Mobile Design and Development
Practical concepts and techniques for creating mobile sites and web apps
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2009
Pages: 336

Mobile devices outnumber desktop and laptop computers three to one worldwide, yet little information is available for designing and developing mobile applications. Mobile Design and Development fills that void with practical guidelines, standards, techniques, and best practices for building mobile products from start to finish. With this book, you'll learn basic design and development principles for all mobile devices and platforms. You'll also explore the more advanced capabilities of the mobile web, including markup, advanced styling techniques, and mobile Ajax.

If you're a web designer, web developer, information architect, product manager, usability professional, content publisher, or an entrepreneur new to the mobile web, Mobile Design and Development provides you with the knowledge you need to work with this rapidly developing technology. Mobile Design and Development will help you:

  • Understand how the mobile ecosystem works, how it differs from other mediums, and how to design products for the mobile context
  • Learn the pros and cons of building native applications sold through operators or app stores versus mobile websites or web apps
  • Work with flows, prototypes, usability practices, and screen-size-independent visual designs
  • Use and test cross-platform mobile web standards for older devices, as well as devices that may be available in the future
  • Learn how to justify a mobile product by building it on a budget

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    2.0

    Out of date, opinions, inconsistencies

    By Educator

    from Denver, CO

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Mobile Design and Development:

          I use this product to teach a survey class on application programming. I thought it would be really great because it is an O'Reilly book and it may have been when it came out but I was disappointed. I like it because it covers what it says but it is so old, 2009, it needs to be updated.

          Even though it is needs to be updated I was taken aback by the writing of so much opinion in a technical book. Beginner students want facts, they don't care that you don't want to work with graphical designers because of one bad experience.

          The book doesn't site some of it's sources either like on page 15. I'm trying to teach them to use authoritative sources and it would be nice if the book could set a good example.

          The inconsistencies make me wonder how good an editing job was done. There are numerous inconsistencies and it confuses the students. The latest one I found is saying SMS length is 140 character when it is 140 octets on page 6 and on page 70-71 it states 160 characters. It doesn't mention the 7 bit character set.

          If you update this book please do a better job of editing and use opinions judiciously.

           
          4.0

          Great Book!

          By Kimba

          from Las Vegas

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Mobile Design and Development:

          This book would be a five star but it needs to be updated. A lot has happen in the mobile world since this book was released.

          With that said this book gives a solid foundation to grow your knowledge from.

          Happy Reading!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good Overview of Mobile Development

          By Michael

          from Olathe, KS

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Mobile Design and Development:

          "Mobile Design and Development" describes the state of mobile software development today. The author discusses a wide range of topics in great detail and gives a lot of good information and statistics about the current marketplace. The book discusses the pros and cons of different mobile app design structures in great detail and gives a lot of history of how we got to where we are today. The book is not highly technical as it focuses more on high level concepts than on low level system design, but there are definitely parts of the book that require advanced web development knowledge.

          Overall, the book is fairly good. It has lots of good information and gives clear descriptions of a wide range of topics. The book is very wordy and has very few specific examples, and it seems to spend too much time on the history of mobile instead of focusing more on the future. That said, the book will definitely give you a ton of information about how mobile applications can be developed today. Since I have several years of experience working in the mobile phone industry, there was not much in the book that I was not already aware of, but for someone wanting to jump into the rapidly growing mobile space, this would be an excellent resource.

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          3.0

          Good mobile industry intro

          By Marvin

          from Malaysia

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Mobile Design and Development:

          If you are not working in the mobile or telecommunications industry, the first few chapters would be beneficial even for mobile developers who are just starting out, to learn a bit about mobile history and to learn from it.

          The author, Brian Fling, an established leader in the mobile development community, with over a decade of experience, shares his opinion and recommends techniques on how to develop a better mobile application or a mobile web application for your users.

          There are now many variables in developing a mobile application, with factors such as the variations in mobile devices, manufacturers, browsers, screen size, as compared to just building a website or web application.

          This book does not go deep technically, but it goes wide into introducing technologies and tools that you can use for your mobile project.

          The most beneficial thing that you can gain from this book is the tips and pitfalls of mobile development. Gathering questions you should ask yourself before starting out with your next mobile project, you would most likely get a higher success rate than just diving right in with your idea.

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Design books need great images

          By Benrobin

          from NYC

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Mobile Design and Development:

            I enjoyed the author's perspective, but I thought the examples/screen shots should be in color and larger... Mobile is small enough screen size wise, but the images/examples featured in the book are very small. I know color adds $$ but perhaps you could include color pages in the middle?

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Get this book, great for sft

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media Mobile Design and Development:

              Get this book,great for software developers that
              want to learn how to write software for the mobile
              mobi,market. I got a good ideas that I did not
              now about other platfroms to write for.
              could have more link to test or see about the
              mobile market place

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              4.0

              Excellent introduction to mobile dev ...

              By humedini

              from West Sussex, UK

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                Comments about O'Reilly Media Mobile Design and Development:

                'Mobile Design and Development' is a book that describes itself as being full of "practical techniques for creating mobile sites and web apps". This is indeed the case as this excellent book covers all the basics that you will need to know in order to produce excellent websites and apps for mobile devices. It is important to mention that this book is not solely focused on the iPhone (unlike many other books of this ilk), but instead covers all of the main smartphone technologies available today.The book covers topics from understanding the mobile eco-system, the differences between mobile and traditional design, putting mobile work into context, pros and cons of native application development versus mobile web apps, usability, testing and justifying the choice to work for mobile. All in all this book provides an excellent introduction to designing for mobile - something which is becoming increasingly more important in the current climate. With the convergence of various technologies it seems as though many of us are now carrying around small multimedia computers in our pockets, not just phones. These permanently connected devices provide so many opportunities for the budding mobile designer and content provider, and understand what makes these platforms different in vital to the success of any project.The book is divided in half, with the first section serving as an introduction to mobile technologies and giving details on two basic principles; the need to know the different facets of the mobile medium, and the need to know how to leverage mobile technologies to address context. The second half of the book is all about how to leverage the right mobile technology for your particular need. This is key as although there are many, many ways to achieve a particular goal (when working in mobile), the most important factor for many projects will be choosing the right approach. In order to do this it is important to understand all the pros and cons prior to beginning development - as changing tact midway through a project can be costly in terms of development time and budgets!Those looking for a technical manual telling them exactly how to master a particular mobile approach should stay away, this book is so much more than that. Mastering the technologies is merely a simple google search away, this book is about learning the underlying principles and making solid decisions throughout the development of a project. The book can be read and understood by Project Managers and Developers alike, and I fully intend to recommend clients read certain chapters of this book as well. Refreshingly honest and cleverly written, the book is not afraid to point out weaknesses within the technology and provides sound advice for those looking to make their first steps into the world of mobile design and development.Although not an instructional technical manual as such, there are excellent examples of best practice code within the pages, and these are surrounded by explanatory text detailing the reasons for the approach, as well as any situations where it would not be used. Illustrations and diagrams are used throughout, helping to explain points in more detail, and these are of a high quality as well.In summary, Mobile Design and Development is an excellent read for those looking to develop their knowledge of the mobile space. I thoroughly recommend it for Project / Account Managers looking to understand the approaches required for developing for mobile, and for developers looking to check any mobile specific knowledge required for making decisions regarding the correct techniques for a specific project.

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