Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript: Making App Store Apps Without Objective-C or Cocoa

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"The future of mobile development is clearly web technologies like CSS, HTML and JavaScript. Jonathan Stark shows you how to leverage your existing web development skills to build native iPhone applications using these technologies."

—John Allsopp, author and founder of Web Directions

"Jonathan's book is the most comprehensive documentation available for developing web applications for mobile Safari. Not just great tech coverage, this ...

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Overview

What people are saying about Building iPhone Apps w/ HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

"The future of mobile development is clearly web technologies like CSS, HTML and JavaScript. Jonathan Stark shows you how to leverage your existing web development skills to build native iPhone applications using these technologies."

—John Allsopp, author and founder of Web Directions

"Jonathan's book is the most comprehensive documentation available for developing web applications for mobile Safari. Not just great tech coverage, this book is an easy read of purely fascinating mobile tidbits in a fun colloquial style. Must have for all PhoneGap developers."

— Brian LeRoux, Nitobi Software

It's a fact: if you know HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you already have the tools you need to develop your own iPhone apps. With this book, you'll learn how to use these open source web technologies to design and build apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch on the platform of your choice-without using Objective-C or Cocoa.

Device-agnostic mobile apps are the wave of the future, and this book shows you how to create one product for several platforms. You'll find guidelines for converting your product into a native iPhone app using the free PhoneGap framework. And you'll learn why releasing your product as a web app first helps you find, fix, and test bugs much faster than if you went straight to the App Store with a product built with Apple's tools.

  • Build iPhone apps with tools you already know how to use
  • Learn how to make an existing website look and behave like an iPhone app
  • Add native-looking animations to your web app using jQTouch
  • Take advantage of client-side data storage with apps that run even when the iPhone is offline
  • Hook into advanced iPhone features — including the accelerometer, geolocation, and vibration — with JavaScript
  • Submit your applications to the App Store with Xcode

This book received valuable community input through O'Reilly's Open Feedback Publishing System (OFPS). Learn more at http://labs.oreilly.com/ofps.html.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596805784
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 397,749
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Stark is a mobile and web application consultant who the Wall Street Journal has called an expert on publishing desktop data to the web. He has written two books on web application programming, is a tech editor for both php|architect and Advisor magazines, and has been quoted in the media on internet and mobile lifestyle trends. Jonathan began his programming career more than 20 years ago on a Tandy TRS-80 and still thinks Zork was a sweet game.

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Chapter 1: Getting Started

Chapter 2: Basic iPhone Styling

Chapter 3: Advanced iPhone Styling

Chapter 4: Animation

Chapter 5: Client-Side Data Storage

Chapter 6: Going Offline

Chapter 7: Going Native

Chapter 8: Submitting Your App to iTunes

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

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    Useful Book, Code Can Lose You

    The purpose of this book is to get you up to speed for creating iPhone web apps, which are the ones that do not have to be necessarily submitted to the App store for review. With HTML5, web apps are getting many of the features of "native" apps while allowing the developer to write once and then reapply across other mobile operating systems such as Android and Blackberry OS.

    Luckily, the book wasn't wiped out by Apple's change in policy regarding PhoneGap, which is a library that connects web apps to many iPhone features such as the accelerometer.

    My only complaint is that the code that is provided does not match the screenshots (the HTML is much longer) and the CSS files are hard to follow. Currently, I am trying to match what I am seeing in my app with what is shown in the book. May be just me.

    Recommendable.

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