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Mobile web usage is exploding. Soon, more web browsing will take place on phones and tablets than PCs. Your business needs a mobile strategy, but where do you start? Head First Mobile Web shows how to use the web tech- nology youre already familiar with to make sites and apps that work on any device of any size. Put your JavaScript, CSS media query, and HTML5 skills to work, and then optimize your site to perform its best in the demanding mobile market. Along the way, youll discover how to adapt your business strategy to target specific devices.

  • Navigate the increasingly complex mobile landscape
  • Take both technical and strategic approaches to mobile web design
  • Use the latest development techniques—including Responsive Web Design and server-side device detection with WURFL
  • Learn quickly through images, puzzles, stories, and quizzes

We think your time is too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Mobile Web uses a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

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This guide to designing mobile web applications provides the intermediate to experienced level web developer with practical information on the creation of mobile specific applications and the conversion of established web apps to mobile functionality. The work covers topics such as the general principles of mobile web design, responsiveness, device support, databases and classes, hybrid apps, real world successful application examples, device detection, and development environments and frameworks. This volume is part of a series of computer guides that feature a presentation strategy that includes cartoons, hand drawn illustrations, and margin notes along with more traditional code examples. Gardner and Grigsby are web and mobile application developers. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Lyza spent a lot of her youth debating whether she wanted to be a graphic designer or a programmer. These two sides pitched such a fierce battle that in the end, she couldnt remember which was which. Finally, she ended this war when she had the peaceful epiphany that she could be both.

Lyza grew up here in Portland, skipped out on high school a bit early in favor of college, and earned her BA at Portland State University. She spent a while living in England after that, attending the University of Birminghams (UK) masters program in computer science.

Lyza likes to do bits of everything. She likes things that change and evolve, and values lifelong education and figuring out how to do things. She takes a fair amount of photographs, reads like the dickens, loves wine (both drinking it and learning about how grapes are grown and processed), is obsessed with Portland and can usually be found tethered to the Internet.

When Jason was introduced to Mosaic, the worlds first web browser, he declared that “this web thing is too slow and will never go anywhere.” Within six months of making this foolish proclamation, he built his first web site and now has over 11 years of experience in web site development.

Despite his early incorrect prognosis about the web, Jason has a proven track record of identifying upcoming trends and positioning clients to take advantage of new technology. He specializes in helping customers determine the best way to accomplish their business objectives online.

Jasons expertise includes information architecture, usability, and emerging technology like social media. He has been a featured speaker at various organizations on topics ranging from web analytics to web site performance.

Table of Contents

Advance Praise for Head First Mobile WebPraise for other Head First books How to use this Book: IntroChapter 1: Getting Started on the Mobile Web: Responsive Web DesignChapter 2: Responsible Responsiveness: Mobile-first Responsive Web DesignChapter 3: A Separate Mobile Website: Facing less-than-awesome circumstancesChapter 4: Deciding Whom to Support: What devices should we support?Chapter 5: Device Databases and Classes: Get with the groupChapter 6: Build a Mobile Web App Using a Framework: The TartanatorChapter 7: Mobile Web Apps in the Real World: Super mobile web appsChapter 8: Build Hybrid Mobile Apps with PhoneGap: Tartan Hunt: Going nativeChapter 9: How to Be Future Friendly: Make (some) sense of the chaosLeftovers: The top six things (we didnt cover)Set Up Your Web Server Environment: Gotta start somewhereInstall WURFL: Sniffing out devicesInstall the Android SDK and Tools: Take care of the environment

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