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jQuery Mobile: Up and Running [Paperback]

Maximiliano Firtman
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March 2, 2012 1449397654 978-1449397654 1

Would you like to build one mobile web application that works on iPad and Kindle Fire as well as iPhone and Android smartphones? This introductory guide to jQuery Mobile shows you how. Through a series of hands-on exercises, you’ll learn the best ways to use this framework’s many interface components to build customizable, multiplatform apps. You don’t need any programming skills or previous experience with jQuery to get started.

By the time you finish this book, you’ll know how to create responsive, Ajax-based interfaces that work on a variety of smartphones and tablets, using jQuery Mobile and semantic HTML5 code.

  • Understand how jQuery Mobile works with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript
  • Work with UI components to format content and create forms, lists, navbars, and buttons
  • Create dynamic content with JavaScript, Ajax, and the jQuery core framework
  • Customize your entire user interface with themes and CSS3
  • Enable users to install your app from the browser and work with it offline
  • Distribute through app stores by packaging your creation as a native app

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Book Description

Using HTML5 to Design Web Apps for Tablets and Smartphones

About the Author

Maximiliano Firtman, @firt, is a developer focused on mobile and HTML5 development. He is a trainer in mobile technologies and founder of ITMaster Professional Training. He is the author of many books, including Programming the Mobile Web (O'Reilly). He has spoken at international conferences such as OSCON, Velocity, Breaking Development, GOTO Europe, Campus Party, QCon, and Adobe en Vivo.

He has been an Adobe Community Professional since 2011 and a Nokia Developer Champion since 2006, and he has developed many mobile-related projects, such as,, and He maintains a mobile web development blog at

He is an expert in native and HTML5 web development, including iOS, Android, PhoneGap, and jQuery technologies.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449397654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449397654
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Max Firtman is a mobile+web developer, trainer, speaker and writer. He is Adobe Community Champion and founder of ITMaster Professional Training. He wrote many books, including "Programming the Mobile Web" and "jQuery Mobile: Up and Running" published by O'Reilly Media

He has a blog about mobile web development at and he maintains the website

He is a frequent speaker at conferences, including QCon, OSCON, Breaking Development, Velocity Conference, Fluent, Google Developer Day, Nokia Developer Days, Campus Party Europe, Toster Moscow and many other events around the world.

He has received different recognitions, including Nokia Developer Champion yearly since 2006; Adobe Community Champion since 2011 and BlackBerry Elite Developer since 2012

Customer Reviews

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This book is excellent and was just what I was looking for. It is exactly what the title claims it to be, a book to get you up and running with jQuery Mobile. It actually goes beyond that, which is appreciated.

This doesn't claim to be a "how to program jQuery" book; there are many other books on that topic. The focus of this book is purely the jQuery Mobile framework. I found it did help to be somewhat familiar with jQuery to get the full benefit of this book. I consider myself to be a just-beyond-novice jQuery developer (and long-time .NET developer) and I was very comfortable with the concepts and content in the book. If you understand the basic concepts of jQuery selectors, functions, and ajax, then you won't be lost.

