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Beginning Mobile Application Development in the Cloud [Paperback]

Richard Rodger
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Book Description

Nov. 1 2011 1118034694 978-1118034699
Learn how to build apps for mobile devices on Cloud platforms

The marketplace for apps is ever expanding, increasing the potential to make money. With this guide, you'll learn how to build cross-platform applications for mobile devices that are supported by the power of Cloud-based services such as Amazon Web Services. An introduction to Cloud-based applications explains how to use HTML5 to create cross-platform mobile apps and then use Cloud services to enhance those apps. You'll learn how to build your first app with HTML5 and set it up in the Cloud, while also discovering how to use jQuery to your advantage.

  • Highlights the skills and knowledge you need to create successful apps for mobile devices with HTML5
  • Takes you through the steps for building web applications for the iPhone and Android
  • Details how to enhance your app through faster launching, touch vs. click, storage capabilities, and a cache
  • Looks at how best to use JSON, FourSquare, jQuery, AJAX, and more
  • Shares tips for creating hybrid apps that run natively

If you're interested in having your application be one of the 200,000+ apps featured in the iPhone store or the 50,000+ in the Android store, then you need this book.

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Learn to build mobile apps on the major cloud platforms

Serving as a practical guide for building mobile apps and cloud services, this book is essential reading for web developers eager to create cross-platform applications for mobile devices that are supported by the power of cloud-based services such as Amazon Web Services. Author Richard Rodger walks you through building your first app with HTML5, setting it up in the cloud, and working with cloud databases. Packed with examples that show you how to build complete apps, this book elevates your already-existing skills while also acting as a stepping stone for making the leap into mobile and cloud development.

Beginning Mobile Application Development in the Cloud:

  • Demonstrates how to get the right look and feel for your mobile apps

  • Highlights ways to enhance the user experience

  • Addresses app caching, touch events, and data storage

  • Details ways to create hybrid apps that run natively

  • Looks at how best to use JSON, REST, Oauth, jQuery, AJAX, and more

  • Shares insight as to how the Apple App Store and the Android Marketplace work

  • Offers advice for marketing, advertising, and selling your apps

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About the Author

Richard Rodger is the CTO of FeedHenry Ltd, a company specializing in bringing the first tools to develop cloud based applications for mobile devices. He is currently a member of the W3C Web Applications Working Group, which defines the standard for mobile widget applications.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for beginners Nov. 29 2013
By Homi
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Last year when I borrowed this book from library and read some chapters then I decided that this wasn't a very helpful book. I began to read another two or three books about mobile application and already have developed three mobile web application. when last month for second time I read this book then I thought this book was helpful. What I am trying to say is that if you have good knowledge about mobile application then this book will be helpful but if you are a beginner then I think that this is not a very good book to begin with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on creating mobile Web Apps from top to bottom Dec 17 2011
By Milena - Published on
This book walks you through creating Web Apps for mobile devices from top to bottom. The author uses the latest hot technologies for the example apps: functional JavaScript, HMTL5 and jQuery Mobile on the client, MongoDB and Node.js on the Server and Amazon's Web Services to run server side code and deliver static content.
The first chapters introduce the basics of good and mobile Javascript and HTML5 including Touch Events, Canvas and Maps API. Afterwards the author walks through setting up Amazon's Web Services to deliver these static JS and HTML files to the mobile devices. In the same manner Richard Rodger dives into server-side programming with Node.js and persistence with MongoDB.
Afterwards the book goes through building several apps of different scale using these technologies. With the examples advances topics e.g. caching, Apps Stores or Multimedia Data are covered.
Each chapter ends with a couple of exercises; the code examples and solutions can be downloaded.
The book makes a great read, the examples work very well and everything is explained in detail. You can follow the introductions step by step and get the code working on your mobile straight away.
I recommend the book to professionals who might not be able to use the latest technologies in production but want to follow the new trends and architectures by example all the way through. It is also a very good read for beginners that want to go into mobile web development and start with good quality code on both client and server right away.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Syntax inconsistencies and some exercises don't fully work. March 19 2013
By Bill M. - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm spending a lot of time sorting through the book's code examples. nginx is not installing correctly and ended up using MAMP to get the the exercise files working. There were good explanations provided for each exercise examples in the beginning. Then the code examples got longer and the explanations got shorter. Making it hard to follow. Spending much time than anticipated dealing with why some of the code is not entirely working. Not finished with the book, but will try to rate it again if I ever finish it within the time I have planned.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point for Mobile App in CLoud Sept. 7 2013
By Thik - Published on
Good starting point for Mobile Application development in Cloud. I have searched so many references and books for Mobile Application development in Cloud , finally i got this book. Really helpful for beginners to kick start.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, especially if you are new to mobile web July 6 2012
By Amir Hossein Rahnama - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I believe that this book is quiet good for newbies and also the topics are vast in range. I also remember that I was a bit confused working with AWS however this book walks you through a very step-by-step guide and everything turns good in your mind.
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