jQuery Mobile: Up and Running
Using HTML5 to Design Web Apps for Tablets and Smartphones
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: February 2012
Pages: 272

Would you like to build one mobile web application that works on iPad and Kindle Fire as well as iPhone and Android smartphones? This introductory guide to jQuery Mobile shows you how. Through a series of hands-on exercises, you’ll learn the best ways to use this framework’s many interface components to build customizable, multiplatform apps. You don’t need any programming skills or previous experience with jQuery to get started.

By the time you finish this book, you’ll know how to create responsive, Ajax-based interfaces that work on a variety of smartphones and tablets, using jQuery Mobile and semantic HTML5 code.

  • Understand how jQuery Mobile works with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
  • Work with UI components to format content and create forms, lists, navbars, and buttons
  • Create dynamic content with JavaScript, Ajax, and the jQuery core framework
  • Customize your entire user interface with themes and CSS3
  • Enable users to install your app from the browser and work with it offline
  • Distribute through app stores by packaging your creation as a native app
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88%

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Pros

  • Helpful examples (6)
  • Easy to understand (5)
  • Accurate (3)
  • Concise (3)
  • Well-written (3)

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    • Novice (4)
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    5.0

    Solid introduction - and then some

    By Larry

    from Somerville

    About Me Developer

    Pros

    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate
      • Novice

      Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Mobile: Up and Running:

      I've read 3 other books on jQuery Mobile lately and I believe this one is the best (although the others are good as well). I think it's the combination of clear - and in-depth - explanations along with good pictures and code examples that sets this one apart from the rest.
      The discussions on how the framework itself works, along with the particulars on the individual elements such as lists and form components are very good. He even covers things like themes, plugins and converting your web app into a native one.
      If you're a developer you have to be aware of what's going on in the mobile world, and jQuery Mobile is easily a big and important part of that new world.

       
      4.0

      Excellent book on JQuery Mobile

      By mvsagar

      from Bangalore, India

      About Me Designer, Developer, Maker

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

      • Not comprehensive enough

      Best Uses

      • Expert
      • Intermediate
      • Student

      Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Mobile: Up and Running:

      This is one of the best written books I ever read. The style of writing is so good that it is easy to understand concepts presented in the book and try it yourself. The author explains the concepts behind each feature he introduces unlike some other authors who leave some stuff without an explanation and reader has to scratch his head to figure out what it means. He seems to cover many angles of each feature and this is important for developers. Overall, I find the writing of the author very smooth. In fact I bought another book recently on HTML5 and had to stop reading it as too many things were not explained.

      Of course I found one inconsistency between code and a related figure but that is very minor. Proof reading has to be improved!

       
      4.0

      Great introduction to jQuery Mobile

      By Theo

      from Netherlands

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      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

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        • Intermediate
        • Novice

        Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Mobile: Up and Running:

        I read several books about jQuery Mobile and "jQuery Mobile: Up and Running" is definitely my favorite. I really recommend everyone who wants to learn jQuery Mobile to read this book.
        In my opinion you can read this book and learn jQuery Mobile without any knowledgde of the jQuery core framework. Basic knowlegde about HTML and CSS is necessary however.
        With the help of this book I wrote tutorials about how to design a mobile website with the jQuery Mobile framework. You can find those tutorials on http://www.webdesignforbeginners.info

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good book :)

        By Fale

        from Milan, Italy

        About Me Developer

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Helpful examples
        • Not explaining jQuery

        Cons

        • Not explaining jQuery

        Best Uses

        • Expert
        • Intermediate

        Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Mobile: Up and Running:

        jQuery Mobile is a library that allows you to develop mobile apps using jQuery. Is even possible to use a jQuery Mobile program as a native app, thanks to programs like PhoneGap.

        This book assumes that you already know jQuery and I think that this is good since the author can focus only on the main topic in this way. I think you should know or study jQuery before even starting this book. I do know that's possible to understand jQuery code even if you don't know anything of JavaScript if you have rock solid programming knowledge, but I discourage it.

        I really liked this book since it says what to do and what not to do for each of the ten sections. Also it has hundreds of images that will help you through the learning process.

        I would suggest this book to everyone who is interested into developing a cross-platform app or a mobile website.

         
        4.0

        Finally a book on jQuery mobile

        By sandyboy55

        from St Louis, MO

        About Me Developer

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples

        Cons

        • Need another book
        • Not comprehensive enough

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate
        • Novice
        • Student

        Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Mobile: Up and Running:

        jQuery Mobile has taken the world of mobile development by storm. With an incredible fully enhanced A-grade AJAX support for all the major platforms and desktop browsers, it has become a viable choice to start coding mobile applications quickly compared to the step learning curve for native development. Not only that, you can also deploy your jQuery mobile webapp natively to many mobile devices using the phenomenal PhoneGap. This book will teach you how.

