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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849515905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849515900
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,604,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Giulio Bai is a law student living in Italy who spends most of his time toying with stuff that doesn't have anything to do with law.

Even after trying to keep the list of his past achievements as short as possible, the number of projects he joined in (and invariably sunk short thereafter) makes it hard to narrow down his interests to programming and alcohol alone.

It should be made clear that any claim of responsibility for those unfortunate ventures is wholeheartedly rejected--they never had the necessary potential to make it anyway.

He also has a blog: buup.mephir.com

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About the Author

Giulio Bai is a law student living in Italy who spends most of his time toying with stuff that doesn't have anything to do with law. Even after trying to keep the list of his past achievements as short as possible, the number of projects that he joined in (and that invariably sunk shortly thereafter) makes it hard to narrow down his interests to programming and carousels alone. It should be made clear that any claim of responsibility for those unfortunate ventures is wholeheartedly rejected - they never had the necessary potential to make it anyway.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. J. Sutherland on 11 July 2011
Format: Paperback
With institutions like the Financial Times moving away from native mobile applications, in favour of the increased delivery control and flexibility provided by mobile web application, the future looks very bright for those who have honed traditional web development skills like JavaScript, HTML, CSS and of course jQuery. To make the most of them for mobile development though, you'll need a helping hand and this book is just that.

Starting (as every book of its type should) with basic setup and configuration, the book quickly moves you into practical subjects like Page, Dialogues, Interaction, Event Handling, Navigation and of course the ever popular topic of Custom Themes. Each topic is covered in detail and accompanies with example code to help you understand the implementation of the subject at hand.

While the book focusses on jQuery Mobile (as well it might given the title), it does provide the reader with many insights on mobile development in general, taking time to explain where jQuery Mobiles excels in what is becoming a crowded playing of competitive mobile development technologies.

All in all, great for those with a general understanding of web development who would like extend their skills into the mobile arena.
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This book serves as a great overview of the jQuery Mobile API. The book goes over the main areas you need to know about as a new comer to the framework. For the more experienced, as I am, I found the book to be useful for uncovering the methods we can use to manipulate a project programmatically (i.e. with JavaScript rather than writing static HTML with the relevant classes applied). Because the official documentation is not yet fully complete, this book is invaluable, with each plugin's API laid out. The book also includes handy references to things such as ui-icon attribute names, for example.

The book is also very friendly to users who may be unfamiliar with some of jQuery's more advanced features and design patterns, with plenty of explanatory pull-quotes and helpful tips. This book should definitely be your first reference point to get a good overview of what's possible and how the framework is set up. There are more books on jQuery Mobile due to be released in the coming months which can help build upon the basics laid out here.
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jQuery Mobile First Look
As a long term user of the jQuery library for web applications I found this book was a great introduction to using jQuery for mobile applications, giving explanations not only of the differences with the web version but also of mobile application requirements. The book starts by explaining the jQuery framework and discussing the differences with other mobile frameworks before moving on to configuration and extending jQuery over the first three chapters. The rest of the book concentrates on techniques for mobile applications including dealing with navigation, the use of AJAX with forms and list views for organising and laying out content. At the end of the book is an appendix which presents a useful list of API calls and properties for jQuery Mobile internals.

In all I found this a great book to get a handle on using this new version of an old favourite.
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This book describes the alpha version of JQM (the production version has changed substantially) and (apart from this) also contained numerous errors - for example its really lame comparison of JQM against other frameworks.

It is little more than an early rehash of the jQuery Mobile demo application.

I expect first-look books to be a little light and unpolished, but this was defintely the weakest book that I purchased in 2011.
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A good first look for early adopters 20 July 2011
By Phillip Senn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
With a technology so nascent as jQuery mobile, it's important to note how to load the latest version, because by the time this book went to press, jQuery Mobile had already come out with an update. The author shows how to load 1.0 Alpha 2, but it would have been better to show how to always get the latest version off the CDN.

I spend the extra money to buy books over and above the documentation because I want to learn how the authors have overcome the struggles that I might have while reading the same documentation. On page 73, he states "The use of grids, though perfectly legitimate, is somewhat discouraged, due to the narrow screen width...". Tips like that are good to know! Typically the documentation will only show you the syntax and leave it up to you to figure out that the examples don't really work out in reality.

I also want to know of any techniques they've come up with on their own. For instance, on page 59, the author states "I found out that, if we bind the orientationchange event to the window object, we can work with the window.orientation property". This is a welcome snippet.

With only 198 pages, one might be suspect the retail price to not be worth it, but it's the early adopters that will reap the benefits. So I so "Go for it!". There are two types of learning: you can Google something or you read a book. With Google, you're finding the answer to a specific question. With a book, the author is taking you on a journey of destinations that you didn't know exist. Since mobile is reinventing everything all over again, there are many such destinations. It's good to have both: answers to those immediate questions, but you also need to have retrospection, which is what reading a book is all about.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Needs more examples 13 Oct. 2011
By intrepidscout - Published on Amazon.com
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This isn't a BAD book, but it doesn't give enough information for you to really get going with jQuery mobile. It goes through all the parameters and commands, but doesn't really tell you how to implement them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Just what I expected 29 Aug. 2011
By W van der Ploeg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the introduction the book was described as a book for JQuery developers who want to know more about developing for mobile platforms. And that is exactly what it is. As expected with books from Packt publishing, the book is professional and to the point. It gave me the information I needed to start with mobile web-apps.

Recommended!
jQuery Mobile: First Look 24 Aug. 2011
By Aaron D. Mc Adam - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book serves as a great overview of the jQuery Mobile API. The book goes over the main areas you need to know about as a new comer to the framework. For the more experienced, as I am, I found the book to be useful for uncovering the methods we can use to manipulate a project programmatically (i.e. with JavaScript rather than writing static HTML with the relevant classes applied). Because the official documentation is not yet fully complete, this book is invaluable, with each plugin's API laid out. The book also includes handy references to things such as ui-icon attribute names, for example.

The book is also very friendly to users who may be unfamiliar with some of jQuery's more advanced features and design patterns, with plenty of explanatory pull-quotes and helpful tips. This book should definitely be your first reference point to get a good overview of what's possible and how the framework is set up. There are more books on jQuery Mobile due to be released in the coming months which can help build upon the basics laid out here.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Helped me "survive" 22 July 2011
By Alan Fahrner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I titled my review "Helped me 'survive'" because after being out for work for quite a while I was offered a job writing a mobile interface for a ticketing system (something to be used outside a box office to quickly sell tickets to folks in line). I wanted to have something that looked professional, but didn't require me to do a whole bunch of GUI work (I'm more of a web developer than a web designer).

jQuery Mobile seemed to fit the bill even though it was still alpha at that point (it's now beta). Online documentation was fairly comprehensive, but I needed something to give me a better jump-start (especially since I dabble in programming...I've never made a living in it).

Giulio Bai's book fit the bill perfectly. After reading through it I was able to hit the ground running...was able to build a fast, fully functional, and great looking interface...and received my first real paycheck since being laid off! :-)

If you are looking to get started with jQuery mobile, or have a manual help you understand its features, this will be an effective book for you. It was worth every penny I spent on it (and more).
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