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Performance Tips when Developing with jQuery Mobile

Ralph Whitbeck (Atlassian)
Front End Libraries, Mobile
Location: Salon 10 Level: Intermediate
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jQuery Mobile is one of the easiest ways to create a mobile site today. Mobile development brings performance to the forefront and that is no different even when working with jQuery Mobile. We’ll explore a few ways to get the most out of jQuery Mobile and your site. We’ll look at how these tips were used in building the conference mobile site for devLink Conference in Chattanooga, TN.

The devLink mobile site was built with performance in mind. jQuery Mobile has a reputation for being slow. But it’s only true if you aren’t aware of how to make a jQuery Mobile site as fast as possible. We will show you how to make a jQuery Mobile site fast on any device.

Topics discussed:

  • Using Static Content
  • Use Multi-pages to your advantage
  • Pre-rendering jQuery Mobile Widgets
  • Using common markup for headers/footers
  • Reducing Network Requests
  • Caching for Offline Use
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Ralph Whitbeck


Ralph Whitbeck is a front-end web developer with over 15 years experience in web development including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript with a focus in jQuery. Ralph also has experience in developing web strategies, usability testing, working with ASP.NET and SQL Server. Ralph is a co-author of O’Reilly’s jQuery Cookbook and is currently working on another book for O’Reilly called the jQuery Mobile Cookbook. Ralph is a board member on the jQuery Foundation, a member of the jQuery Mobile team doing developer relations, and a co-host on the Official jQuery Podcast. Ralph currently works at appendTo as the Modern Web Advocate for appendTo’s tools and services.