THE BASICS OF MOBILE APPS AND APP DESIGN
What are the compelling reasons for developing mobile apps with HTML5? And why are some of the web’s biggest players—including Google, Facebook, and Twitter—moving all their apps to the mobile web? In this lesson, you’ll learn four principles for designing great mobile apps and get acquainted with the concept of “mobile first” web development. By the end of the lesson, you’ll be ready to start writing an app.
BUILDING YOUR FIRST MOBILE APP
In this lesson, you’ll follow the progress of employees at a fictitious company as they build a mobile app. In the process, you’ll set up your tools and get your hands dirty with some real HTML5 code.
HTML5 is the latest version of the markup language of the web. In this lesson, you’ll learn why web developers and mobile developers are so gung-ho for HTML5. More importantly, you’ll find out how you can use it to write your own web pages. By the end of the lesson, you’ll understand the basics of markup languages and HTML5 syntax.
FORMATTING HTML5 WITH CSS3
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are an extremely important part of modern web design. In this lesson, you’ll use CSS to format HTML documents. This lesson also looks at the new capabilities that are possible with CSS version 3.
JUMP-START YOUR APP WITH JQUERY MOBILE
ACCESSING DEVICE FEATURES AND STORAGE
By accessing built-in device features such as offline storage and location services, you can make your mobile web apps much more dynamic. In this lesson, you’ll learn what’s possible and how to do it.
WEB APIS AND MASHUPS
No web app is an island. Hundreds of app developers have made certain features of their software available using Web Application Programming Interfaces. By using these APIs to retrieve data and then combining different data sources, you can create endless combinations called mashups.
HTML5 GRAPHICS AND ANIMATION
Graphics and animation can really spice up your mobile apps. The mobile web has special requirements and technologies that you need to be aware of, however. In this lesson, you’ll learn to optimize your graphics for the mobile web.
OPTIMIZING FOR MOBILE DEVICES
Smartphones and tablets come in different shapes and sizes. In this lesson, you’ll learn to make your web app look good on the largest possible variety of devices. You’ll also add some meta tags that will give your app more polish on iPhone and Android, and then focus on touch-enabling your app.
MAXIMIZING MOBILE PERFORMANCE
A responsive app doesn’t keep the user waiting. In this lesson, you’ll learn some techniques to make your app responsive. You’ll also try out some tools that will help you check and improve your site’s responsiveness.
CONVERT YOUR APP TO A NATIVE APP
Native apps give you access to more device features and to the distribution power of an app store. Learn how to use PhoneGap to convert your web app into a native one for multiple mobile operating systems.