SitePoint books

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#1

I have been looking at the catalog of Sitepoint books, and while there is an impressive selection, I am concerned about a couple of things…

1.) Why are there so many ancient books? (Like 2014, 2012, etc.)

2.) Are most of the books more like pamphlets? 85 pages does not make a book!

3.) Why do a lot of the books not have the name of an author? (I usued to buy SitePoint books at Barnes & Noble, and the author was a consideration.)

It seems like the quality of SitePoints has went downhill since back in the glory days of the early to mid 2000s…


#2

Hi,

It was a while since I bought a Sitepoint book, now checking the library again and trying to answer some of your questions as I understand it:

1.) Why not? Older books can still be valid even if not covering the newest techniques.

2.) No, with 85 pages it’s still a real book. IMHO the number of pages is not important if the content is good.

3.) I believe those books have the Sitepoint Team as author but mentions the specific authors in the description.

In my opinion Sitepoint books are still at the top of the scale with knowledgeable and experienced authors.


#3

Can they? A book on CSS3 from 2012 silly ridiculously old.

Has CSS not been updated in the last 7 years??

True, but back when books were everywhere, I would buy SItePoint books that were 300-400 pages…

But are the best authors still around? Or is it just wannabe authors now that don’t have anything more to share beyound 85 pages?

I was looking at SitePoint books last year and I don’t think there were any titles that weren’t at least 3-4 years old. At least I see some titles that say New! now…


#4

Indeed it has, I can’t argue that, but the thinking behind the use of it is not new.

The sure are, but new ones could also take over.

E.g. Get Your Website Up and Running is only 63 pages but has some impressive authors listed behind the Sitepoint Team name.

Please look again. If you sort them by most recent at least 60 titles are newer than one year.


#5

Sure, there’s certainly some older titles still in the library. But there’s also a bunch of new stuff in there. If you’re looking for CSS books, there’s

CSS Master - 2nd Ed , which is quite a substantive read, written by Tiffany Brown, who is an OG SP author. There are also smaller titles like CSS Grid Layout, Modern CSS and CSS: Tools and Skills


#6

The thing with CSS is the things already there don’t not alter much, but the arsenal of tools is added to. So how fundamental things work like floats, the box model, fonts, syntax, etc, has not changed, so this information will still offer a firm foundation in basic CSS which everyone needs.

Then there are quite a few additions to CSS since then like flex and grid among others. The newer books mentioned by @AngelaP will likely cover these and may be more suitable for those who already know the fundamentals but want to update their knowledge without the need to learn everything from scratch.