Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 Studio Techniques: Designing and Developing for Mobile with jQuery, HTML5, and CSS3

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It’s widely predicted that mobile phones and tablets will overtake desktop PCs as the most common Web access devices within the next two or three years. Adobe is responding to this dramatic shift by focusing on new tools to develop websites for multiple platforms with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in Dreamweaver CS5.5. In particular, Dreamweaver engineers have been working closely with the developers of jQuery, the de-facto standard JavaScript framework, to develop jQuery Mobile. This is a new JavaScript/CSS ...
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Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 Studio Techniques: Designing and Developing for Mobile with jQuery, HTML5, and CSS3

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Overview

It’s widely predicted that mobile phones and tablets will overtake desktop PCs as the most common Web access devices within the next two or three years. Adobe is responding to this dramatic shift by focusing on new tools to develop websites for multiple platforms with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in Dreamweaver CS5.5. In particular, Dreamweaver engineers have been working closely with the developers of jQuery, the de-facto standard JavaScript framework, to develop jQuery Mobile. This is a new JavaScript/CSS framework designed to create websites and applications that work consistently in all major mobile platforms, including iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Symbian (Nokia). This book explores in depth the integration of jQuery Mobile in Dreamweaver, together with other new features aimed at building websites that work across multiple devices.

Using a series of practical examples, the book will show how to optimize an existing website for display in desktops, tablets, and mobile phones, using CSS media queries. Readers will also learn how to create a dedicated mobile site using jQuery Mobile. Although Dreamweaver will generate much of the necessary code automatically, the book will explain the structure of jQuery Mobile websites and web applications, so that developers can go beyond the basics to add custom functionality and design features. The book will also utilize the core jQuery framework, demonstrating how the new jQuery code hinting in Dreamweaver CS5.5 speeds up the development process for experienced developers and acts as a learning aid for those new to jQuery. Readers will learn how to convert a jQuery Mobile web application into a native app (that can be loaded on an iPhone or Android device) using PhoneGap, another open source framework.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321773258
  • Publisher: Adobe Press
  • Publication date: 6/29/2011
  • Series: Studio Techniques Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Powers is the author of ten highly regarded books about web development, concentrating mainly on Dreamweaver, PHP, and CSS, including HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery with Dreamweaver CS5.5: Learn by Video (Adobe Press, 2011). He has also contributed to four other books on web design. David enjoys a strong relationship with senior members of the Dreamweaver engineering and product management team. He’s an Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Certified Instructor for Dreamweaver, and a PHP 5.3 Zend Certified Engineer.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Dreamweaver CS5.5
Dreamweaver Goes Mobile
Part II: HTML5 and CSS3
Progressive Enhancement with HTML5 and CSS3
Adapting Pages for Mobile with Media Queries
Making Your Site Available Offline
Part III: jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap
Introducing jQuery Mobile
Diving Deeper into jQuery
Mobile Building a Native App with PhoneGap
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    sample defective

    The sample file won't open in either of my Nook readers - Nook Tablet and computer program. Hope they fix it, I don't like to buy without seeing a working sample.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Recommended - Packed with useful information

    I have been reading David Powers books for years and he is one author that I trust with communicating knowledge in a plain down-to-earth approach. David is always ahead of the curve when you want to learn new technologies. This book is one of the first books that is being published regarding Adobe CS5.5. While at first glance you may think that the size of the book is limited to the amount of information that can be covered. However, many books are more "fluff than stuff." Not so with this book, every page is packed with useful information that can propel you ahead of your competition on new and emerging technologies (i.e., jQuery Mobile, HTML5, CSS3, PhoneGap, etc.). The book is divided into three sections. The first section gives a summary of HTML5 and CSS3 with techniques on how to make them compatible with their older counter-parts (XHTML and CSS2). The second section highlights the different between graceful degradation and progressive enhancement. While many designers and developers use these terms interchangeable, there is a subtle difference between the two. Graceful degradation is based on the premise that if a feature is not supported by a particular browser, a fallback solution will prevent the design from failing completely. With Progressive Enhancement; however, a website is designed to work on all current browsers from the outset and additional "enhancements" are "progressively" added based on browser capabilities or when a user upgrade to a newer browser. New enhancements to media queries are also discussed. Media queries allow designers to style a page based on the type of media a viewer in currently using, typically, a computer, a tablet or a smartphone. A brief discussion of how to make a web site available offline is also included in this section. The third section, which is my favorite, expound on how to using jQuery Mobile (a JavaScript/CSS framework) to create an application for mobile devices and how to use PhoneGap to convert it to a native mobile application for Android or Apple devices. Users are now able to create simple apps with Dreamweaver without having to know how to code in applications like Flash, Flash Builder, Java, etc.

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