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Learn HTML5 by Creating Fun Games

By : Rodrigo Silveira
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Learn HTML5 by Creating Fun Games

By: Rodrigo Silveira

Overview of this book

HTML is fast, secure, responsive, interactive, and stunningly beautiful. It lets you target the largest number of devices and browsers with the least amount of effort. Working with the latest technologies is always fun and with a rapidly growing mobile market, it is a new and exciting place to be."Learn HTML5 by Creating Fun Games" takes you through the journey of learning HTML5 right from setting up the environment to creating fully-functional games. It will help you explore the basics while you work through the whole book with the completion of each game."Learn HTML5 by Creating Fun Games" takes a very friendly approach to teaching fun, silly games for the purpose of giving you a thorough grounding in HTML5. The book has only as much theory as it has to, often in tip boxes, with most of the information explaining how to create HTML5 canvas games. You will be assisted with lots of simple steps with screenshots building towards silly but addictive games.The book introduces you to HTML5 by helping you understand the setup and the underlying environment. As you start building your first game that is a typography game, you understand the significance of elements used in game development such as input types, web forms, and so on.We will see how to write a modern browser-compatible code while creating a basic Jelly Wobbling Game. Each game introduces you to an advanced topic such as vector graphics, native audio manipulation, and dragging-and-dropping. In the later section of the book, you will see yourself developing the famous snake game using requestAnimationFrame along with the canvas API, and enhancing it further with web messaging, web storage, and local storage. The last game of this book, a 2D Space shooter game, will then help you understand mobile design considerations.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

API usage

A general description and demonstration of each of the APIs used in the game are given in the following sections. For an explanation of how each piece of functionality was incorporated into the final game, look at the code section. For the complete source code for this game, check out the book's page from Packt Publishing's website.

Web messaging

Web messaging allows us to communicate with other HTML document instances, even if they're not in the same domain. For example, suppose our snake game, hosted at, is embedded into a social website through iframe (let's say this social website is hosted at When the player achieves a new high score, we want to post that data from the snake game directly into the host page (the page with iframe from which the game is loaded). With the web messaging API, this can be done natively, without the need for any server-side scripting whatsoever.

Before web messaging, documents were...