Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 Studio Techniques: Designing and Developing for Mobile with jQuery, HTML5, and CSS3

Book coverAfter years of slow progress, web designers face a host of new challenges and opportunities. Although still evolving, HTML5 and CSS3 have burst onto the scene far more quickly than anticipated. Thanks to widespread support in all recent browsers, many aspects are ready for use now—and if used correctly, they degrade gracefully in older browsers. But perhaps the biggest challenge and opportunity comes from the phenomenal speed at which web-enabled smartphones and tablets have spread. Designing and building a website has suddenly become more complex. Fortunately, JavaScript libraries, such as jQuery, reconcile browser incompatibilities and make light work of adding dynamic features to websites.

David Powers has once again separated himself from the pack. His new book is thorough—not only in its information on how to optimize your use of Dreamweaver—but also in its explanation of modern standards-based Web design and best practices. David's clarity and ability to explain complex subjects clearly makes this a book not to be missed.

Stephanie (Sullivan) Rewis

Dreamweaver CS5.5 has risen to the challenge by providing designers with the tools needed to build modern websites with HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. To mention just a few, there’s code hinting for the jQuery core library, the ability to see what pages will look like at different screen resolutions without leaving the Document window, support for jQuery Mobile widgets, and integration of PhoneGap to build native apps for Android or iOS (the operating system used in the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch).

The emphasis in Dreamweaver CS5.5 is firmly on mobile development and designing for multiple screens, but that’s not all. There’s improved support for HTML5 and CSS3, including tools to simplify the creation of rounded corners and drop shadows without images. Previous versions of Dreamweaver supported only a limited range of CSS selectors. Live view now supports them all. Oh yes, Dreamweaver CS5.5 supports web fonts, too.

There’s a lot to absorb, and this full-colour book aims to guide you through all the new features with the help of three case studies. The first one centers on redesigning a website for display on desktops, tablets, and smartphones using HTML5, CSS3, and media queries. The second takes a cut-down version of the same site, and builds a dedicated mobile version using jQuery Mobile, a sophisticated JavaScript and CSS framework designed to work consistently in all major mobile platforms. The final case study develops a simple app that stores information in a database, accesses a mobile phone’s GPS sensor, and displays a map.

The electronic version of book is available in the Safari Online Library and Creative Edge, and as a Kindle book from Amazon.

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