Programming the Mobile Web Paperback – Aug 2 2010
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
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.
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