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Programming the Mobile Web [Paperback]

Maximiliano Firtman

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Aug. 2 2010 0596807783 978-0596807788 1

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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About the Author

Maximiliano Firtman is a developer focused on mobile and RIA development. He is a professor in web and mobile technologies, and founder of ITMaster Professional Training. He is author of many books in Spanish, including books on Java ME, ASP.NET, AJAX and Professional Web 2.0.

He is founder and manager of ARFUG (Argentina RIA & Flex User Group), an official Adobe User Group covering many RIA technologies, including AJAX, Flex, AIR and Silverlight. He has spoken at conferences in Spanish and English and published dozens of articles in magazines (.CODE, Users) and online (MaestrosDelWeb, Forum Nokia).

He has been a Forum Nokia Champion since 2006, and has developed many mobile projects as MobileTinyURL.com and widgen.com.

He is an expert in AJAX, Adobe Flex, Java ME, Widgets for Mobile and iPhone development.


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best mobile web reference I've seen Aug. 10 2010
By ueberhund - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too generic - not enough example code Oct. 10 2010
By T.E.B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought the book because of the other 5 star review (that happened to be the only review at the time), but was disappointed once I got to read the book.

I'm building a web-based mobile app and was hoping this book would teach web techniques that work on multiple platforms, and would save me development time by for example not having to build separate iPhone and Android versions while still being able to provide native looking interfaces for different platforms. After reading the book though, I am not any closer to that goal than I was before reading it. The book was way too generic for my needs and provided hardly any code examples I could actually use for my project. The book seems more like an academic course that teaches the principles of mobile-independent development, rather than practical advice you can put to use right away.

I admit that I probably had the wrong expectation when buying the book, and I can see that the book would have value for someone who is simply converting a traditional website into a mobile website, and wants that mobile version be accessible by as many people as possible. But for more serious web app development this is the wrong book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 in my library of books on mobile development Jan. 25 2011
By Jason Haag - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was my #1 rated book that came out in 2010 on developing for the many mobile device browsers and platforms on the market. In 2009, the top book was "Mobile Design and Development" by Brian Fling. This book is a little more up to date and covers everything you need to know about challenges associated with device fragmentation and other design considerations. The author provides excellent tips and strategies for progressive enhancement and device detection. Mobile development is not easy. This book will save you months of research and development time and is a perfect introduction in the the mobile world for web developers looking to make the transition, but need an understanding of the vast number of issues and challenges associated with programming for the mobile web. This book was written very well and the organization of topics flows very nicely.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extensive Aug. 11 2011
By redragon - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was exactly what I needed to know for a project. Although the mobile universe works very quickly, the author does a great job of giving you the state of the mobile world.

If you are great at coding sites for desktop websites, this one will surely prepare you for coding for mobile. I recommend this book, but again, buy it now before it gets outdated. That said, O'Reilly is great as updating their books.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Already outdated Nov. 20 2011
By esset - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately, the book is already outdated even though it's as recent as 2010. This is obviously a consequence of how fast the business is growing, but it's really not interesting to read a book with so much focus on older feature phones when the smartphones are what's really interesting at the moment.

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