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This complete, practical guide to writing mobile websites and applications shows developers how to build a powerful mobile web presence. Readers need knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and a server-side language; the examples use PHP, but are easily adapted to other languages. The book does not use J2ME, but uses mobiles' web browsers and other standard features with XHTML Mobile Profile (XHTML MP) and Wireless CSS (WCSS). Examples illustrate each technique, focused on real-world solutions, pragmatic tips, and fast results rather than theory. Whether you want to provide website customers with new ways to access your services, or build applications to keep staff up to date on the road, this book covers it: adapting content to the capabilities of target devices, saving bandwidth with compression, creating server-side logic integrated with a mobile front end, sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages, accepting mobile payments, and developing voice and touchtone responsive systems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847193438
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/7/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2008

    Excellent book easy to read

    The book is very well written specially for beginners to Mobile Web Development. However, the experienced mobile web developer will also find very useful chapters on SMS, MMS sending and Paypal. The IVR chapter it is also a value added. The book covers all the fundamental useful tools needed to develop mobile web sites and applications. It is important to remark the excellent approach showing the limitations of LCD development and introducing the necessity of content adaptation. Also the example chosen is simple but at the same time enlightening. The author has demonstrated that he has done an excellent research on open source tools and standards for mobile web development. The chapter on Mobile AJAX has been also a very good choice, as Mobile AJAX is the future. The only disadvantage I see is that Java development is not covered. Also an specific chapter on MyMobileWeb, including programming examples, could have been very positive In a few words, if you are a serious mobile web developer that needs to have a good understanding of the tools and possibilities of this technology, you should definitely buy the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

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    Mehta instructs about coding for cellphones, covering topics ranging from GUI development to accessing a database server. If you already have experience writing GUIs for desktop or web applications, then the GUI part of the text should be dead simple. Of necessity, there is a severely constrained graphic environment on the cellphone. It is good, in the sense that you don't have much to learn, and almost certainly, the complexity of your GUI should be low. Of course, the tradeoff is this very constraint. You are very limited in the images and widgets you can display. Back to basics, one might say. Hopefully, you'd have dealt with database schema and designs in other contexts. The text's coverage of this is somewhat abbreviated. Enough is given for the book's main example to be nontrivial. But this is not a database book just keep it in mind. Payment is a no-doubt germane issue for some developers. The text describes how eBay's Paypal can be used for billing purposes. The other interesting topic in the book is a brief explanation of Interactive Voice Response systems. Since after all, the user can talk into her cellphone. Just as for databases, IVRs have their own complexity, hinted at here.

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