We all love jQuery, we love jQuery a lot. Are you familiar with the jQuery Mobile project? It’s:
A unified, HTML5-based user interface system for all popular mobile device platforms, built on the rock-solid jQuery and jQuery UI foundation. Its lightweight code is built with progressive enhancement, and has a flexible, easily themeable design.
jQuery Mobile does for smartphones and tables what jQuery did for the desktop browser. It’s an amazing framework, but like jQuery there’s a bit to learn when using it. One resource I’ve found to be really valuable is the jQuery Mobile Book, which has just been updated to it’s Third Edition that is fully up-to-date with jQuery Mobile 1.2 (the stable version at the time of this writing). There’s a lot of new content in the book, all worth noting:
- Chapter 3: Covers the 2 new transitions, turn and flow, as well as the new transition system
- Chapter 6: The new main section on popups (about 2/3 of the chapter)
- Chapter 7: Covers the new data-mini attribute for mini form elements, as well as improvements to sliders
- Chapter 8: The section on the listviewbeforefilter event
- Chapter 9: The data-collapsed-icon and data-expanded-icon attributes, and collapsible listviews
- Chapter 11: Includes a lot of the new jQuery Mobile settings, as well as the new loading spinner and loading() method
- Chapter 13: Revamped “CityChums” app so it runs more smoothly, plus it’s updated for the latest versions of PhoneGap and Xcode, and the iPhone 5 display
There’s a ton of new great info in the book, definitely check it out if you’re thinking of diving into jQuery Mobile!