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Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 Studio Techniques: Designing and Developing for Mobile with jQuery, HTML5, and CSS3 [Paperback]

David Powers
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June 15 2011 032177325X 978-0321773258 1
It’s widely predicted that mobile phones and tablets will overtake desktop PCs as the most common Web access devices within the next two or three years. Adobe is responding to this dramatic shift by focusing on new tools to develop websites for multiple platforms with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in Dreamweaver CS5.5. In particular, Dreamweaver engineers have been working closely with the developers of jQuery, the de-facto standard JavaScript framework, to develop jQuery Mobile. This is a new JavaScript/CSS framework designed to create websites and applications that work consistently in all major mobile platforms, including iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Symbian (Nokia). This book explores in depth the integration of jQuery Mobile in Dreamweaver, together with other new features aimed at building websites that work across multiple devices.
Using a series of practical examples, the book will show how to optimize an existing website for display in desktops, tablets, and mobile phones, using CSS media queries. Readers will also learn how to create a dedicated mobile site using jQuery Mobile. Although Dreamweaver will generate much of the necessary code automatically, the book will explain the structure of jQuery Mobile websites and web applications, so that developers can go beyond the basics to add custom functionality and design features. The book will also utilize the core jQuery framework, demonstrating how the new jQuery code hinting in Dreamweaver CS5.5 speeds up the development process for experienced developers and acts as a learning aid for those new to jQuery. Readers will learn how to convert a jQuery Mobile web application into a native app (that can be loaded on an iPhone or Android device) using PhoneGap, another open source framework.

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About the Author

David Powers is the author of ten highly regarded books about web development, concentrating mainly on Dreamweaver, PHP, and CSS, including HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery with Dreamweaver CS5.5: Learn by Video (Adobe Press, 2011). He has also contributed to four other books on web design. David enjoys a strong relationship with senior members of the Dreamweaver engineering and product management team. He’s an Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Certified Instructor for Dreamweaver, and a PHP 5.3 Zend Certified Engineer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good May 28 2013
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Really good book. If you're looking for a book on mobile devices and to take advantage of the features regarding this in Dreamweaver CS5.5 or CS6 (and surely CC later), this is the only book that you need.

It goes deep on jQuery Mobile and provides a lot of useful tables as reference.

I've read (and reviewed) other books on the subject, but they don't come close to this one.

I just hope he's going to release a new version, because CC's interface is a lot different and it has added (since CS6) fluid grid layout and so on that could be useful as well...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver does the heavy lifting Nov. 11 2011
By Teresa Anderson - Published on
Designing and Developing for Mobile with jQuery, HTML5 and CSS3 Studio Techniques by David Powers is a book that explanes how to create websites to be compatible among older and newer browsers, phones and tablet devises.

This book is broken into three sections. The first section explains HTML5 and CSS3. Section two goes into compatibility issues between browsers, supported elements and goes into work-arounds to make the site work in all. The third section goes into jQuery Mobile (a JavaScript/CSS framework) for converting websites into native mobile applications.

This book is aimed at using Dreamweaver to do the heavy lifting to create these assets so that the user doesn't need to know the technical coding. This is a well explained book with great examples.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good info, feels a bit disorganized Dec 17 2011
By Brian - Published on
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I am about 2/3 of the way through the book and overall it is very satisfying. There is also lots of good secondary info. I would have given it 5 stars, but it feels like there could have been better QC done.

Several times it seemed I was not segued real well between topics. In the downloaded files, there were multiple cases when required files weren't carried forward or the example files weren't checked thoroughly. So, they don't run as expected or at all. To be fair, some of the latter could be because of changes in JQuery since publication.

The above aside, it's a good book and worth the money spent.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good if you have an old Dreamweaver program. Feb. 1 2014
By OAH - Published on
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I bought DW thinking I would use it to redo my website. I ended up just coding it with an HTML editor. Having spent the money, I figured I would try and learn this program so when ahead and bought this book. I am still trying to find time to get to work on this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive book Feb. 26 2013
By Andrew Kear - Published on
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Dreamweaver 5.5. 6 already has the tools at its deposal to make a decent phone application. Of course, the technology is based on Iquery and to some extent CSS. I would have to say this book is at the beginner and immediate level. There is quite a bit of coding needed here.

When you on click-on new in Dreamweaver three choices of mobile phone design are given. These include I Query Mobile (CDN), I Query mobile (local) and JQUERY Mobile (Phone Gap). You basically follow the templates here and create a simple mobile phone interface.

I have just reviewed the easiest part of the book. Creating a Native app with Phone Gap is far more intensive. On top of that you will need to install Android SDK, which can be confusing for a beginner.

It seems Dreamweaver has finally woken up to the realization that much html and css are going to be finding their way onto mobile devices. To my knowledge Dreamweaver is the only web editor that has this capability
However, I would have liked a CD-ROM to go along with the book. It would be nice to play around with the books samples and try to create your own mobile app. I find messing around with code can get the creative juices flowing

This is an excellent book since no other publications that covers both Dreamweaver and phone app design to my knowledge. Until another such book arrives this is the laymans standard for mobile web content.

Andrew Kear
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3.0 out of 5 stars Packed with useful information Sept. 17 2011
By Joe I - Published on
I have been reading David Powers books for years and he is one author that I trust with communicating knowledge in a plain down-to-earth approach.

David is always ahead of the curve when you want to learn new technologies. This book is one of the first books that is being published regarding Adobe CS5.5. While at first glance you may think that the size of the book is limited to the amount of information that can be covered. However, many books are more "fluff than stuff." Not so with this book, every page is packed with useful information that can propel you ahead of your competition on new and emerging technologies (i.e., jQuery Mobile, HTML5, CSS3, PhoneGap, etc.).

The book is divided into three sections. The first section gives a summary of HTML5 and CSS3 with techniques on how to make them compatible with their older counter-parts (XHTML and CSS2).

The second section highlights the different between graceful degradation and progressive enhancement. While many designers and developers use these terms interchangeable, there is a subtle difference between the two. Graceful degradation is based on the premise that if a feature is not supported by a particular browser, a fallback solution will prevent the design from failing completely. With Progressive Enhancement; however, a website is designed to work on all current browsers from the outset and additional "enhancements" are "progressively" added based on browser capabilities or when a user upgrade to a newer browser. New enhancements to media queries are also discussed. Media queries allow designers to style a page based on the type of media a viewer in currently using, typically, a computer, a tablet or a smartphone. A brief discussion of how to make a web site available offline is also included in this section.

The third section, which is my favorite, expound on how to using jQuery Mobile (a JavaScript/CSS framework) to create an application for mobile devices and how to use PhoneGap to convert it to a native mobile application for Android or Apple devices. Users are now able to create simple apps with Dreamweaver without having to know how to code in applications like Flash, Flash Builder, Java, etc.
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