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Beginning Smartphone Web Development: Building Javascript, CSS, HTML and Ajax-Based Applications for iPhone, Android, Palm Pre, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 [Paperback]

Gail Frederick , Rajesh Lal

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Jan. 15 2010 143022620X 978-1430226208 1st Edition.

Today’s Web 2.0 applications (think Facebook and Twitter) go far beyond the confines of the desktop and are widely used on mobile devices. The mobile Web has become incredibly popular given the success of the iPhone and BlackBerry, the importance of Windows Mobile, and the emergence of Palm Pre (and its webOS platform). At Apress, we are fortunate to have Gail Frederick of the well-known training site Learn the Mobile Web offer her expert advice in Beginning Smartphone Web Development. In this book, Gail teaches the web standards and fundamentals specific to smartphones and other feature-driven mobile phones and devices.

  • Shows you how to build interactive mobile web sites using web technologies optimized for browsers in smartphones
  • Details markup fundamentals, design principles, content adaptation, usability, and interoperability
  • Explores cross-platform standards and best practices for the mobile Web authored by the W3C, dotMobi, and similar organizations
  • Dives deeps into the feature sets of the most popular mobile browsers, including WebKit, Chrome, Palm Pre webOS, Pocket IE, Opera Mobile, and Skyfire

By the end of this book, you’ll have the training, tools, and techniques for creating robust mobile web experiences on any of these platforms for your favorite smartphone or other mobile device.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Build interactive mobile web pages that comply with industry standards and best practices.
  • Develop web sites using the markup languages of the mobile Web: XHTML-MP, Wireless CSS, and WML.
  • Use Mobile JavaScript and Ajax for client-side web interactivity.
  • Adapt the syntax and design of mobile web pages to target smartphone models.
  • Enhance mobile web pages to target advanced features of smartphone browsers.
  • Validate and compress mobile markup to optimize for network transmission and browser performance.
  • Simulate smartphone browsers using emulators and development tools.

Who is this book for?

Mobile application developers and their managers need to learn mobile web technologies because it’s in their economic interest. Time-to-market and opportunity costs are significantly lower for web-based mobile applications than for native ones.

Desktop web developers at software companies and IT departments of non-technology businesses need to learn mobile web technologies to meet the demands of managers who will soon be asking them to “mobilize this web site.” These developers will want to do the minimum work possible to maximize the compatibility of their mobile web sites. The standards-based approach advocated in this book will allow them to build gracefully adaptive and portable mobile web experiences that perform well across mobile browser platforms.


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About the Author

Gail Rahn Frederick is an expert web developer and software architect in the mobile industry. Her products target 500+ device models and have been deployed at 10+ mobile operators in North America and Europe. She advocates standards-based mobile development techniques as a blogger and conference presenter.


Gail teaches standards-based mobile web development in Portland, OR. Her students learn mobile markup languages, mobile design and usability, content adaptation, best practices, advanced web development for smartphones and defensive programming for the mobile ecosystem.



Rajesh Lal is an author, designer, developer, and technology evangelist working at Nokia, Mountain View. Rajesh has been involved in Mobile UI/UX design for past five years and has hands-on experience with a variety of Mobile devices, namely Sony Mylo, Window’s Mobile, Apple’s iPhone, Nokia S60, and Maemo devices. He has authored multiple books on gadgets and widgets and enjoys taking an objective and pragmatic approach to design. His tutorial on how to design an effective user interface for small devices can be found at http://smallinterface.com.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Smartphone Web Development May 22 2010
By Frank Stepanski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mobile web development is very current nowadays and the books out there now is very slim in explaining all the technologies that are neccessary. This book is a godsend for web developers who really need a reference book on understanding what issues and concerns must be taken on trying to get your mobile web page viewable on the thousands of different web platforms there are.

Web browsers in mobile devices aim to comply with web and mobile industry standards. The author teaches you the standards, best practices and development techniques for building interactive mobile web pages for browsers in smartphones and other mobile devices.

The standards-based mobile web browser is the most promising cross-platform mobile technology. The author based this book on his courses he teaches based upon his many years of experiennce in deploying mobile web applications around the world.

The examples are easy to follow and help get you up and running in a short time.

Its a great book and should be in your computer book library.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for bird eye's view of mobile platform. March 8 2010
By Anand Chauhan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It is a very well written book. The book provides a very good overview and a overall birds eye view of most of the mobile platforms. This book is not in depth, but thats exactly what the title says 'Beginning'. If you want in depth you can view some of their other series. The book is like a movie trailer, if you want to see the whole movie, there are other book by the same publisher, and same series. Its great for people who don't want to get into the details, but would like to select their favorite mobile platform, by seeing what every platform has to offer. The language and style is excellent, and the information flows smoothly. The book does contain codes and examples to try. The book help a starter to navigate the complex waters of mobile platform development with great ease. Highly recommended for mobile platform starters.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and relevant information March 27 2010
By Ari Telias - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent source of information for the mobile web developer. It assumes you have prior knowledge of web development and takes you straight in to the mobile web. The information presented is extremely relevant. There is a section about useful add-ons for Firefox as a tool for web development. There are references about the MIME types used in mobile web. I specially liked the four case studies which examined four popular mobile web sites: Bank of America, CNN, Flickr and Wikipedia. The book also is supported by code examples in their website which is especially useful in web development.
It ends with a chapter interviewing a panel of experts about the future of mobile web which was very interesting and comprehensive.
Altogether, I highly recommend this book to experienced developers looking to create mobile web content. I plan to use the newly acquired knowledge to create the mobile web version of my protesting web site (BeMeProtest).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A really nice book but lacks details April 8 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Based on what the book showed and the title I expected that it would have had more details as to how to create the apps but details are quite limited. Book was not looking shiny and new but was ok for that price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's nice to have Jan. 23 2011
By Alvin Yue - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers a lot of information. Yes, it's not a programming book that shows you how a project is done. However, it is a book that tells you the odds and ends that you'd need to pay attention to as a mobile developer. Like another reviewer said this actually feels like lecture notes from a seminar. It expects that you have some ideas of what HTML, Javascript and CSS is. It would cover the strategy to support multiple handset families. Using javascript with Webkit browers, optimization for handset, mobile UI design... If you are a Web developer trying to find out what it takes to make the content compatible to mobile handsets, this is a nice book to have because it covers the issues that one would have to know to order to be successful with making the web content mobile friendly.
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