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on April 11, 2012
The back of this book says it's recommended for "web designers, web developers, information architects, product managers, usability professionals, content publishers, entrepreneurs new to mobile web".
If you recognize yourself in this group, this book is resolutely not for you.

There is literally no useful information for developers or designers. The author glosses over what could be relevant info here and there (tidbits of HTML/CSS, UX design, etc.)-- but it is definitely not a design or development book as its title would suggest.

There are chapters dedicated more to the business development side of things-- adapting a mobile strategy for your existing products and websites, etc. But even here, information lacks too much depth to be of any relevant use.

One could argue that this book could serve as a good introductory text for non-technical people who need a first exposure to mobile ecosystems, and that a more representative title for this book would be "Overview of the mobile landscape". But these people won't need to learn about the intricacies of CSS transformations or mobile agent detection in PHP, and as such a number of chapters in the book while just be useless to them or even worse, confuse them.

All in all, Brian Fling's book is too scattered to provide anything of value. If you're looking to get into mobile development, pick up an intro book about Objective C for iPhone or Java for Android. If you're looking to get into mobile design, pickup a book about mobile UI/UX design. If you're a suit wanting to grasp the business implications of mobile, get a book about just that. Regardless, avoid this title at all costs-- your library is better off without this title.
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on April 11, 2018
This book is 10 years old, outdated, and irrelevant. Interesting to read for historical context but thats about it.
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on February 9, 2014
I found the style to be easy reading and the organization of the book well laid-out. No single book covers every aspect of a subject, but in this case the author develops a framework that informs the reader of the key topics of mobile development including device fragmentation, development tools and methodology, IDEs and test beds, etc. All around a worthwhile investment for those looking to start developing applications for mobile platforms.
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on April 26, 2010
Many people would pay for the information Brian Fling has assembled here. Project managers, and even clients need to read and digest this book before starting a mobile initiative. You have no idea how gigantic and varied the mobile industry is until you've heard it from Brian Fling.
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on October 19, 2009
If you want a book that gets you started on all the foundation concepts of mobile and further inspires you to create mobile web apps and how to do it, this book is for you.

If you are currently writing iPhone apps, are just interested in developing or designing for the mobile space or simply want an overview of 'Mobile 2.0', this will get you up to speed very quickly.

Highly recommended.
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on July 1, 2011
A lot of topics are mentioned in this book but none of them were discussed in-depth. I was looking for possible designs, pros and cons, any pitfalls to look for and how to overcome. This book does not cover any of that. It mentions a lot of topics, off-the-shelf software at peripheral level.
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on October 12, 2016
Helpful and informative
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on October 27, 2010
This is a great book to get a broad perspective of the types of mobile applications that are out there. There are many ways to develop for mobile and this book gives you a good overview of many if not all of them.
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on July 25, 2010
The bulk of this book (say 80%) is a discussion of information architecture retooled for the mobile world. A useful discussion, but it is NOT why I bought a book on mobile development. I expected a book that discussed in great detail, mobile development.

Skip to chapter 11, 'Mobile Web Development' to get a taste. Chapter 12, 'iPhone Web Apps' also has a few nuggets. Chapter 15, the oddly named and placed 'Supporting Devices' touches on setting up a test and dev environment.

Technical details for server configuration, local test/dev environment configuration, dev methods and techniques etc. are absent. This is NOT a technical reference or guide. It IS, a good executive 'summary'.

Also, although it makes every attempt to appear agnostic, the book is clearly iPhone-centric. This caused me to change my rating from two stars to one star.
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on December 2, 2009
A pretty good survey piece; lots of "things to think about", but short on specifics -- prob because the device world is SO fluid. It serves as background, but there's not much to act on.
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