        One of the drawbacks of this book is that it assumes you know jQuery, which is fine for the most part. Event handling and Theme rolling are explained very nicely. You would need another jQuery book to supplement this jQuery Mobile book.

        You don't need this book if you are not doing any mobile development but, if you are, then this is one of the books you must have on your bookshelf (or a mobile device like Kindle or iPad).

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Early Release is Just That

        By 1StepAheadMobile

        from Coral Springs, FL

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Mobile: Up and Running:

        Is it 5 Star, I don't know. My rating is to bring some balance. If you buy an Early Release, don't trash it because it's an Early Release. Or complain the date slipped to December when jQuery Mobile was not released until Nov. 16th.

        The real litmus test: Did the book help? Did it save time?

        I played with jQuery Mobile without reading "jQuery Mobile" (The June 2011 release, not "Up and Running").

        The book quickly resolved the issues I was having in short order. Additionally got me up to speed on some other features I was not aware existed.

        jQuery Mobile needs to be tweaked by the Web Designer. For Example I think the name of this class is too long and needs to be shortened: class="ui-li ui-li-divider ui-btn ui-bar-a ui-corner-top ui-btn-down-undefined ui-btn-up-undefined". Now if I were to make tweaks without the book, it would take considerably longer, eating up time much more valuable than the price of the book.

        The book version I read was penned by Jon Reid. "Up and Running" is by Maximiliano Firtman. As a previous reviewer mentioned there were references to an other book I have to assume this is his "Programming the Mobile Web". Which in my opinion is THE BEST book on the Mobile Web. Even thought the book was published a year before this one, it still is very a very worthwhile and valid read.

        I you are doing Mobile Website Design, you need to look into jQuery Mobile. If you are a Web Designer and not doing Mobile sites, you need to re-assess your career. If you are going to look at jQuery Mobile, it would be in your own best interest to read the book.

        If you are a Web Designer, there is only one question. Do you read the June, Jon Reid version, or wait for the final release of Up and Running by Maximiliano.

        My recommendation, get a Safari Online Books subscription, read them both, and Programming the Mobile Web. You can easily get enough out of just a trial subscription. 10 books a month for $28 is not a bad deal. But 5 books a month for $9.99 is hard to beat. Yes there is a $9.99 subscription, you just have to dig to find it.

        With a subscription you will get Maximiliano's "Mobile HTML 5" due out the end of January. No I do not know Maximiliano or have any kind of relationship to book selling or authors, I just read a lot. Maximiliano is the best I have read regarding Mobile Web Design. And I am not an Web Designers. I do wish Web Designers would read more, especially on the subject of "Simple and Usable" rather then "Slick and Dysfunctional" which in my humble opinion is what most Web Designers spew. And while your at it read about Web Performance. A Web Page Load Time greater then 2 seconds is unacceptable. You would know that if you read more about your own profession.

        (4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        It could be improved

        By ToivoE

        from Tallinn

        About Me Coding for fun on my own

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Interesting topic

        Cons

        • Light content

        Best Uses

        • Bedside book

        Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Mobile: Up and Running:

        Avoid early releases. The product page should show at least the progress indicator. For the current book: 5\10 chapters are ready. It could be better as a finished book.

        The first chapters is really a disappointment. Displaying pictures of phones (what???). "There are dozens of smartphone devices on the market, including ..."

        TOC and planned content of the book is nice. It could be used for teaching children @school.

        (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Early Release version lacks guts

        By Dan

        from Northern Virginia

        About Me Designer, Developer

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        Pros

        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples

        Cons

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          • Intermediate
          • Novice

          Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Mobile: Up and Running:

          After pre-buying this book, and waiting and waiting while the publication date slipped from July to October, I finally paid for and downloaded the Early Release version, only to find that the real guts of the book are not there yet.

          Now the publication date is December. When are we going to get some more useful content in the Early Release version?

          (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          What a disappointment

          By Always Learning

          from Australia

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                Comments about O'Reilly Media jQuery Mobile: Up and Running:

                I do not appreciate when I buy a product only to have it tell me that I need to buy another product. The numerous references to the authors other book is at the very least annoying and bordering on offensive. The relevant content of the other book should be included.

                My concept of "early release" obviously differs to what has been offered, as half of the chapters have no content while some of the sections are what you would see in a public blog.

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