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About the Author
Jonathan Stark is a mobile and web application consultant who has been called "an expert on publishing desktop data to the web" by the Wall Street Journal. He has written two books on web application programming, is a tech editor for both php|architect and Advisor magazines, and has been quoted in the media on internet and mobile lifestyle trends. Jonathan began his programming career more than 20 years ago on a Tandy TRS-80 and still thinks Zork was a sweet game.
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Its a brand new book with an interesting approach, so hopefully the downloadable code will get fixed very soon.
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The truth: it does not work. The app is based on JQTouch and even the demos on the JQTouch homepage are intended for iphone and do not really work on Android (I use Samsung Galaxy S, currently the Android bestseller).
The screenshots in the book are not taken on an Android device and I just can't make the pages look like they do in the book. Neither in Chrome, Firefox, and certainly not on the Samsung (they do look different on all three browsers, though :-)
JQTouch would be great and the webapps actually look great on my iphone - but not on Android.
So if you are looking into real cross plattform developing, you might want to skip jqtouch (and this book).
1) I couldn't get much of the code to work.
2) You can't download the full examples anywhere. Basically you have to read through the book and make the incremental changes as they occur in the text (which is often). This gets *really* annoying. Often I found myself questioning if I copied the changes wrong or if the code just didn't work. Eventually, after googling and discovering issues other people had I became confident the failure was with the text, not me making copying mistakes.
On the plus side the writing was reasonably condense and clear. In the end though, I would have been better off if I had never read this book. I wrote a small tic tac toe game (integrated with triva questions) and I felt like this book lead me astray. The AJAX approach he gives was really buggy so I ended up giving up and writing separate html files for each of the screens (WARNING this approach has its own set of unique problems). This book wasted A LOT of my time. However, I will give the author credit in that his css suggestions/code helped my project look much, much slicker.
* I'd probably give this book 2.5 stars but amazon forces me to choose 2 or 3.
Beyond that, it's an excellent reference for writing HTML5 apps, for using jQtouch and PhoneGap and for uploading to the Market Place.
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