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jQuery Mobile: Up and Running 1st Edition

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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 MobileHTML5.org, MobileTinyURL.com, and iWebInspector.com. He maintains a mobile web development blog at MobileXweb.com.

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

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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: 7 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 codiqa.com was introduced. codiqa.com 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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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 jquerymobile.com 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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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? I've read this cover-to-cover twice during 2 long flights and I've gone through specific parts in great detail. Once you hit about page 150, everything falls into place and you can do some serious dynamic programming with what you learn at that point and beyond. If you are new to jQuery, you would be wise to get some background reference to go with it, such as with the Sams Teach Yourself JQuery and Javascript book, but don't be thrown off when you see that JQuery Mobile takes you further than jQuery alone and some things are different. If you are completely new to jQuery, you're going to struggle for a short while, but just keep going back and reread the fundamentals until it begins to stick. It should go without saying that you need to know Javascript to use jQuery Mobile, so if you are new to web-based programming, start off with Javascript, then jQuery, and then jQuery Mobile. You might be tempted to skip jQuery to get directly into jQuery Mobile, but I wouldn't recommend that.
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