Revisiting (and Releasing) Adaptive Web Design

As you probably know, back in 2011 Easy Readers published my first solo book: Adaptive Web Design. It was an immediate hit and the response to continues to be tremendous even though it will turn four this coming May (which has to be like 80 in technology book years… many are outdated before they are even released).

I think one of the main reasons the book has remained relevant for so long is because at its core, Adaptive Web Design is a philosophy book. Sure, there are some code examples here and there, but they only serve to demonstrate how you can apply progressive enhancement in your work. The philosophy of progressive enhancement works and only continues to demonstrate its brilliance with each new Web-enabled screen that debuts in the ever-expanding global marketplace. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and declare that progressive enhancement is probably even more relevant today than it was when I wrote Adaptive Web Design in 2010.

As such, I’ve been thinking a lot about an update. So much has happened since mid-2010 when I was writing the book. Heck, I didn’t even address Responsive Web Design and only touched a little on mobile. Then there are things like single-page apps & isomorphic JavaScript I’d love to discuss. Open Graph &… new tweaks to the ARIA specpicture, srcset & sizes… the shadow DOMweb components… the list goes on and on. Progressive enhancement can help you better understand the pros and cons of all of these new advances and help you employ them while simultaneously keeping your projects on time and on budget.

My hope is that the second edition of Adaptive Web Design will be out an in your hands by the end of 2015. But in the meantime, taking a page from Jeremy, I felt it was time to give away the first edition. You can now read Adaptive Web Design, in it’s entirety, from the comfort of your own browser… for free.

The HTML version of Adaptive Web Design is a nearly direct port of the XHTML I wrote for the hand-coded ePub. I made a few tweaks to make it a little more readable in the browser, but it’s all there including the videos. And yes, it makes use of progressive enhancement.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it and I look forward to getting you the revised and expanded second edition in the not to distant future.

PS - Easy Readers closed up shop at the end of 2014 and delivered the remaining paperback copies—of which there are only 50 or so—to me. If you missed out on getting a copy and would like to purchase one, drop me a line and I can sell you one. I’ll even sign it for you!