Paperback: 774 pages
Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (April 8, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
This was an fairly easy-to-read book. I wanted an overview of mobile web development and I got it. A lot of history but thin on details. I also simultaneously picked up the same author's jquery mobile book a realized some copy-and-pasting going on. I really wanted to focus on the big two- apple and google aka iOS and android but also go a whole lot of phone history which I did not need. Again, a good overview. Now I am looking for more meat.
I believe this is an essential book by one of the experts in the field. I read it cover to cover (more or less, skimming certain parts), but more than that I will go back to it as a reference resource.My only "complaint" (why I did not give it full 5 stars) is the thoroughness of coverage of topics is somewhat inconsistent. It seems as if some topics got a lot of coverage based on availability of detailed information (because the sponsoring company or organization provides thorough documentation, probably), and not necessarily the importance.
I found this book easy to read, and very exciting to jump to the next section and read more, I am using this book with Head First for my mobile web development at college of San Mateo.I have the second edition and it is updated which saves you time to go and read extra articles..
Should be called "the dictionary of mobile web"The book is huge and consists mostly of definitions. While it contains a huge amount of information, I find it hard to imagine a use case for this.You want to know what viewport is? Explained in the book (in the most complex and dry way i have ever encountered) on several pages. Some lines of code, but not one real world example with a tiny demo web page.Because of the price I really tried to give it a try, but in the end find myself working with google most of the time. Copy paste example code is what works best for me . . .