If you don't know about the new features available in HTML5, now's the time to find out. This book provides practical information about how and why the latest version of this markup language will significantly change the way you develop for the Web. HTML5: Up & Running careful…
Best resource to get started with HTML5
Pros: Well-written, Concise, Easy to understand, Helpful examples
Best Uses: Novice, Intermediate, Student, Expert
Describe Yourself: Developer
HTML5: Up and Running by Mark Pilgrim is a great guide to get started with HTML5. The author uses his knowledge to bring us a book that sifts through the standard and explains just about enough to get started on all the features.
The book starts off with a history of HTML5 and it makes us appreciate what really goes on in the standards committee. Then it covers the major features of HTML5, how to detect it in current browsers. Then each feature is taken up in a chapter of its own. There is Canvas, Video, GeoLocation, Storage, Offline, Microdata formats and so on.
The writing style is simple and far from boring, with several pieces of information thrown in that gives a good overall perspective.
What I particularly liked about the book were its simple examples and how the author has covered each feature of HTML5 in its chapter. After a few initial chapters, I am of the opinion that you could get into any chapter independently if you are really short of time. The coverage of a library like Modernizr is also useful to get started immediately with using the features in your favorite browser.
I would have liked to see more coverage on Web Workers but I guess the standard is still being worked on. As the standards evolve, a newer edition would be needed but that is just the world of standards that we are living in.
Overall, I am very pleased with the book. And I would strongly recommend it to anyone, who wants to get started on HTML5.