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Multi-Device Web Development with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
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San Francisco, CA, April 16, 2013—The boom in Web-enabled devices has been a huge boon for consumers, who have quickly grown accustomed to instant online access wherever they are, whatever they're on. But it can pose a huge challenge for today's front-end developers, now tasked with designing and updating sites capable of universal performance in the "Internet-everywhere era," according to industry veteran Peter Gasston. In his latest book, The Modern Web (No Starch Press, April 2013, 264 pp., $34.95, ISBN 9781593274870), Gasston maps out a masterful blueprint for building platforms that will work flawlessly on any device.

Fluent in the ever-evolving language of the Internet, Gasston guides developers and programmers of every skill level through the latest web-platform complexities, with his signature wit and engaging tone. "[He] strikes a great balance between producing fantastic real-world code and staying right on top of the latest developments in web technology," says Chris Mills, author of Practical CSS3 (Peachpit Press, 2012), noting that Gasston "has a considerable gift for explaining difficult technical topics in a lucid and entertaining manner."

In addition to expertly detailing the latest and most important tools of device-agnostic web development, The Modern Web provides fundamental instructions for harnessing the powers of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Peppered with plain-English explanations and practical examples, the book handily lays out the best techniques, principles, and practices for turning outdated websites into flexible, user-friendly landing pages that take full advantage of the unique capabilities of any device or browser.

The Modern Web teaches readers how to:

  • Plan and code content to display fluidly across multiple devices
  • Design websites that interact with devices using the most up-to-date APIs, including Geolocation, Orientation, and WebStorage
  • Incorporate cross-platform audio and video without troublesome plug-ins
  • Make images and graphics scalable on high-resolution devices with SVG
  • Use powerful new HTML5 elements to design friendlier forms

"There's never been a more exciting time to work in web development, but it's also a little daunting," Gasston says. He advises developers to think of what they build in the greater scheme of things in order to keep pace with cutting-edge tech markets. "My aim in writing this book was to capture the moment we're currently in, using the latest front-end web-platform technologies to build websites that work everywhere—not just now, but in the future. We've seen such a major transformation of Internet-enablement in the past five years, but who can say where it will be another five years from now?"

For more information or to request a review copy of The Modern Web, contact Jessica Miller at No Starch Press ([email protected], +1.415.830.3899) or visit

About the Author

Peter Gasston has been a London-based web developer for more than 10 years, in both agency and corporate settings. The author of The Book of CSS3 (No Starch Press, 2011), he has also been published in Smashing and .net magazines, has contributed to, and was one of the original writers for When not giving talks around the world on web technology and CSS, he updates his blog,

Mr. Gasston is available for radio, TV, print, and online interviews. Please contact [email protected].

Additional Resources
Chapter 6: Device APIs (PDF)
Table of Contents
Detailed Table of Contents (PDF)
Index (PDF)
No Starch Press Catalog Page

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April 2013, 264 pp.
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