Synopses & Reviews
The Palm Pre is the hottest new device on the block. It's the cell phone--nay, personal digital everything--that all the cool kids want to get their hands on . . . but no one wants to use it more than developers
The Palm Pre is more than just a way-cool device, though: it is built on Palm's brand-spanking-new webOS, an operating system that changes the game for developers. Building on standards-based web technologies, webOS allows us to create applications more quickly and easily than any other platform out there using the same technologies we know and love already. It turns out to be quite fun, too
In this book, you'll learn all about the Palm Pre and webOS, their capabilities, and how to develop for them. You'll learn to write applications that function entirely on the Pre itself, and you'll also learn to write applications that live in the cloud (i.e., keep you connected to the digital world around you). You'll spend most of your time looking at Mojo, the framework API through which your code interfaces with the operating system. All of this will be presented within the context of six fully functional real-world applications that you can use on your own Pre
This book is for fairly experienced web developers looking to take their skills mobile and get a leg up on Palm Pre, webOS, and Mojo development.
Introduction When I was but a wee lass, my school the first on Long Island, New York, I remember being told got this thing called a computer. I vaguely remember hearing about such a contraption in sci-fi shows like Star Trek, but I didn t really know what it was. At that time, one of the teachers who had taken the lead there, a great guy by the name of Mr. Mincio, asked the five best students in the school, of which I was one at the time (I didn t keep that up for much longer, but I digress), to join the fledgling computer club. Four of us said yes. I m very glad I did because that decision has charted the course for much of my life. Interestingly, three weeks later, I was the only student who stuck around. Everyone else wanted out. Later that year, my parents bought me my first computer for Christmas: a Timex Sinclair 1000. That was, by any standard of almost any day, decidedly not a great piece of hardware. That didn t matter to me, though; I couldn t be happier with it, and I learned more than I can recount with it."