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Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous

Sep 21, 2016 • posted by Michael Hartl

After launching a more advanced Action Cable tutorial a couple of weeks ago, Learn Enough is getting back to basics with one of the most important technologies on the Web: HTML.

Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous by Michael Hartl & Lee Donahoe covers the basics of HyperText Markup Language, the language of the World Wide Web. As of today, the full tutorial is online for free, and available for purchase in EPUB/MOBI/PDF formats.

At around 130 pages, it’s the perfect length for getting started with HTML without having to slog through 500 pages just to learn the basics.

Although there are lots of HTML tutorials out there, Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous puts things together in a way you haven’t seen before:

  • You deploy a live website in the first section.
  • You learn HTML tags in context, using real-world examples.
  • You take the first steps toward Cascading Style Sheets using inline styles.
  • You build a reference table of HTML tags, using the HTML table tag. It’s totally meta.

Learn Enough HTML to Be Dangerous also has 200% more kittens than the average HTML tutorial.

An adorable kitten

This new title is the first in a new trilogy of Web Basics, which is both the perfect sequel to the Developer Fundamentals trilogy and a great supplement to the Ruby on Rails Tutorial.

HTML is the fundamental language of the Web, and every developer, designer, and even manager should know the basics. If tech is the new literacy, HTML is the alphabet.

You don’t have to know everything about HTML, of course—just enough to be dangerous.

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Michael Hartl

I’m Michael Hartl—author, educator, and entrepreneur. I’m probably best known as the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, a book and screencast series that together constitute one of the leading introductions to web development. Once called his “favorite book” by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the Ruby on Rails Tutorial currently has over 150 5-star reviews at Amazon. I’m also (in)famous for creating Tau Day and The Tau Manifesto, which have inspired an international movement dedicated to the proposition that “pi is wrong.” (For example, as a result of The Tau Manifesto, MIT releases their admissions decisions each year at “Tau Time” (6:28 p.m.), and typing tau/2 at Google yields 3.14159…) Finally, I’m a founder of Softcover, a publishing system and sales platform for technical authors, which among other things powers both The Tau Manifesto and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial.

I’m a graduate of Harvard College and have a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, where I studied black hole dynamics and was an award-winning instructor in theoretical and computational physics. I’m also an alumnus of Y Combinator, the entrepreneur program that has produced companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb. (Alas, my own Y Combinator startup was neither Dropbox nor Airbnb.)