Jens Oliver Meiert

New Book: The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines

Post from December 14, 2015 (↻ April 19, 2020), filed under .

Out of the blue! My latest book, The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines, is now available. And it’s free!

The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines is a brief introduction into the theory and practice of coding standards. Emphasis, as the title suggests, is on HTML and CSS, and furthermore on Google’s guidelines as examples for some of the more stable standards (special focus on Google’s guidelines should not come as a surprise, given my former involvement in them).

Overall the book is a bit on the weaker sides of treatises I’ve written about web development—although the O’Reilly team had relatively few comments, I’m just okay with my work—, and yet it should serve as a small but solid complement to an area of our field that is lacking more attention and examination (Brad, Harry, what else can we do?). As the book argues, any team with two and more people seems to benefit from a documented standard for how to code.

Format and Price Ebook (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), free
Paperback, not available
Extras Foreword by Lindsey Simon
Length 37 pages (PDF)
Language English
ISBN 978-1-4919-4257-4


The cover of “The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines.”

A proper plan can improve your code, including your HTML documents and CSS style sheets. Jens Oliver Meiert explores the theory and practice of coding guidelines and shows, using Google’s HTML and CSS standards as a particular example, how consistency and care can make the code base you create today much easier to deal with when you—or someone else—work on it [tomorrow].

Jens Oliver Meiert is a former senior developer and tech lead at Google, Aperto, and GMX, where he architected internal frameworks that married fast development with high quality code.

❧ In this place special thanks once more go to the great Tony, Lindsey of course, the O’Reilly team, Google and my old team, everyone who taught me to code and who gave feedback when I taught them, and also everyone I mention in the book itself, most notably Michael Sage. Please enjoy The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines (and maybe a free copy of the Little Book of Frameworks, too, if you haven’t gotten one yet)!

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on April 29, 2020.

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