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ISBN-13: 978-0735663022 ISBN-10: 0735663025 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Developer Reference
  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (May 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735663025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735663022
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dino Esposito is a well-known ASP.NET and AJAX expert. He speaks at industry events, including DevConnections and Microsoft TechEd, contributes to MSDN Magazine and other publications, and has written several popular Microsoft Press books, including Microsoft ASP.NET and AJAX: Architecting Web Applications.


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Having a good guide handy (like this book) is invaluable.
Krzysztof Satola
The book is a great place to get most of the information you need to make the right decisions about your mobile strategy.
T. Anderson
This book is certainly a read for any software architect who is involved in Mobile Strategy and/or development decisions.
tjain

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2012
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I was thrown onto a mobile project a few months ago and admittedly needed to catch up fast. My primary development environment is Microsoft's .NET and although I had been keeping up with Windows Phone, I had not been keeping up with mobile as a whole. I would go as far to say keeping up with Windows Phone was not keeping up with the mobile world at all. Luckily this book is a smorgasbord of mobile information. I purchased and printed the Rough Cuts version as soon as it came out. This book saved me tons of time getting up to speed with the latest information on the mobile world.

The first thing we were tasked with was creating a mobile strategy based on our current business processes and their needs. Luckily this book starts off with a chapter on that. It really helped shape the direction we took by painting a realistic view of today's mobile world. It is a world of tradeoffs and understanding your business needs and requirements before blindly giving marching orders is a must.

It is not a choice between better technologies, or native applications versus mobile web applications, it is about knowing where you want to go and then choosing the tools and resources you need to get you there. There are no silver bullets and anyone who tells you one way, or one platform, will meet all yours needs, is lost and heading down a road to a dead-end.

I had developed on Pocket PC, Windows Mobile 2003, 5, 6, 7, 7.1 and played with Android and iOS, but have never had to mobilize a web site. I have honestly been doing my best to ignore HTML5, CSS, and jQuery. I simply cannot stand any browser development and find it unjustifiable unless it is for the open public.
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I was hesitant to get this book, thinking it might only focus on Microsoft solutions. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that the author offers a very even-handed treatment of technologies without much bias towards Microsoft or any other technology provider. My only issue is that the market is shifting so quickly that the relevance of some topics has changed. For example, Android has expanded and become far more dominant than it was at the time the book was written, while Blackberry / RIM is pretty much nonexistent now. Also, iOS has evolved in ways that would be nice to see covered, and the use of mobile marketing has evolved in ways that aren't addressed. In short, it's an EXCELLENT book, although it would benefit considerably from a "refresh" to remove irrelevant material while updating the coverage to reflect more recent market dynamics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krzysztof Satola on September 28, 2012
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Architecting Mobile Solutions for the Enterprise by Dino Esposito should be interesting and valuable to decisionmakers and architects working on mobile solutions. The book is published by Microsoft Press but it covers not only Microsoft related technologies. I would rather say that you can find there more about non-Microsoft solutions, which is good and makes Mr. Espositos's book even more professionally credible. The author covers more general topics like mobile strategy and differences between mobile sites and native applications. After a general discussion we can find there more detailed information about mobile site architecture design and mobile website building. Dino Esposito describes HTML5 and jQuery Mobile. We learn about the importance of application responsiveness and good patterns of mobile application development. Tha last part of the book is devoted to architecture and development of native mobile applications for iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms. There are simple applications discussed there (with source code explained) written in Objective-C and Cococa framework, MonoTouch framework (.Net), XAML, HTML, C# (Silverlight) and Java. The last chapter covers cross-platform development based on PhoneGap JavaScript approach.

The book helps to get an overall, up-to-day picture of the mobile software development, possible business models, budgeting concerns, and more. I especially like the way sample applications are described. Simple but yet complete and quite precise descriptions deliver enough information and rationales let architects easier and quicker to decide which technology would work best for solutions they are working on.

Going mobile is not cheap nor simple. Having a good guide handy (like this book) is invaluable. This book is unique and up-to-date. Architecting Mobile Solutions for the Enterprise by Dino Esposito should be read by wise decisionmakers and architects working on mobile solutions.
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Overall covers a good architecture depth and nice sync with programing languages for Mobile
I recommend this book to all Mobile architects to read about to understand the various mobile devices solutions
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tjain on June 1, 2012
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This book is about paradigm shift in computing - from desktop to mobile devices from an architect perspective. Though book is from Microsoft Press but Dino is fairly unbiased in his analysis and presentation of facts.

Book is divided into three parts: Going Mobile, Mobile Sites and Mobile Applications. Each part very nicely covers architectural aspects of mobile solution in concise fashion.

In Going Mobile part Dino discusses mobile strategy and comparison between mobile application and site.

Mobile Site parts reveals intricacies of Mobile sites in four different chapters. Dino has introduced HTML5 and jQuery.

Mobile Application part covers two major mobile platform - Apple iOS and Android. Since book is from Microsoft, so Windows platform has its own chapter. PhoneGap also has its own chapter. Over all Dino has taken very balance approach while discussing development of Mobile Apps.

This book is certainly a read for any software architect who is involved in Mobile Strategy and/or development decisions.
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