Beginning Smartphone Web Development: Building JavaScript, CSS, HTML and Ajax-based Applications for iPhone, Android, Palm Pre, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Nokia S60

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Apress, Apr 15, 2010 - Computers - 368 pages
I believe in the W3C’s principle of One Web—that services and information on the web should be thematically consistent and accessible to all kinds of devices, without regard to differences in presentation capabilities. Informally, the One Web principle means that if I write my grocery list online at home in Firefox, I should be able to view the list and check off my purchases at the grocery store using my mobile phone. That said, the Mobile Web and its ecosystem are unique in many ways—in access patterns, user behaviors, browser technologies, and client capabilities. A recent mobiThinking report coined the maxim “utility is the engine of the Mobile Web”. This phrase has become my mantra for Mobile Web development and I encourage you to adopt it as well. Mobile Web content succeeds when it solves a real problem for a user on the move. Driving directions, public transportation, business listings, news headlines, social networking, and banking are all examples of content that succeeds on the Mobile Web because real people using mobile phones in their daily lives find this information to be relevant, local, and immediately available.
 

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Contents

Introduction
xiii
Getting Started with Mobile Web Development
2
Untroduction to Mobile Web Development
3
Set Up Your Mobile Web Development Environment
15
The Syntax of the Mobile Web
45
Mobile Markup Languages
47
Device Awareness and Content Adaptation
97
Adding Interactivity with JavaScript and AJAX
135
Validating Mobile Markup
239
Testing a Mobile Web Site
259
Deploying a Mobile Web Site
273
How to Play Well in the Mobile Ecosystem
289
The Future of the Mobile Web
303
Appendixes
315
Sample UserAgents from Mobile Devices
317
Sample Request Headers from Mobile Devices
321

Advanced Mobile Web Development Techniques
161
Mobile Web Usability
163
Enhancing Mobile Web Pages for Smartphone Browsers
187
Deploying into the Mobile Ecosystem
211
Optimizing Mobile Markup
213
Glossary
325
Case Study Testing Mobile Browser Caching and Performance
333
Index
337
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Gail Rahn Frederick is an expert web developer and software architect in the mobile industry. Her products target 500+ device models and have been deployed at 10+ mobile operators in North America and Europe. She advocates standards-based mobile development techniques as a blogger and conference presenter. Gail teaches standards-based mobile web development in Portland, Oregon. Her students learn mobile markup languages, mobile design and usability, content adaptation, best practices, advanced web development for smartphones and defensive programming for the mobile ecosystem.

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