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on 11 March 2012
I've read a few "Head First" books now and come to the conclusion that their use is inversely proportional to how much you already know about the topic and this book is no exception to that rule of thumb. If you're a neophyte mobile web developer then you will come away with a good overview of how to work; if you're a seasoned mobile web developer looking for a reference book you'll probably come away frustrated. The book's information is presented as a set of increasingly complex worked examples; excellent as a functional learning process but not so hot if you are looking for an all in one manual. That proviso aside this is an excellent introduction to developing for the mobile web. The book covers design processes (e.g. mobile first responsive web design), techniques (e.g. building hybrid web apps) and tools (e.g. jQuery mobile). Now as Head First Mobile Web doesn't come in an inconveniently large suitcase the coverage of these is necessarily quite shallow but to give you a springboard into the world of mobile web development it's the best book I've seen. Sure there are areas you will need to brush up on later such as HTML5, a smattering of CSS and perhaps most importantly javascript but you don't need to be all that well versed in any of these to get the full benefit out of the book. What you will need to do is to treat this as a doing book rather than a straight reading one. Get your hands metaphorically dirty and work through the examples and you will get vastly more out of the book than if you just sit down and read it.

I was really impressed by Head First Mobile Web and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in getting a grounding in the increasingly important mobile web development arena.
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on 2 May 2013
This book is pushing 18 month old, these things age quickly and a lot of the techniques shown have been superseded, especially around responsive images, mobile web frameworks and css usage. Another BIG disadvantage is that this is using PHP exclusively as the server side component...makes about a quarter of the book useless to those familiar with another server side technology like ASP.NET etc...
All in all great if you have never touched mobile web development and use PHP...otherwise I'd give it a miss.
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