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Finally, a book as awesome as Bootstrap itself.  From the best-selling author of The Joy of PHP and The Joy of jQuery.
Finally, a book as awesome as Bootstrap itself. From the best-selling author of The Joy of PHP and The Joy of jQuery.
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Build awesome and responsive apps the easy way.

Do you want to build browser applications that make people say "wow!" when they see it?  Of course you do!  I do too.  How about apps that look great on a mobile device and size automatically for different screens?  Yep, I want that too.

Designed for everyone, everywhere.

Bootstrap is a framework that makes front-end web development faster and easier. A couple of guys at Twitter invented it and later made it open source.  Other people have joined in and it is now in it's third major release.   Bootstrap is good for people of all skill levels, devices of all shapes, and projects of all sizes.  But there aren't really many good books out there to help you learn if you're new to it...at all.   Amazon has just 12 books on the topic of bootstrap, as contrasted with 585 books about PHP.

The Joy of Bootstrap is a book that is sorely needed!

"The Joy of Bootstrap"

I write books that are easy to read and easily digestible. I group the chapters into easy, logical concepts that work together but still stand on their own. I write in a fun, conversational style that makes technical topics approachable for beginners.  When it makes sense I build on early concepts to take you into progressively more advanced (cool) topics and exercises.

My books don't cover every function and nuance-- those books are too much like bricks for my taste-- instead my books are relatively thin with the goal to launch you into a subject as quickly as possible and empower you with the basics right away.   The book will have tons of source code which you can tweak and play with.  The book will walk you through all the code and explain how it works.

We'll also continue to use the successful metaphor of "Sam's Used Cars", a fictional web site that gives you a context in which to learn along.   We'll take a plain and boring HTML website and bring it to life with Bootstrap.

Will you come along?

Risks and challenges

I am absolutely committed to finishing this project! I have two books complete so far and I know what it takes to get a book finished-- it's a tremendous amount of work. I also know how awesome it is to release a book and that's a high I want to experience again. :)

Most book projects on Kickstarter suffer from the occasional delay and I'd be overly optimistic to say this one will be the first to be exempt. You never really know what you're going to get into before it gets going.

I love getting feedback from backers and when I do, I'm willing to change course, rewrite whole sections, and delve into topics that I hadn't planned on covering. That introduces delays, but also makes for a better book. All I can say about that is that I'll communicate regularly and honestly, and share my progress as I go along.

I also have a full time job and children and sometimes they have to trump my best-laid plans, but I took that into account as much as possible.

This book will get done, and it will be my best book yet.

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    Architect Level. All of the above, plus I will personally help you code something cool using PHP, jQuery, mySQL, Bootstrap, or any combination of these technologies. You'll get up to 40 hours of custom development work to help get your project out the door and into the world. Here's the best part -- you don't have to wait for the book to be done to get started.

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