Programming the Mobile Web
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: July 2010
Pages: 512

Today's market for mobile apps goes beyond the iPhone to include BlackBerry, Nokia, Windows Phone, and smartphones powered by Android, webOS, and other platforms. If you're an experienced web developer, this book shows you how to build a standard app core that you can extend to work with specific devices. You'll learn the particulars and pitfalls of building mobile apps with HTML, CSS, and other standard web tools.

You'll also explore platform variations, finicky mobile browsers, Ajax design patterns for mobile, and much more. Before you know it, you'll be able to create mashups using Web 2.0 APIs in apps for the App Store, App World, OVI Store, Android Market, and other online retailers.

  • Learn how to use your existing web skills to move into mobile development
  • Discover key differences in mobile app design and navigation, including touch devices
  • Use HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Ajax to create effective user interfaces in the mobile environment
  • Learn about technologies such as HTML5, XHTML MP, and WebKit extensions
  • Understand variations of platforms such as Symbian, BlackBerry, webOS, Bada, Android, and iOS for iPhone and iPad
  • Bypass the browser to create offline apps and widgets using web technologies
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    Good content but not very useful today.

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    Great jog!

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      I really recommend this book. The autor did a great job. He's really clear to understand (I don't know much ENG). I love this book...

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      5.0

      By far the best bok on Mobiles

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Programming the Mobile Web:

        I have read nearly all books about programming Web Apps. Programming the Mobile Web is by far the best one and covers all topics you need. The author also delivres lots of useful links.

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          A fantastic introduction for the seasoned web developer looking (needing) to branch out into the Mobile space. Even if you're not planning to do mobile, the techniques present will help make your website better.I have written more comments which you can read here: [@]But I whole-heartedly suggest you purchase this book.

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          Good background, great reference book

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Programming the Mobile Web:

            I bought this as an ebook and will likely be purchasing the paper version. This is a great reference for the experienced (XHTML/CSS/JS) web programmer who is looking to apply their skills in the mobile realm.

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            Fantastic resource

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media Programming the Mobile Web:

              I am relatively unfamiliar with developing mobile websites, hence why I purchased this book. It offers a VERY thorough overview of the the challenges facing a mobile web developer. After the overview, the author provides many examples. Each chapter is filled with informative charts clearly showing the differences between mobile platforms. There is a slight emphasis on the iPhone, but other platforms- even platforms I hadn't heard of- are covered.
              The author is right- creating a mobile website is more than simple HTML on a small screen.
              I highly recommend this book.

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              5.0

              Best mobile web reference I've seen

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                The purpose of this book is to identify best practices when creating web applications that will be consumed by mobile web browsers. It not only does an excellent job outlining those best practices, but it's incredibly up to date in its content. Not only is there information related to "retina display" available in iPhone 4, but there is also a brief discussion about how Palm has been purchased by HP (both events occurred only a few months ago).

                The book begins by providing the most comprehensive discussion of mobile browsers that I've ever seen. The author furthers this discussion throughout the book by providing some of the most detailed information on the compatibility between these various mobile browsers and the standards that each one supports. The book warrants a purchase simply for this information alone.

                The author continues by providing examples of supported doctypes, coding markup, and CSS. The author demonstrates CSS differences between the major mobile browsers, and demonstrates some libraries to make web applications look more like native applications.

                There is a lot of attention given to Safari, and rightly so, since it is one of the most popular mobile browsers available. However, the reader should be prepared for this fact.

                All in all, I found this to be a terrific reference to the state of mobile browsers and a great reference to assist in maximizing compatibility among mobile browsers. I'd highly recommend this for any developer who is creating mobile web applications. By following the guidelines outlined in this book, your applications will be able to effectively reach the largest mobile population possible.

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