Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming

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Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming. Scott La Counte. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 64 p. Paper $45 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1129-7).

Going Mobile is all about the fundamentals of app development. The only requisite knowledge needed before picking up this book is elementary HTML. The author has a straight-forward and thorough style that walks readers through everything: how to understand the basic terminology (for example, "mobile app" vs. "native app"), how to create one's first native app, and how to test it on users. Throughout the book, the author focuses on the guiding principle of mobile app development: simplicity. He continuously reinforces the importance of simplicity when formatting content to increase navigation and interactivity for mobile users.

Beyond the very basics, the book gives a crash course in cascading style sheets (CSS) and introduces readers to JavaScript. Importantly, the author also gives some caveats for working with JavaScript: although it has some powerful features, such as the ability to detect the size of a user's mobile screen and change the style sheet accordingly, JavaScript is not supported by all phones, so libraries should consider this before adding such code to their mobile apps. …

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