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July 7, 2011 1449306683 978-1449306687 1

Native apps have distinct advantages, but the future belongs to mobile web apps that function on a broad range of smartphones and tablets. Get started with jQuery Mobile, the touch-optimized framework for creating apps that look and behave consistently across many devices. This concise book provides HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript code examples, screen shots, and step-by-step guidance to help you build a complete working app with jQuery Mobile.

If you're already familiar with the jQuery JavaScript library, you can use your existing skills to build cross-platform mobile web apps right now. This book shows you how.

  • Get a high-level overview of jQuery Mobile: how it works and how to use it
  • Learn about paging and navigation, including dialogs, Ajax content, and history
  • Employ jQuery Mobile’s extensive event system to create rich interactions
  • Work with toolbars, buttons, lists, forms, and other UI elements
  • Create a variety of visual designs with jQuery Mobile’s sophisticated theming system
  • Use the jQuery Mobile API for finer control over elements and interactions
  • Put everything together and build a mobile app from start to finish

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449306683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449306687
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7 x 9.1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected More 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to jQuery Mobile development July 17, 2011
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first look July 16, 2011
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
2.0 out of 5 stars No longer up to date 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
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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2.0 out of 5 stars don't bother
Actually the book is ok, but the jquery mobile product is so weak that any book about it is doomed to fail.
Published 11 months ago by wary consumer
1.0 out of 5 stars naaa
So, this is for newbs only, you can't build anything decent with this.

But I guess that if you're a newbster this stuff can get you started.
Published 21 months ago by iOS Developer from hell
2.0 out of 5 stars Very fast introduction that doesn't beat reference documentation
Comparing this to reference documentation on jQuery mobile's site, there aren't much points for this. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by vrto
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for starters
There are a lot of things to like about this book, especially considering at the time I got this it was the only book available covering jQuery Mobile. Read more
Published on December 18, 2011 by Laurence A. Canter
4.0 out of 5 stars Kickstart your jQM experience
jQuery Mobile is the latest addition to the reliable and popular jQuery framework family. It's rapidly evolving - just entering 1.0 beta2 as I write this post. Read more
Published on August 17, 2011 by D. Cottlehuber
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise but great as a reference
Okay, today we are going to review JQuery Mobile, by Jon Reid. To put up the disclaimer, I have always been hesitant to touch jQuery or javascript, coming from a Flex background,... Read more
Published on July 27, 2011 by Doron Katz
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to the jQuery Mobile Framework
This book is brief. You will have no problem reading it over the course of an evening and that's a good thing! Read more
Published on July 16, 2011 by Gabriel Svennerberg
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