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|jQuery Mobile First Look: Book review and Giveaway|
Thanks to Packt Publishing, I was able to read the book and wrote a review about it that you can read below. At the start, I was already really looking forward to it, since I never played around with the framework before. Now, you have a chance to win this book (almost 200 pages) and read it yourself!
What you'll learn from this book:
Read the review below and make sure to check out how you can win a hardcopy version of this book. Also, make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed or follow me on Twitter to get updates on more future giveaways.
Table of Contents
The book also includes two appendices: API Calls and Properties and Resources and Troubleshooting.
Discover the endless possibilities offered by jQuery Mobile for rapid mobile web development. With a tagline like that, you get met excited already. The funny thing is that I didn't knew much about this framework and heard about jQTouch first. Luckily, a great thing of this book is that the first chapter already does a dive/comparison with jQTouch and other mobile web development frameworks, and explains why jQuery Mobile is the best choice. And I must say, I'm impressed with the conclusion and I'm convinced jQuery Mobile is the way to go (especially when you read the other contents of the book). I was missing the great integration with PhoneGap though, but that's something totally different.
The next chapter dives directly in creating your first "Hello Mobile World" application, which is very simple. Personally, I'm a big fan of comments in the code, but sadly this book is missing out on that. What I'm also kind of missing, is the use of new HTML5 elements instead of
Chapter three, but especially four take a deep dive into some visual aspects of the framework. These can be pretty hard to go through if you're not familiar with jQuery/HTML etc. in the first place, and need to understand the basics a little bit more. Yet, I'm impressed by the easy kind of explaining things to the reader by the author, and showing it step by step to make stuff clear. For me, it meant I could skip some parts, but I can understand this is needed to reach out to the whole community.
Buttons and Forms can with hand and hand with eachother, which probably is the reason the author decided to place these chapters after eachother. These chapters simply dive into the power of the framework, and explains what can be done with good examples. Here, the examples do make use of some HTML5 stuff (like
The last chapter is pretty straightforward as well: Displaying List views. It shows what kind of list you can use best in several situations, which can easily be changed by jQuery Mobile. Once again, the author does this with great examples to show the reader what can be done. The appendices have been extremely useful for me as well. It shows a list of properties and methods (much like an API) and some small notes on them. When I wanted to experient some more with the framework, that's the place I needed to be.
Overall a great book to read when it's raining outside. When you combine the reading with some examples of your own, you'll be able to create your own mobile platform with the use of jQuery Mobile in no-time. And, when you already have some jQuery knowledge, you'll go through the book much faster.
Now that you know all this information about jQuery Mobile First Look, I'm pretty sure you would love to add this book to your collection. Packt Publishing has kindly decided to provide one hardcopy version of this book to one lucky Marcofolio.net Reader!
During, this contest, we'll work with tokens. The more tokens you have, the greater the chance is of winning the actual book. But how to get a token?
Simply leave a comment
Dropping some kind words in the comment field, will provide you with one token.
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Example: If you leave a comment like this. I tweeted about this contest here http://twitter.com/marcofolio/status/118198835452461056 , it'll provide you three tokens which increases the chance of winning the book. It's that simple!
Don't forget to enter a valid e-mail address, otherwise I won't be able to contact you if you've won the prize. When the contest has finished, all valid entries will be entered on Random.org. The first one that will pop-up on top of the list will be announced as winner.
So participate now and who knows you could be the lucky winner!
Rules / Notes
Good luck to everyone! Oh, and on a little side note: The Open Source Awards from Packtpub are currently running as well! Check out the OSA home page for more information.
Update: Contest has finished
Small note to tell everybody that the contest has finished. I want to congratulate Eliazer Braun for winning the book!
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