I purchased this book after reviewing the jQuery Mobile official documentation (which is actually really good in itself). I felt that I needed something more to 'put it all together' and this book provided exactly that. The book explains jQuery Mobile best practices, common design elements, UI and form components, and examples of just about every layout and navigation feature jQuery Mobile has to offer. The book also presents more advanced topics such as HTML5-based offline access, creating and consuming plug-ins, and deployment options. Speaking of deployment options, I was happy to see design and architecture tips for targeting PhoneGap sprinkled throughout the book; including a section at the end regarding the PhoneGap packaging process.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to dive in to the jQuery Mobile framework. It is well organized, contains just enough detail, a lot of useful samples, and is presented clearly. After reading it, I felt I gained enough knowledge to confidently use jQuery Mobile.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jQuery Mobile's Best Book May 14, 2012
I have read this book and I have also read the previous jQuery Mobile book by Jon Reid (Jul 7, 2011). The two books are very different. This one is written well.
This one was written by someone that knows the subject very well. Not just how jQuery Mobile works, but he also understands the entire eco system of the mobile web. His previous book Programming the Mobile Web serves as a testament to the type of author Max is. In an industry that is rapidly progressing, a book written 2 years prior would lose much of its value. Programming the Mobile Web is still worth the read today. Max knows his stuff and he knows how to articulate what he knows to others very well. I cannot say that about any other author in the tech industry.
I was never a fan of JavaScript and had no prior knowledge of jQuery when I read this book. I have since developed a few websites using jQuery Mobile and have a better grasp of jQuery's JavaScript syntax. Understanding the jQuery framework is not absolutely necessary but would be an asset for reading this book.
This book was instrumental in my "cool" mobile web development. jQuery Mobile offers widgets that give a mobile site some pizzaz without too much of a performance hit especially after the js and css are loaded into the Browser's cache.
This book was written before was introduced. is a great way to prototype a jQuery Mobile site. It has saved many hours of HTML coding and syntax debug.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer on JQuery Mobile February 23, 2013
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I got this book because I have recently started building android apps using a mix of web technologies. (These are hybrid apps more or less) I got tired of working so hard to get the styling of the interface looking 'app-ish' enough so I started using JQM in the apps to take care of that aspect with less work.

The documentation on the site is pretty good, so I was able to get started using it without too much trouble, but this book has added another dimension of my understanding of how Jquery Mobile is used, and made me aware of some other techniques I hadn't considered before.

It was clear and well written. The formatting is also very goods and lends itself well to casual reading, rather than 'studying' so it's very easy to get what you need from it. Excellent book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great fast way tutorial - "up and running" August 15, 2012
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It is an "up and running" guide. Having good knowledge of jquery and just wanted the jquery mobile portion on top of it, this book was perfect for me. While porting an application to Html5 for mobile devices it took me 1 day to read it and do my first development steps.

Would be 5 stars, but there are several errors in the code samples, which could easily be fixed in the next edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - the answers you need! May 2, 2012
Bought this book along with Larry Ullman's Modern Javascript to get my chops back. Along with the jquery mobile web site, this book is an excellent resource for those beginning query mobile. It is also a great reference for intermediate developers. There are plenty of code samples, references to the official jquery site and the later chapters address along of the confusing issues for those new to this awesome mobile development language. I literally had a sample application with some database functionality up and running within a few days and was able to successfully package it with PhoneGap for deployment to iOS and Droid. Pick this book up and you will be up and running!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Great book.
As this is a visual medium, the author should have provided additional screen shots of the jquery mobile scripts contained in the book.
Published 7 days ago by Howard R. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars There is nothing else to compare with this
JQuery Mobile is essential for the conversion of jQuery code into the more succinct jQuery Mobile platform for smartphones and tablets. Why aren't there more books on this topic? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this series of books.
I'm a fan of these books. It's hard to get excited about code...unless you life for it... then it is just something you do. Like me... but I like this particular series of books. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Same information that you can find on the internet
Same information that you can find on the internet: no tricks, no explanation about the main problem of jquery mobile, which is basically having several instances of the same page... Read more
Published 9 months ago by nmohamed
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid introduction - and then some
I've read 3 other books on jQuery Mobile lately and I believe this one is the best (although the others are good as well). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Larry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I liked this book a lot. I found it easy to follow and covered a wide range of areas. I would highly recommend it
Published 12 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars This was just what I needed
As a professional developer with jQuery experience, I needed a book that skipped the superfluous stutff (e.g. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eric Carr
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book that walks you through the basics
The book is a great walk through of the JQuery API. Would liked to have seen a little bit more information on what is happening behind the scenes but overall a great guide to get... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Juri
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful!
Although there are many online tutorials and step by step guides for jQuery & jQuery Mobile, this book is really interesting for readin on your free time and discover new things!
Published 17 months ago by Gkratsia
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved me last semester!
This book was one of four books that I bought at the end of last Semester. My Final Project was revamping the californiaelectronicsupply site I webmaster, and this book was what... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Alan Bruce Mccornack
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