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Pro jQuery Mobile Paperback – December 6, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1430239666 ISBN-10: 1430239662 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430239662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430239666
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Franklin on December 12, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The concept for the book is sound and the table of contents hits all of the important topics - but simply put - this version of the book isn't ready for publication. The Kindle version (purchased Dec, 2011) is riddled with typos and errors, the formatting is terrible - to the point of making it difficult to read, and the text constantly refers to code available for download from the apress website that is not there. In all reality, this is formatted like a first draft pdf, not even a galley proof version.

The author should have insisted that apress finish the technical editing, copyediting and page layout before making this book available for purchase. While the author is off to a good start - the publisher has short changed readers by rushing publication. Given this, early purchasers are significantly disadvantaged with no way to get the inevitable updated publication.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Miranda on February 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what I expected: it's comprehensive, factual, detailed, and has lots of insider tips. There's no cutsie, gimmicky writing style; he just gets to the point and gives great advice. I have 100% confidence that, after reading this book, I can quickly create a usable, efficient, and attractive jQuery Mobile based app. That's all you really need to know.

Chapter one starts off with a justification for jQuery Mobile, and while I do think he over sells it a bit, it's a good overview (personally I think there are good arguments for a native iOS app and leave jQuery Mobile for Android and all other phones). Also, the author doesn't seem to understand that iOS apps can support multiple versions of the operating system by checking for the existence of API's at runtime and degrading gracefully for older OSes. But that's not the major point of the book, so I won't dink him a star for that.

The rest of the book was pretty much exactly what I was hoping for. It covers the basics of creating an app, and all the user interface elements you can use. It shows how they degrade gracefully in older browsers, and how it flexibly adapts to screen resolution and device orientation. He covers the page and document lifecycle very well, so there are no surprises when you develop your own sites. He describes how page navigation works (and the two options you have for loading pages), how forms work, and flexibility with built in media query usage.

A whole chapter is devoted to List Views, since that's often the core of a mobile app (although hopefully your app will be more than just a series of lists!). Lists are complex because they can have a myriad of attributes, headers, footers, accessory controls, searching capability, etc. A comprehensive chapter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Cecil on May 31, 2012
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Now this is more like it. While the O'Reilly jQuery Mobile book disappointed, due to its straightforward re-hash of the jQuery Mobile online documentation, here author Brad Broulik adds value to that documentation, extending it with more info, more examples, and a great diagram of the jQuery Mobile event model that is worth the price of admission alone. Once you read the jQuery Mobile online docs, this is the book you need to get.
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