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Modern CSS (Apress, 2020)

Modern CSS

Come on a tour of “modern” CSS in 2020. This example-driven book demonstrates the concepts by showing code examples, screenshots, and diagrams to help clearly communicate the information. You'll start with the very basics of CSS: box model, colors, selectors and combinators, and specificity. Then gradually move through more intermediate topics - styling text, positioning, Z-index and stacking contexts, gradients, borders, and then to more advanced topics such as transforms, transitions, animations, flexbox, and CSS grid. Some features are only available in modern browsers (Chrome, Edge, Safari, and Firefox), but information about IE11 compatibility is included where possible. There is a lot of discussion about how hard CSS is, and how intimidated some people are by it, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Modern CSS uses a logical and understandable approach to break down and clearly explain the ins and outs of CSS.

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Using Gatsby and Netlify CMS (Apress, 2020)

Using Gatsby and Netlify CMS

Leverage the powerful new combination of Gatsby and Netlify CMS, a free open source content management solution, to build blazing fast apps. This book shows you how to create a React-powered website using the Gatsby framework for the frontend, and Netlify CMS as the content backend. Through the course of the book you'll gradually build a website for a coffee shop that includes a blog and a bakery/coffee menu that is customizable through Netlify CMS. The project starts with a bare-bones Gatsby site to which you'll add functionality such as setting up/configuring the CMS, creating different types of content, and writing some Gatsby glue code to consume the Markdown data via plugins. When done, you'll be well-equipped to build on your existing JavaScript and React knowledge to effectively use Gatsby and Netlify CMS for yourself or your clients. Using Gatsby and Netlify CMS is an ideal guide for anyone looking to build their own sites and manage their own content without having to deal with creating Markdown files or Git repositories.

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