SVG Unleashedby Andrew Watt, Andrew H. Watt
- Pearson Education
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I have NOT seen this book stocked at Barnes and Noble physical locations, yet it is the most meaningful technology book of this year. I hope that's a distribution failure of some sort, and doesn't truly reflect (as it appears) that those choosing which books are stocked in the computer section at Barnes and Nobles are complete and total idiots. While it represents the 6th major book on this subject, SVG Unleashed is the most comprehensive, multifaceted take yet on SVG, which in turn is the hottest technology to come around since XML in 1998. I would say that there is no better book on SVG from a programming/development perspective, and even for non-programmers this is one of the best surveys of the technology in terms of the great promise it offers. It is, of course, an "Unleashed" book, so it has the mixed blessings of multiple authors. This is on balance a great advantage in the case of SVG, as SVG truly represents the intersections of several disciplines, as well as a technology-agnostic form of markup that can interact with a wide range of languages and applications.
There are six good books on SVG out there right now, and which is best depends on your perspective. I find this one best for programmers or those interested in practical applications: it has the most real-world code from multiple programming environments of any of the SVG books. The only drawback of this book is the drawback of all "unleashed" books: it has the mixed blessings of a collaborative effort of many people. I would say in this case the number of authors is an advantage: SVG means very different things to different people, and here for the first time is a truly multi-dimensional presentation of the subject.