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An introduction to web-application development for mobile within the iOS Safari browser with this book and ebook


Simple and complex problems will be covered with examples and resources that backup the approach and technique.
Real world solutions that are broken down for multiple target audiences; from beginner developers to technical architects.
Learn to build true web applications using the latest industry standards for iOS Safari.

In Detail

Create compelling web applications specifically tailored for distribution on iOS Safari. Work through real world examples with references, and in-depth discussions on the approach; including its benefits and drawbacks.

"HTML5 iPhone Web Application Development" strives to teach all levels of developers, beginners and professionals, the process of creating web applications for iOS Safari. Utilizing current industry standards for frontend development, learn to take advantage of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript to create compelling software.

Start with reviewing current industry standards for frontend development, and end with creating a native application using the same codebase.

Your journey will begin with an overview of current industry standards for frontend technology, quickly moving to solve real world issues; from creating a resizable or responsive gallery, to creating a single page application that utilizes the popular Backbone.js framework.

"HTML5 iPhone Web Application Development" aims to make you an expert in developing web applications for the iOS Safari platform.

What you will learn from this book

Explore exciting HTML5 features such as Geolocation and localStorage
Responsive design implementation
Native application development using PhoneGap
Get to grips with current industry standards
Develop touch-based interactivity
Learn about Safari specific UI enhancements
Find solutions to every day real world problems


Presented in an easy to follow, step by step tutorial format, this is your guide to web application development for the iOS Safari

Who this book is written for

This book was meant for you! From the beginner developer to chief technology officer, this book aims to make you an expert in the field of web application development for iOS Safari. Familiarity with HTML, CSS and JavaScript are greatly encouraged but if you're looking to dive right in and find solutions to everyday problems and more, then this book is for you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849691024
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/24/2013
  • Pages: 338

Meet the Author

Alvin Crespo is a creative technologist strongly focused on delivering compelling user experiences through the use of frontend technologies. Utilizing the latest industry standards, he strives to move the web forward promoting open source technologies. Having worked in startup and agency environments, he has helped build and architect complex applications for both medium to large sized companies.


First and foremost I would like to thank my lovely wife, Janice Smith, for helping me produce this book. This has only been possible through the love and support you have given me. To my friends and family who have been there throughout the process, my love and endless thank you's cannot express how awesome you all are.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

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    It is of course not just HTML5 that is covered by the book, as p

    It is of course not just HTML5 that is covered by the book, as perhaps could be inferred from the title. CSS3 is the twin of HTML5 and the narrative discusses in detail how the 2 can be used to improve your iPhone offerings.

    For example, one section explains how CSS3 lets you delegate renderings in Safari (which is Apple's native browser) down to the hardware. Whereas alternatives prior to CSS3 for Apple hardware, and alternatives for Android, need the renderings to be controlled via javascript. Anytime you can let hardware do the work is a speedup over software, in general. And it also tends to reduce the size of your source code; hence reducing the chances of errors. So a hardware speedup and a diminishing of errors!

    The book also goes into more conventional areas. Like describing the Model View Controller pattern, which the reader should be well familiar of prior to this. Or the use of geolocation with Google Maps, via the App.Location. Many applications need location awareness. It has emerged as a fundamental feature and one chapter gives a good set of examples.

    Another improvement is the ability to save data onto the phone via the localStorage API. Typically, storage has consisted of accessing offline storage via the network. But what if the network is inaccessible, which can often happen. Or if the bandwidth is so low that storing offline takes too long. Local storage avoids all this and of course is always there. Assuming enough vacancy for your needs.

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