jQuery Mobile 1st Edition

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About the Author

Jon Reid is a senior developer at EffectiveUI. He has been developing in HTML and JavaScript since 1996 and is committed to building rich and accessible web experiences. He is passionate about user-centered creative processes and believes that involving the user is an essential part of creating awesome software. Jon has a variety of experience with HTML-based RIAs and has been the lead on projects ranging from genetic analysis software to Microsoft's "I'm a PC" campaign.

Jon is an alumni of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he graduated with a degree in Physics and Mathematics. He lives in Denver with his partner of 13 years.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449306683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449306687
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By orlando echevarria on September 12, 2011
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I thought this book "okay" for getting started with jQuery Mobile. However, I thought this book was going to be more than just a small introduction to jQuery Mobile. Don't get me wrong, it does provide enough information to get you going in developing your jQuery Mobile website, BUT it lacks in proper documentation.

This book was below my expectations for an O'Reilly book. You are better off just going to the jQuery Mobile website, and reading their documentation in all honesty. Beware though, even the jQuery Mobile website documentation isn't all that clear,also. So you will have to experiment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Skemp VINE VOICE on July 17, 2011
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While jQuery Mobile has not yet had a final release, a number of alphas, and most recently a beta, have been released.

When a new technology or framework is released it's sometimes difficult to determine when the best time is to start learning about it. Generally I try to stay away until a final version is released, but since this project is tied to jQuery, I can only assume that good things will come from this framework. Additionally, they generally take things fairly slow when they release new versions, so even though this book covers an alpha release of jQuery Mobile, and is therefore a little out of date, I didn't think it would be too difficult to catch up.

And indeed it was not. Working through this small book over the course of a week, using the most recent release of jQuery Mobile, required the minorest of changes. In fact the only thing that really jumps out at me is that the back button is not enabled by default, per a recent change.

The contents of the book get you started with jQuery Mobile, assuming some very basic knowledge of jQuery. It starts with an introduction of the framework, then moves onto the structure of your content, page elements, theming, interacting with jQuery Mobile via JavaScript, and finally ends with a fully functional Twitter-based application.

Within the first three chapters I had ported some of my own content over to a jQuery Mobile application, so you can easily be up-and-running after just a few hours. However, the creation of an actual application during the last chapter was extremely beneficial, as it suggests a development plan for creating your own applications.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Shuping on July 16, 2011
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O'Reilly Publishing provided me access to an electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Mobile technology is developing at a rapid pace. Where once people accessed content via mobile webpages they now want to access content via mobile appls. And for designers this poses a major problem. How do you design an app that works on all platforms? Do you pick one and hope for the best? Or do you design for them all? Thankfully a new option is being developed. jQuery Mobile, based upon the popular jQuery library, is a package currently being developed that will work on all platforms with no extra programming knowledge needed. And I for one am really impressed with how easy and simple it is to develop with the current package of jQuery Mobile. It's clear that the programmers have put a lot of thought into making it as easy as possible to use, especially since it comes with a CSS style sheet and icons built into the package.

This jQuery Mobile guide may seem short at a 130 pages, but packs a lot of useful content. The jQuery Mobile package is currently in beta 1 (the book covers alpha 4) and is based upon HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Jon states in the introduction this book works best if you're already have basic familiarity with mobile browsers, the jQuery library, and basic designing for mobile webpages. Jon provides copious screen shots and sections of code so that the reader can easily see how the package works and how to design their own apps based upon the jQuery package. The book talks you through the basics of beginning with the package to building a working application that utilizes the Twitter API to design a working jQuery Twitter client that incorporates multiple pages and UI components. My only real complaint about the book is that there's no index.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Stahl on December 1, 2011
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If you are looking for an intro to jQuery Mobile, do NOT buy this book.

Since the release of jQuery Mobile 1.0 final, this book is no longer relevant as the semantic markup for jQuery Mobile has changed to better degrade using divs instead of the "section, header, footer" markup as used throughout the text. An experienced developer can convert the necessary markup but only after reading up on the changes on the jQuery Mobile site. Please update.

That being said, the book was probably very handy during jQM's initial development for those looking to get their feet wet with the framework as it is well-formatted and well-written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Cecil on May 31, 2012
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I was hoping that this book would add additional value to the jQuery Mobile online docs--it doesn't. In fact, as far as I could tell it's simply a re-hash of the online documentation. Buyer beware. But if you're the type who likes a hard-copy of things for highlighting, adding notes, etc. then you can pony up the cash for this book. I'll stick with the online docs--which I printed out.
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