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Very limited interest for anyone who would be drawn to this book in the first place
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.