and looking good. I’m hoping that if this project does well, I can do another on something like CSS to go into more depth on how to use CSS and style really fancy pages.

Sams Teach Yourself Bootstrap in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself Bootstrap in 24 Hours

And I also got the first 50% of the technical and copy edits for the Bootstrap book. And I got the second 50% right after I got back. I’m hoping the second half is fairly error free (as far as we have found) like the first half. And as always, any errors that make it into the final book are my fault not my copy editor or tech editor (thanks Jon!)

One of the biggest challenges of writing a book about Bootstrap is that I find myself wanting to convert every site I look at to Bootstrap. I finally upgraded this site to Bootstrap just this week. And I’ve converted a couple of other sites I manage as well. But let me tell you, even as the author of the book, my clients don’t all want to do a huge redesign just because Bootstrap rocks. Oh well, their loss.

What’s Next?

My next project is finishing up a book on web publishing. That should be fun, and hopefully pretty quick. After that, who knows? If you have any ideas, let me know!