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Book Giveaway – Foundation HTML5 Canvas By Rob Hawkes

It’s nearly one month since the launch of TechRant, and to celebrate, we thought we should give something back to you, the readers! There is only one book up for grabs here, but you should still have pretty good odds at winning!

Rob Talking at State of the Web BrowserTo many of you, Rob Hawkes needs no introduction, but just in case you’re not really connected to the internet, here are a few things you might need to know…

Hopefully that was enough to convince you to enter, however if you’re looking for a little more info on what exactly the book contains, we can help you out there, too.

The short version, as Rob puts it: “Learn how to become a true master of HTML5 canvas in my new book. In it I teach you how to use all the major features of Canvas, animate with physics, and how to create two awesome space games.”

The slightly longer version…

Foundation HTML5 Canvas for Games and Entertainment is what it says on the tin. If you’re new to programming and want to get into the HTML5 Canvas scene and makes some games too, this book is for you. If you’re not new to programming, but you are new to working with Canvas and want to learn more, this book is for you. If you have no interest in computers, technology, or the internet in general—what are you doing here?

Here’s the table of contents I pinched from Amazon:

  1. Introducing HTML5
  2. Foundation JavaScript
  3. Learning the Basics of Canvas
  4. Pushing Canvas Further
  5. Manipulating Images and Video
  6. Making Things Move
  7. Implementing Advanced Animation
  8. Creating the Space Bowling Game
  9. Creating the Asteroid Avoidance Game
  10. Taking Things Further and the Future of Canvas

If you’re STILL not convinced (which you should be), I strongly suggest you speak to @RobHawkes on twitter, who you should probably be following anyway if you aren’t already!

We have some seriously awesome articles being published over the next week, so stay tuned for those!

The giveaway ends on Wednesday 8th June 2011. The winner will be contacted and announced shortly after.

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32 Comments

  1. Jamie
    Posted 30/05/2011 at 5:21 PM | Permalink

    Websites are finally heading in a fundamentally new direction. I look forward to seeing less reliance on Flash- it is useful for creating games and animation, but I would much rather see a better alternative for streaming video, which is something that looks promising from what I’ve seen of HTML5 so far. We will finally start seeing less and less “flash-heavy” websites, and less need for plug-ins.

  2. Posted 30/05/2011 at 8:10 PM | Permalink

    Pretty much all of HTML5 can be done already using plugins; very little of it is actually new. But what it does bring is far better integration. It’s about making it easier to have websites working closer to video, audio, advanced graphics, real-time client-server communication and everything else HTML5 brings. Instead of these components being bolted on top as almost separate entities, they are now seamlessly integrated within a web site or application.

    Up till now there has been a very clear distinction between desktop apps and even the best made websites (they are never quite on par). Better integrated websites allow us to create better web sites; whilst running in more places, and take less effort to build, then their desktop counterparts.

    My point is that making it easier to build better applications in the cloud, and so make it easier for people to create entirely new things, is what I believe will truly give the web the power to supersede the desktop environment. Having a better software environment is what excites me, and HTML5 brings that one step closer.

  3. Posted 30/05/2011 at 9:48 PM | Permalink

    I guess I’m hoping we can see greater flexibility, portability and compatability across an even greater number of platforms with the simplest of basic HTML code allowing for far greater results for the end user, with out the added hassles for both the coder and the user.

  4. Posted 30/05/2011 at 10:03 PM | Permalink

    Hot chicks never get tired of listening about HTML5 and everyone likes hot chicks !

  5. Posted 31/05/2011 at 9:02 AM | Permalink

    What excites me about HTML5 is that after it would be fully implemented, our web experience would be having to deal with lesser plugins and the use of standards should make the web less of a crowded planet full of alienated attachments.

    I’m also stoked about WebGL and the HTML5 Canvas itself. I imagine playing games and watching animations and motion clips on my browser without having to deal with Flash and all other stuff I don’t like to deal with.

  6. Francesco
    Posted 31/05/2011 at 9:14 AM | Permalink

    Finally out job has become less and less boring and more and more fun. That’s why a love HTML5 and related technologies.

  7. Peran Osborn
    Posted 31/05/2011 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

    What excites me about HTML5 is the ability to crate web apps that can work across multiple devices without the need for plugins

  8. Posted 31/05/2011 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    I love the aspects of HTML5 that aims to make the life of front-end developers easier, like html5 forms. But of course being able to play games in my browser wihtout third party plug ins etc is pretty awesome :)

  9. Posted 31/05/2011 at 9:38 AM | Permalink

    Two things really excite about HTML5 moving in this direction; firstly, I don’t necessarily have to learn a new language to create games, something I’ve always wanted to do, and secondly these will work across browser hopefully :)

  10. Posted 31/05/2011 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

    HTML5 awesomeness!! :D allowing you to step out of the previous browser constraints without requiring additional plugins. We can now create virtual worlds and unique awe inspiring interfaces to interact with – no longer limited to a 2D book styled interface.

    Real time collaboration with native sockets or socket.io makes me excited to see how what developers will now create. Alot of it’s been done before but now there seems to be more of an explosion with developers jumping on html 5 for mobility and apps..

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