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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).

Thanks for understanding that book publishing and coverage of rapidly moving technologies can sometimes be an inexact science; we knew there'd be a need for a book such as Palm webOS: The Insider's Guide to Developing Applications in JavaScript using the Palm MojoT Framework, and there's certainly no better person to write that book that Mitch Allen; that said, we understand that because it is such a new operating system and SDK, there would (and will continue to be) changes that at best can't be documented and explored until new printings of the books are released. In the meantime we will be diligent in posting updates to this book's O'Reilly Media catalog page.Description This is the official guide to building native JavaScript applications for Palm's new mobile operating system, Palm® webOS™. Written by Palm's software chief technology officer along with the Palm webOS development team, Palm webOS provides a complete tutorial on the design principles, architecture, UI, tools, and services necessary to develop webOS applications-including the Mojo JavaScript framework and Palm's SDK.

Palm webOS is designed to support a fast and superb user experience using established web standards, so if you're familiar with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you're ready to build applications for any webOS-based device, including the Palm Pre. You'll gain expertise, chapter by chapter, as you build a working mobile application through the course of the book. You'll also learn how to extend existing web apps to work with the new generation of mobile phones.

  • Get a thorough overview of the webOS platform and architecture
  • Understand the critical concepts for application design: what separates webOS from other web and mobile platforms
  • Learn the details of Mojo's development tools and SDK for building and testing mobile applications
  • Examine best practices, important considerations, and guiding principles for developing with webOS and the Mojo framework

Synopsis:

This official guide to building native JavaScript applications for Palm's new mobile operating system is written by Palm's chief technology officer and offers a complete tutorial necessary to develop WebOS applications.

Synopsis:

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).

Synopsis:

Written principally by Palm's CTO, this book is the official guide to building applications for Palm's new mobile operating system, Palm webOS. Since its announcement in January 2009, the Palm Pre smart phone — which runs webOS — has been widely discussed as the first true competitor to the iPhone. This tutorial provides the design principles, architecture, user interface, tools, and services necessary to develop webOS applications. Readers will learn, chapter by chapter, how to build an actual webOS application, using the Mojo JavaScript framework and Palm's software development kit (SDK).

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.

Previously, Mitch worked at Apple, after 15 years developing image and text processing systems at Kodak and Agfa Compugraphic. He holds a degree in Math and Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire.

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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9780596155254
Author:
Allen, Mitch
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
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Hardware - Handheld Devices
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Internet - Hardware
Subject:
Data Transmission Systems - Wireless
Subject:
Hardware - Network Hardware
Subject:
Computers-Reference - General
Subject:
CSS;HTML;Luna;Mojo;Mojo SDK;Mojo framework;Nova;Palm OS;Palm Pre;Synergy;UI design;app development;device development;javascript;mobile development;multi-touch;open source development;smart phone development;webOS
Subject:
CSS;HTML;Luna;Mojo;Mojo SDK;Mojo framework;Nova;Palm OS;Palm Pre;Synergy;UI design;app development;device development;javascript;mobile development;multi-touch;open source development;smart phone development;w
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ebOS
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Animal Guide
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.19 x 7 x 0.95 in 1.34 lb

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"Synopsis" by , This official guide to building native JavaScript applications for Palm's new mobile operating system is written by Palm's chief technology officer and offers a complete tutorial necessary to develop WebOS applications.
"Synopsis" by , 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).
"Synopsis" by ,
Written principally by Palm's CTO, this book is the official guide to building applications for Palm's new mobile operating system, Palm webOS. Since its announcement in January 2009, the Palm Pre smart phone — which runs webOS — has been widely discussed as the first true competitor to the iPhone. This tutorial provides the design principles, architecture, user interface, tools, and services necessary to develop webOS applications. Readers will learn, chapter by chapter, how to build an actual webOS application, using the Mojo JavaScript framework and Palm's software development kit (SDK).
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