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jQuery Mobile Web Development Essentials - Third Edition

By : Raymond Camden, Andy Matthews
Book Image

jQuery Mobile Web Development Essentials - Third Edition

By: Raymond Camden, Andy Matthews

Overview of this book

jQuery Mobile is a HTML5-based touch-optimized web framework. jQuery Mobile can be used to build responsive cross-platform websites and apps for a wide range of smartphones, tablets, and desktop devices. The jQuery Mobile framework can be integrated with other mobile app frameworks such as PhoneGap, IBM Worklight, and more. Introduction to jQuery Mobile explains how to add the framework to your HTML pages to create rich, mobile-optimized web pages with minimal effort. You’ll learn how to use jQuery Mobile’s automatic enhancements and configure the framework for customized, powerful mobile-friendly websites. We then dig into forms, events, and styling. You'll see how jQuery Mobile automatically enhances content, and will find out how to use the JavaScript API to build complex sites. We’ll introduce you to how jQuery Mobile can be themed as well looking into how JavaScript can be used for deep sets of customizations. The examples are ready to run and can be used to help kick-start your own site. Along the way, you will leverage all the concepts you learn to build three sample mobile applications.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
jQuery Mobile Web Development Essentials Third Edition
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HTML as a native application

For most folks, creating a native application on a platform, such as Android or iOS, requires learning an entirely new programming language. While it is always good to learn new languages and expand your skill set, wouldn't it be cool if you could take your existing HTML skills and use them natively on a mobile device?

Luckily, there is one such platform PhoneGap (, which is an open source project that allows you to take HTML pages and create native applications. This code is entirely free and can be used to develop applications for iOS (both iPhone and iPad), Android (again both phones and tablets), Blackberry, WebOS, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, Symbian, and Bada. PhoneGap works by creating a project in the native environment and pointing to an HTML file. Once it is set up, you can use your existing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills to create the UI and the functionality of your application.

Even better, PhoneGap provides additional...