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Using HTML5 to Design Web Apps for Tablets and Smartphones

About the Author

Maximiliano Firtman, @firt, is a developer focused on mobile and HTML5 development. He is a trainer in mobile technologies and founder of ITMaster Professional Training. He is the author of many books, including Programming the Mobile Web (O'Reilly). He has spoken at international conferences such as OSCON, Velocity, Breaking Development, GOTO Europe, Campus Party, QCon, and Adobe en Vivo.

He has been an Adobe Community Professional since 2011 and a Nokia Developer Champion since 2006, and he has developed many mobile-related projects, such as,, and He maintains a mobile web development blog at

He is an expert in native and HTML5 web development, including iOS, Android, PhoneGap, and jQuery technologies.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Just what I was looking for to piece jQuery Mobile together March 5 2012
By Justin S. - Published on
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This book is excellent and was just what I was looking for. It is exactly what the title claims it to be, a book to get you up and running with jQuery Mobile. It actually goes beyond that, which is appreciated.

This doesn't claim to be a "how to program jQuery" book; there are many other books on that topic. The focus of this book is purely the jQuery Mobile framework. I found it did help to be somewhat familiar with jQuery to get the full benefit of this book. I consider myself to be a just-beyond-novice jQuery developer (and long-time .NET developer) and I was very comfortable with the concepts and content in the book. If you understand the basic concepts of jQuery selectors, functions, and ajax, then you won't be lost.

I purchased this book after reviewing the jQuery Mobile official documentation (which is actually really good in itself). I felt that I needed something more to 'put it all together' and this book provided exactly that. The book explains jQuery Mobile best practices, common design elements, UI and form components, and examples of just about every layout and navigation feature jQuery Mobile has to offer. The book also presents more advanced topics such as HTML5-based offline access, creating and consuming plug-ins, and deployment options. Speaking of deployment options, I was happy to see design and architecture tips for targeting PhoneGap sprinkled throughout the book; including a section at the end regarding the PhoneGap packaging process.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to dive in to the jQuery Mobile framework. It is well organized, contains just enough detail, a lot of useful samples, and is presented clearly. After reading it, I felt I gained enough knowledge to confidently use jQuery Mobile.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
jQuery Mobile's Best Book May 14 2012
By Patrick Young - Published on
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I have read this book and I have also read the previous jQuery Mobile book by Jon Reid (Jul 7, 2011). The two books are very different. This one is written well.
This one was written by someone that knows the subject very well. Not just how jQuery Mobile works, but he also understands the entire eco system of the mobile web. His previous book Programming the Mobile Web serves as a testament to the type of author Max is. In an industry that is rapidly progressing, a book written 2 years prior would lose much of its value. Programming the Mobile Web is still worth the read today. Max knows his stuff and he knows how to articulate what he knows to others very well. I cannot say that about any other author in the tech industry.
I was never a fan of JavaScript and had no prior knowledge of jQuery when I read this book. I have since developed a few websites using jQuery Mobile and have a better grasp of jQuery's JavaScript syntax. Understanding the jQuery framework is not absolutely necessary but would be an asset for reading this book.
This book was instrumental in my "cool" mobile web development. jQuery Mobile offers widgets that give a mobile site some pizzaz without too much of a performance hit especially after the js and css are loaded into the Browser's cache.
This book was written before was introduced. is a great way to prototype a jQuery Mobile site. It has saved many hours of HTML coding and syntax debug.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Good in some areas and easy to read. March 1 2012
By Doron Katz - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book does indeed seem like a pre-released even though it has alredy been published, but it feels a bit incomplete in many areas, which was the general gist I got from reading this book and comparing it to various other books that I have come across. The second thing I noticed was the way the author structured this book, starting with a theoretical background of JQuery followed by the various controls (such as lists, navigation), leaving out DOM and selector stuff, which falls under the more fundamental JQuery literature, which means this book is catered towards people who have a basic/general understanding of JQuery. Whether the author will in fact later include those in chapters I am not sure of, but I would certainly like to see that summarised in a chapter or two.

Having said that, the author does imply that you need to get another book (cross-sell) in order to get understandings of other things, which isn't great, it's as if you purchased a catalogue that advertises other books, rather than substantiate these themes and topics in the book you would have purchased. I also can't validate purchasing this book over a cookbook, although there isn't any recent cookbook for JQuery by O'Reilly, since jQuery Cookbook, 1st Edition by C. Lindley in 2009.

The reading is quite easy although it feels very thin in many parts, although surprisingly good in other parts, such as with Event handling and theme rolling, which is quite good, but this also means that I would recommend this book only as a bundle with one or two other JQuery books in order to get a more holistic comprehension of JQuery Web development. This book does serve a purpose but that depends on what you want to get out of just this one book, or whether this will form part of a course for you and you will be armed with an arsenal of jQuery books in order to get a complete understanding of all the fundamental and more advanced concepts of the scripting language.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent primer on JQuery Mobile Feb. 23 2013
By Brandeline - Published on
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I got this book because I have recently started building android apps using a mix of web technologies. (These are hybrid apps more or less) I got tired of working so hard to get the styling of the interface looking 'app-ish' enough so I started using JQM in the apps to take care of that aspect with less work.

The documentation on the site is pretty good, so I was able to get started using it without too much trouble, but this book has added another dimension of my understanding of how Jquery Mobile is used, and made me aware of some other techniques I hadn't considered before.

It was clear and well written. The formatting is also very goods and lends itself well to casual reading, rather than 'studying' so it's very easy to get what you need from it. Excellent book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book - the answers you need! May 2 2012
By applenoose - Published on
Format: Paperback
Bought this book along with Larry Ullman's Modern Javascript to get my chops back. Along with the jquery mobile web site, this book is an excellent resource for those beginning query mobile. It is also a great reference for intermediate developers. There are plenty of code samples, references to the official jquery site and the later chapters address along of the confusing issues for those new to this awesome mobile development language. I literally had a sample application with some database functionality up and running within a few days and was able to successfully package it with PhoneGap for deployment to iOS and Droid. Pick this book up and you will be up and running!