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5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Mobile ..., 15 Nov 2009
This review is from: Mobile Design and Development: Practical concepts and techniques for creating mobile sites and web apps (Animal Guide) (Paperback)
This book describes itself as being full of "practical techniques for creating mobile sites and web apps". This is indeed the case as this excellent book covers all the basics that you will need to know in order to produce excellent websites and apps for mobile devices. It is important to mention that this book is not solely focused on the iPhone (unlike many other books of this ilk), but instead covers all of the main smartphone technologies available today.

The book covers topics from understanding the mobile eco-system, the differences between mobile and traditional design, putting mobile work into context, pros and cons of native application development versus mobile web apps, usability, testing and justifying the choice to work for mobile. All in all this book provides an excellent introduction to designing for mobile - something which is becoming increasingly more important in the current climate. With the convergence of various technologies it seems as though many of us are now carrying around small multimedia computers in our pockets, not just phones. These permanently connected devices provide so many opportunities for the budding mobile designer and content provider, and understand what makes these platforms different in vital to the success of any project.

The book is divided in half, with the first section serving as an introduction to mobile technologies and giving details on two basic principles; the need to know the different facets of the mobile medium, and the need to know how to leverage mobile technologies to address context. The second half of the book is all about how to leverage the right mobile technology for your particular need. This is key as although there are many, many ways to achieve a particular goal (when working in mobile), the most important factor for many projects will be choosing the right approach. In order to do this it is important to understand all the pros and cons prior to beginning development - as changing tact midway through a project can be costly in terms of development time and budgets!

Those looking for a technical manual telling them exactly how to master a particular mobile approach should stay away, this book is so much more than that. Mastering the technologies is merely a simple google search away, this book is about learning the underlying principles and making solid decisions throughout the development of a project. The book can be read and understood by Project Managers and Developers alike, and I fully intend to recommend clients read certain chapters of this book as well. Refreshingly honest and cleverly written, the book is not afraid to point out weaknesses within the technology and provides sound advice for those looking to make their first steps into the world of mobile design and development.

Although not an instructional technical manual as such, there are excellent examples of best practice code within the pages, and these are surrounded by explanatory text detailing the reasons for the approach, as well as any situations where it would not be used. Illustrations and diagrams are used throughout, helping to explain points in more detail, and these are of a high quality as well.

In summary, Mobile Design and Development is an excellent read for those looking to develop their knowledge of the mobile space. I thoroughly recommend it for Project / Account Managers looking to understand the approaches required for developing for mobile, and for developers looking to check any mobile specific knowledge required for making decisions regarding the correct techniques for a specific project.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably up-to-date and well written, 22 Feb 2012
This review is from: Mobile Design and Development: Practical concepts and techniques for creating mobile sites and web apps (Animal Guide) (Paperback)
This I found to be a very useful survey of the situation in mobile sites and apps. It is unusual, I believe, in being both technically informative and well written in the English language sense. Most technical writers in this area can't even manage correct syntax, which is a puzzle because programming languages demand it.
Reasonably up-to-date in a fast changing world.
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