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Everything Mobile Oct. 17 2011
By Steve Souders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the most comprehensive mobile web development book I've read. The title threw me off at first - I don't do Joomla or Drupal, and only a little bit of Wordpress. But I heard James Pearce speak at several mobile development conferences and was impressed, so I decided to read the book.

The book is laid out perfectly. The chapters that deal with Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal are in the second half and are fairly well isolated. The first half of the book (chapters 1-10) cover all aspects of mobile web development. I was struck by the balance of detail. James covers some areas that other books don't even touch on, but does it in a way that makes you feel like you're sailing through the book instead of getting bogged down.

Here are some examples of the deeper areas that I was glad to see covered that often are skipped in other books: TRANSCODERS: James defines what transcoders are, but he also covers the major transcoder vendors, how they impact the website, and how to avoid them. UAPROF: This is an industry standard way for devices to communicate their capabilities to a server using these publicly available user-agent profiles. MOBILE NETWORKS: The depth of James' knowledge is shown in the histories he provides around mobile devices, networks, browsers, and more. In talking about mobile networks, for example, he walks through the evolution of GSM, CDMA, 3G (UMTS, W-CDMA, CDMA2000), HSDPA, EV-DO, WiMAX, and LTE, describes their providers and typical bandwidths.

In addition to these deep dives, the book has a lot of breadth. It covers jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch, and other major frameworks. James also covers more conceptual topics such as responsive web design and mobile first.

After the Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal chapters are three more chapters that offer great advice for general mobile web development. The best for me was the coverage of development and testing tools. James covers user-agent switching as well as all the major emulators (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Palm, Opera, and Windows). He also talks about several device testing services including DeviceAnywhere (acquired by Keynote Systems last week) and Perfecto Mobile.

This book covers everything: mobile networks, devices, frameworks, design, tools, testing, metrics, and more. A better title would be The Comprehensive Book for Mobile Web Development. If you're just starting out or have even been doing mobile web development for a few years, I highly recommend this book as a guide to the world of the mobile web.
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First Wave May 5 2011
By a man of wealth and taste - Published on Amazon.com
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Designing and developing for the mobile platform is new to me, so I don't have much to compare this book to, but, on the whole, I'd say this is a good place to start if you use Wordpress, Drupal, or Joomla. The first half deals in general terms with developing and designing for the mobile web. The second half deals with specifics for Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla. This is where I find the book to be lacking. Not that there's anything wrong with what's here, but it lacks depth.

I don't know much about Wordpress and Joomla, and I didn't read those sections. But the section on Drupal is a bit disappointing. The first chapter deals almost entirely with several contributed themes and modules aimed at delivering mobile content. The second chapter goes into a bit more depth on themeing and CCK.

Nothing really wrong with what's here, but the first half of the book goes to great length to show you how effective mobile development and design involve more than superficially putting a new face on old content. Yet the Drupal section doesn't go much beyond just that. I really wish Pearce had written 4 books. One on mobile web development and design in general, and one each for Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla.

If you are new to Drupal, give this book a pass for right now. But if you want an introduction to design and development for the mobile web along with a bit of guidance to get you started with mobile Drupal, this may be a good place to start.

It seems there's not a whole lot out there in terms of Drupal themes and modules specific to mobile development. I hope that will change. In fact, I'm confident it will. I guess I was hoping that until then this book would help me leverage modules already available and put them to use for the mobile web - kind of like tables were used in the old days to do things they were never really intended for. That wasn't entirely a good thing, of course, but it enabled us to do some pretty tricky stuff while we awaited a better solution.

All in all, despite the cover image, this book won't leave you high and dry. But it might leave you hoping that a bigger wave will soon come in.
The perfect text book Sept. 17 2011
By Quinne Fokes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is required reading for a web design class for mobile devices--and well worth the price. I'm at chapter 4, and the information is comprehensive, historical and helpful.


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