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5 Most Useful Books for Programmers Working On Their First iPhone Web Development Project

September 13th, 2018

Over 100 million iPhones have been sold during the last 5 years. Apple has also sold vast numbers of iPads and iPods during this time. PCs and laptops ruled the world before the advent of smartphones, but the growing popularity of iPhone has changed the rules of the game. Today, a large number of users access the internet using their smartphones. This makes it imperative for all small and large businesses to create websites that perform well on iPhone.

Aspiring web developers working on their first website for iPhone can excel at iPhone web development by reading the books listed below.

iPhone & iPad Web Design
Written by Janine Warner, David LaFontaine and Lee Andron, this guide will teach readers how to take full advantage of CSS3, HTML5 and jQuery to build first-rate websites for iPhone and iPad. But that’s not all: the book also provides detailed advice on how to create interactive and multimedia-rich sites to create the ultimate web experience.

iPhone in Action: Introduction to Web and SDK Development
Written by Christopher Allen and Shannon Appelcine, this is the perfect book for someone new to the world of iPhone. The best thing about this book is that it doesn’t just focus on iPhone web development: it also gives a clear explanation of iPhone SDK development. But it is still not a comprehensive guide: while the book focuses on the concepts, it doesn’t have many illustrations or source examples. If you want to get a quick introduction to the basics, this is the right book for you.

The Web Designer’s Guide to iOS Apps: Create iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps with Web Standards
Written by Kristofer Layon, this book shows how to create apps for iPhone. The book works better for programmers who already possess some knowledge of HTML and CSS3. Using this book, readers will learn how to download and install free software for creating iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps. It also shows how to use different tools and technologies to implement standards iOS elements.

Beginning Smartphone Web Development
Written by Gail Fredrick, this is one of the best books for novice iPhone developers. It offers a complete and clear picture of the challenges and promises of smartphone web development; additionally, it gives a clear and concise explanation of the different mobile standards. It also gives detailed tips on how to make your website compatible to different browsers and smartphone platforms.

iPhone Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
Written by Joe Conway and Aaron Hillegass, this book focuses more on general iPhone development than on web development for iPhone. But it finds a place into this list because it is the best book for programmers trying to develop web applications for iPhone. The book follows a learn-while-doing approach, encouraging readers to apply the concepts and create real-world applications.

Web Development And Facebook Applications

September 12th, 2018

These days, it is not uncommon to walk through your office and see a few people quickly minimize Facebook windows that they were surreptitiously viewing during work hours, or to get onto a train and see commuters updating their statuses from their smart phones or iPads. With the ever-growing popularity of Facebook has come the rise in requests for web developers to create Facebook applications (or apps), but what does this actually mean?

For one thing, web development for Facebook apps is very different to web development for general websites or even for mobile devices. There is a whole new language that developers must learn (known as Facebook Markup Language), as well as learning how to use the various platform components that are required for the app to work:

  • The ‘Graph API’ is the foundation of the Facebook platform – it enables developers to read and write data into Facebook itself.
  • The authentication component is designed to let the apps interact smoothly with the Graph API and to protect users.
  • The social plugins (such as the ‘Like’ button) create shortcuts for developers to make their apps more social.
  • The iframe component allows developers to create applications that run separately to Facebook, but are able to accessed through a user’s Facebook profile.
  • The mobile platform is important for developers to understand if they want their apps to be compatible with Facebook for mobile devices.

If you are looking for a web development company to create a Facebook app for your business or personal use, remember that not all companies are going to be able to do this. A web development company that is able to create a Facebook app for you should:

  • have at least a basic understanding of marketing principles. A developer may be able to create an app, but can they effectively promote it for you too?
  • have some form of experience in creating Facebook apps. Find out how long they have been in the web development business AND how long they have been creating apps; ask for examples of past work if possible.
  • have a good history of success with past apps going viral. In the online world, viral generally equals money.

It is important to keep in mind that web development for Facebook apps is very different to development for other more common applications. As a developer, there is added bounty of components that you will need to learn on top of all your other skills, and it is a task that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

What Is WAP 2.0 and What Has It Meant For Web Development?

September 11th, 2018

WAP 2.0 is not a new advancement for web developers around the world, but it may be a term unfamiliar to those who are new to the industry. Basically, WAP stands for Wireless Application Protocol and is the current technical standard for accessing information using a mobile wireless network. It is how developers are able to create websites that we can view using our mobile phones.

The original WAP Forum came into existence for web developers in 1997 and was mostly aimed at bringing together all of the various wireless technologies into a single, standardized protocol. In 2002, the WAP and many other forums were combined into the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).

Timed with this merger was the release of WAP 2.0, a re-engineered version of the original WAP Push, which allowed web developers to create WAP content that could be pushed to a mobile phone with minimum interaction on the part of the user. It runs using XHTML Mobile Profile (or XHTML-MP) which is a huge advancement on the original Wireless Markup Language (WML) that developers had to use.

But what has the creation of WAP 2.0 meant for web development as we know it today? Essentially, it made development for mobile devices much easier. Before, in order to understand WML and all the various elements involved, most developers had to specialize in mobile development. Now the learning curve for developers new to mobile web devices is very small and is easily overcome.

It is also possible to find XHTML-MP templates, aiding web developers even further in being able to create mobile web content. These templates can be easily adjusted and adapted to suit almost any project.

WAP 2.0 has also helped web development, as we know it, as the XHTML-MP language is just a division of the XHTML language that most developers are already proficient in. This enables the mobile content to be tested using most basic desktop browsers, minimizing the need for initial testing on mobile devices.

So, while WAP 2.0 is not a new concept for many developers, for those who are new to the mobile web device industry it can be a very confusing and complex idea. It is important to effectively use WAP 2.0 for creating online content for mobile devices so that users are provided with an easy to use and fast working service. WAP 2.0, with its XHTML-MP language, has made it much easier for web developers to do this.