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July 13, 2011

Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices--New from SitePoint

Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices

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Sebastopol, CA—Microsoft estimates that by 2014 mobile web usage will overtake the desktop - a sobering thought and one that web developers need to acknowledge and embrace if they are to take their businesses into the future. Sitepoint's new how-to guide Build Mobile Websites and Apps For Smart Devices (SitePoint, $39.95) has been created to show them how.

Mobile websites have been described as the most exciting development in computing since the Internet began. With the release of the how-to guide Build Mobile Websites and Apps For Smart Devices, specialist publisher, Sitepoint, has satisfied the need for developers to learn how to create mobile websites and mobile apps.

The fact that the market for mobile websites is growing is irrefutable. Hundreds of millions of people around the world now access the internet via smart devices, a trend that is confirmed in recent research results published by mobithinking:

  • A conservative estimate shows China to have 277 million mobile web users
  • In the three months to October 2010, 60.7 million people in the US alone owned smart devices, a figure that is forecasted to hit over 120 million by end-2011.
  • A growing number of mobile web users are mobile-only: Egypt 70%, India 59% - even in the US the figure is 25% - they don't even own a desktop or laptop!

In launching Build Mobile Websites and Apps For Smart Devices, Mark Harbottle, SitePoint's Co-Founder said that learning to design for the future was a constant challenge for web developers and designers.

"Designing effective mobile interfaces and knowing how to get the most out of every device is imperative if designers are to profit from the trend to mobile internet use." said Mr. Harbottle.

"The mobile apps development business alone is in huge demand as Blackberry and Android try to keep pace with the burgeoning iOS app market—iPhone and iPad app development is, of course, already big business."

Mr. Harbottle continued, "Five billion apps were downloaded in 2010 - a massive leap from the 300 million in 2009."

The new guide has drawn upon the expertise of three specialists, Earle Castledine, Myles Eftos and Max Wheeler, who have together covered the different strategies and techniques used in mobile websites and mobile apps development, including:

  • Design for Mobile
  • Markup for Mobile
  • Using Device Features From Web Apps
  • Introducing PhoneGap
  • Making Our Application Native

Three free chapters from Build Mobile Websites and Apps For Smart Devices are available for download now at sitepoint.com

For review copies or more information please email sitepointpr@oreilly.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

For other inquires, such as excerpt or interview requests, please contact Jennifer.Sheahan@sitepoint.com.

About the Authors

Sporting a Masters in Information Technology and a lifetime of experience on the Web of Hard Knocks, Earle Castledine (aka Mr Speaker) holds an interest in everything computery. Raised in the wild by various 8-bit home computers, he settled in the Internet during the mid-nineties and has been living and working there ever since.

A Senior Systems Analyst and JavaScript flâneur, he is equally happy in the muddy pits of .NET code, the dense foliage of mobile apps and games, and the fluffy clouds of client-side interaction development.

As co-creator of the client-side opus TurnTubelist, as well as countless web-based experiments, Earle recognizes the Internet not as a lubricant for social change but as a vehicle for unleashing frivolous ECMAScript gadgets and interesting time-wasting technologies.

View Earle Castledine's full profile page.

Myles Eftos is a Perth-based web developer that jumped on the Rails express and never looked back. He is the event co-ordinator for the Australian Web Industry Assocation which explains why most of their events are at the pub near his house.Myles Eftos is a Perth-based web developer that jumped on the Rails express and never looked back. He is the event co-ordinator for the Australian Web Industry Assocation which explains why most of their events are at the pub near his house.

View Myles Eftos's full profile page.

An interaction designer with a passion for emerging technologies, Max Wheeler believes interactive media should function as beautifully as it looks. His attention to detail, along with his appreciation for aesthetic and user experience, give him the foundation for crafting engaging and usable web experiences.

Since joining Icelab in early 2007 Max has worked with the Icelab team on projects across the web, print and television, for clients in government, retail, education and engineering.

View Max Wheeler's full profile page.

Additional Resources
Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices is available right now in printed and ebook formats. To download free sample chapters and view the table of contents, visit:
http://www.sitepoint.com/books/mobile1/

Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices
Publisher: SitePoint
By Earle Castledine, Myles Eftos, Max Wheeler
Print ISBN: 9780987090843  
Pages: 300
Print Price: $39.95  
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