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Palm Webosby Mitch Allen
Synopses & Reviews
A Note from the Author and from O'Reilly Media about what this book does--and doesn't--do:
Palm webOS is a brand new platform and represents a very different type of operating system where the web runtime is used as the basis for the UI and Application model. Palm and O'Reilly felt that it was important to have a book available to help developers get a basic understanding of the new Palm platform at the time that the SDK was released; this timing played a major role in the content and structure of the book.
Ideally this book would have been a complete reference of the new platform but that wasn't possible since the content was written at the same time as the software SDK was being developed by the Palm engineering team. The book does provide a complete overview of Palm webOS, a thorough description of the application model and gives details on many key design concepts. There are descriptions and examples of UI widgets, services, storage, notifications, dashboards and background applications, serving as a great introduction but not as a definitive source.
The book uses a simple News reader application to illustrate the technical descriptions but the examples are not intended to serve as a cookbook tutorial. Experienced developers should be able to use the examples to build up a working application chapter by chapter but others may not find the loose descriptions adequate for recreating the application unaided. Over time, these different needs will be filled by other books, but in the meantime we hope that this book will serve a valuable role introducing developers to webOS and giving them a way of getting started with webOS application development.
A second printing of the book will update any original coverage obsoleted by subsequent Mojo SDK builds. For owners of the original printing of the book, all of these updates are posted on the "View/Submit Errata" link (please see left-hand column of this web page).
Launched by iPhone's success and fueled by additional players in the market, mobile devices are taking off, and so are books on the subject. According to BookScan, books on mobile devices garnered more than $1.99 million in 2008, with big surge of sales in the final month. O'Reilly has several top sellers, including the first two editions of David Pogue's popular iPhone: The Missing Manual (9780596513740, 1st edition; 9780596521677, 2nd edition), and the first two editions of iPhone Open Application Development (9780596518554, 1st edition; 9780596155193, 2nd edition).
About the Author
Mitch Allen is CTO of Software at Palm, Inc. where he has worked in various positions for 8 years starting with building and leading the software team at Handspring which conceived and developed the Treo smartphone. From webOS's conception to implementation, Mitch designed the early architecture of the webOS platform and led the development team through the initial design stage and as a result is intimately familiar with the capabilities of the platform and tools. He is currently leading the design of the developer SDK and toolsets, and working with initial developers in their use of the platform and SDK.
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceChapter 1: Overview of webOSChapter 2: Application BasicsChapter 3: WidgetsChapter 4: Dialogs and MenusChapter 5: Advanced WidgetsChapter 6: DataChapter 7: Advanced StylesChapter 8: Application ServicesChapter 9: System and Cloud ServicesChapter 10: Background ApplicationsChapter 11: Localization and InternationalizationPalm webOS Developer ProgramQuick Reference—Developer GuideQuick Reference—Style GuideNews Application Source CodeColophon
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