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Re: mobile web design: resources?

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Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 25 Aug 2010 18:03:39 -0400

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And Michael Doran's own Code4Lib conference presentation is also worth a glance, if you like (or are neutral towards) videos instead of texts. 

Oops, except it looks like maybe video isn't available yet?  What ever happened to the video from the last conf?  Or is it available but not linked to from the presentation page? Well, anyway, here's powerpoints. 

http://code4lib.org/conference/2010/doran
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From: Code for Libraries [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Doran, Michael D [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:46 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] mobile web design: resources?

Hi Ken,

> Does anyone else have a favorite book or three for this kind of work?

If you're looking for web page and web app development vs. native app development, you might want to consider these books:

  Mobile Design and Development: Practical concepts and techniques for creating mobile sites and web apps
  By Brian Fling
  Publisher: O'Reilly Media
  Released: August 2009
  http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596155452

  Programming the Mobile Web
  By Maximiliano Firtman
  Publisher: O'Reilly Media
  Released: July 2010
  http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596807795

I just bought copies of both, but won't get to read them until I return from vacation in September, so can't provide any reviews yet...

You'll also probably want to investigate some of the freely-available mobile web development frameworks like iUI, iWebKit, and jQTouch.  Note that some of the documentation on the iPhone developers website focuses on *web* development and is excellent.

Also be aware that for cross-platform mobile testing and development, the various mobile device SDKs (e.g. for iPhone, Android, Palm OS) come with simulators.

-- Michael

# Michael Doran, Systems Librarian
# University of Texas at Arlington
# 817-272-5326 office
# 817-688-1926 mobile
# [log in to unmask]
# http://rocky.uta.edu/doran/


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ken
> Irwin
> Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 11:55 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [CODE4LIB] mobile web design: resources?
>
> Hi all,
>
> Forking off from the mobile-detection thread:
>
> Does anyone have any favorite books, articles, websites, etc. for the real
> "how to" business of building mobile-friendly websites. I have been astonished
> at the apparent dearth of such books, and was delighted earlier this year to
> discover Jonathan Stark's Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
> from O'Reilly (2010); he has an Android-oriented version of the book coming
> out soon too. Although the book contains a lot about designing web pages, the
> app-building orientation of the book means that it gives short shrift to
> cross-platform compatibility. What I really want to find is a good guide to
> "building simple websites that will work on any smartphone, yea, verily, even
> BlackBerry." (I don't know about anyone else, but I have found BB to not
> support a lot of things that work well on Droids and iThings.)
>
> For a shorter introduction, I belatedly discovered this article:
> Mobile Websites With Minimum Effort.
> Authors:    Wisniewski, Jeff
> Source:    Online; Jan/Feb2010, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p54-57, 4p
>
> The number-one thing that I learned from Stark's book is something that I had
> struggled for the longest time with: why does my iThing make all web pages
> look tiny? The answer: iThings assume that all web pages are 980px wide, and
> you've got to disabuse them of that notion by the simple expedient of defining
> a viewport in the page header:
> <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width">
> (there are several variations of this, and knowing the key word helps to find
> the rest.)
>
> Does anyone else have a favorite book or three for this kind of work?
>
> Ken

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