Dreamweaver CS6 Mobile and Web Development with HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery Mobile Book Review

Dreamweaver CS6 Mobile and Web Development with HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery Mobile Book Review

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Mobile web development has evolved from the measly WAP websites to fully functional websites with all the bells and whistles and fan dangles that the traditional websites that would be viewed generally on a computer. In a bid to not be left behind and left clueless as to how to catch up to this new fad, I recently got my hands on and read through the book entitled Dreamweaver CS6 Mobile and Web Development with HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery Mobile published by Packt Publishers, authored by David Karlins.

Its always nice being on the cutting edge of technology and up to date with the latest standards and software used in the development of the latest apps to bring the latest innovations to your workplace. Notice how many times I said latest? First off, Dreamweaver CS6 is the latest in Adobe’s web development IDE software releases. The author does however, (which I found to be a plus not owning CS6) give tips and notes to enable designers using earlier versions of Dreamweaver, right back till Version 3, to take advantage of Adobe-provided tools for creating HTML5-based and CSS3-based websites.

The book blasts its way through the Dreamweaver basics of setting up a test website environment and get right into creating and formatting and adding tags to an HTML5 document. Another plus is that the author tries to have some middle ground between the code and design view, showing both the peculiarities of HTML5 syntax (or structure or page code, or whichever phrase best represents HTML5’s recommended element structure) and where to find the controls and options in the Dreamweaver interface. He takes his time and goes through the innovations provided by HTML5 and gives short snippets on how to implements them. Other things he outlines include how to use Spry (Built in Javascript features), how to apply styling for both general and unique situations. He goes through the cool stuff the CSS3 can be used to do and outlines some of the compatibility issues one may have, while providing possible solutions. All this goes through how a website can be implemented on a desktop sized screen. He then makes mention of Media Queries and creating style sheet for the different screen sizes boasted by the different devices bound to access your page. In a nutshell…Dreamweaver makes this process way easier than it sounds.

There is a wealth of information in this title and it is a must read for anyone looking to keep up with, or catch up to the current trends in website development. I have been trying my best to keep up with the current trends and I was clueless as to some of the things that could be done; need to be done; and Dreamweaver can do. I reiterate, this book is a must read for all serious and trendy web developers.