Professional Mobile Web Development with WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal Paperback – Apr 12 2011
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From the Back Cover
Learn to implement sites with the major content management platforms
The popularity of the mobile web is seemingly unstoppable, making the demand and expectations for sleek, smooth, and sophisticated web sites extraordinarily high. Unique to the shelf, this book describes how you can develop mobile content and then install, configure, test, and integrate mobile web sites using the most popular content management systems (CMS) in order to provide an engaging and enjoyable experience to users on the move. Placing a special emphasis on three particular platforms—WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal—author James Pearce explains how to design and mobilize sites in conjunction with each CMS and walks you through the installation and configuration of the plugins, modules, and themes that will get you started, fast.
Professional Mobile Web Development:
Features a brief history of the mobile web and explains what makes it unique
Provides a technical review of the mobile landscape and familiarizes you with mobile devices, networks, and their challenges
Looks at how the mobile web is evolving and how best to design for it
Reviews choices and decisions that should be made prior to working on CMS mobilization
Describes the processes involved in testing, deploying, and integrating a mobile web site, regardless of platform
Discusses mobile analytics, advertising, and other operational topics
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About the Author
James Pearce is a technologist, writer, developer, and entrepreneur who has been working with the mobile web for over a decade. He is Senior Director of Developer Relations at Sencha. Previously he was the CTO at dotMobi and has a background in mobile startups, telecoms infrastructure, and management consultancy. He speaks and writes extensively on the topic of mobile web development, and is the author of the popular WordPress Mobile Pack plugin.
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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.
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.