If you want to learn or master Web Development, perhaps you’ll enjoy the most comprehensive glossary the field may have to offer.
These are observations, however, and no judgement: It’s a quality of the field to wield so much power, to have so much depth, and still be so inviting. And inviting it really is, for there are many ways to enter Web Development. There are tons of introductions, tutorials, how-tos, and articles, fora and communities, courses and classes and videos and webinars and anything anyone with any learning preference could ever need.
If you don’t know me, I’m Jens, and I’m a web developer of 21 years experience who loves and hates (but mostly loves) the field. What I love are its power and all the possibilities it gives us, as well as the challenges of its never-ending depth and complexity. That’s why at the end of last year, I started working on The Web Development Glossary. I collected a few hundred terms. I reached 800 swiftly. Then 1,000. 1,600. 1,900. And now, for release, almost 2,000. Almost 2,000 explanations, some drawing from my own knowledge and research, a good part from the MDN Web Docs, and a great number from Wikipedia, which then required a great investment to check, normalize, and improve, leading to a slightly better MDN Web Docs Glossary, a slightly better Wikipedia, and a certainly better (and just as generously licensed) glossary.
It was a lot of work to prepare, it will invite more work to update and grow, but it’s finally available, so please enjoy: The Web Development Glossary.
|Format||Ebook (EPUB, MOBI, PDF)|
|Price||$4.99 (suggested: $9.99)|
|Preview||Selected chapters (PDF, 382 KB)|
|Length||255 pages (PDF)|
|License||CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International)|
|All vendors||Google Play Books|
Update (May 19, 2021): The information above is not up-to-date anymore. The book has been updated, the price has changed, and it’s also available at more vendors. Check meiert.com for the latest.
What is a BHO? Goanna? Hooking? How about a principal box? Or the Ten-Second Rule?
Covering about 2,000 terms ranging from A11Y to Zsh, and including explanations from Wikipedia and the MDN Web Docs, The Web Development Glossary is a comprehensive compendium rich in information for both novice and expert developers.
❧ I thank Wikipedia, the MDN Web Docs, and all their contributors for the great foundation they have laid that made it a lot more efficient to build the glossary. I then thank Gabriele Kretzschmar for review of the manuscript, and Ganesh Subramanian and Yaroslav Kiyenko for advice on book details. This has been a very special project for me, one which I now hope contributes to making the field, the field of Web Development, a tiny little more accessible.
Please have a look and check out the first edition of The Web Development Glossary.