Creating Mobile Apps with jQuery Mobile

Mobile Platforms
Location: E145/146
Average rating: ****.
(4.48, 25 ratings)

Mobile development is here. Everyone needs apps and mobile websites. But nobody wants to learn Objective-C, Java, C and dozens of different platforms.

Here comes jQuery Mobile, an easy to use, standard and open sourced framework that allow us to create mobile apps in minutes. Compatible with iOS, Android, webOS, Symbian, BlackBerry and optimized for smartphones and tablets, this framework is ideal for any web designer or developer who wants to create mobile experiences.

With this framework, we can create browser-based experiences and webapps and also native apps compiled using hybrids techniques. Therefore, it’s perfectly compatible with store publishing, such as Apple AppStore, Android Market, HP AppCatalog, RIM AppWorld and Nokia’s Ovi Store.

In this tutorial, we will cover:

  • The mobile ecosystem today
  • What is the problem with standards and platforms
  • jQuery Mobile and why you don’t need to know jQuery to use it.
  • Creating our webapps using HTML5 standard code
  • Creating list and AJAX experiences without coding
  • Working with data, maps and geolocation
  • Theming the UI and customizing controls
  • Offering iOS users a webapp installation method
  • Compiling native webapps
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Max Firtman

ITMaster Professional Training

Max Firtman is a mobile and web developer, trainer, speaker, and writer. Max teaches mobile HTML5 and performance trainings for top companies around the world. The founder of IT-training company ITMaster, Max is a well-known professional in the mobile web community. He blogs about mobile web platforms on, keeps compatibility tables updated at, and has written many books, including Programming the Mobile Web (available in a second edition) and the recent High Performance Mobile Web, published by O’Reilly Media. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, including QCon, Mobilism, OSCON, Velocity, Fluent, Google Developer Day, JSConf, GOTO, AdobeCamp, and many other events around the world. Max has been widely recognized for his work in the mobile web community. He is an Adobe Community Professional, Microsoft IE User Agent, Nokia Developer Champion, and BlackBerry Elite, among other distinctions.

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Jessamyn Smith
07/30/2011 2:19am PDT

Very useful and well presented information.

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Max Firtman
07/26/2011 6:34am PDT

Thanks for the feedback! The presentation and live samples we’ve done today are uploaded on this page, will be available soon

Markus Foss
07/26/2011 6:30am PDT

Thanks for a great presentation, and the hands on experience you gave us :-)

Gene Dascher
07/26/2011 6:27am PDT

Great job on the examples and the “lecture” portions. I was really surprised at the ease with which one can start using jQuery mobile to create mobile accessible pages. I would like to know WHERE we can download the presentation document, though, as I don’t see a link to do so here.

Tom Brander
07/26/2011 6:13am PDT

Maximiliano did a fantastic job, very well structured and showed a wide range of HTML5 and Jquery mobile capabilities. He presented well and covered a ton of great material in an accessible way

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Fred Willerup
07/26/2011 5:23am PDT

Really good workshop, thank you!

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Zebulon Young
07/26/2011 5:02am PDT

Thanks, Maximiliano! Great tutorial: great examples, great commentary.

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Jerry Hilts
07/26/2011 4:57am PDT

Maximilano did a fantastic job with this session. It had just the right mix of explanation and examples. He was well prepared, but without that static feeling that sometimes occurs when a speaker is overly rehearsed and overly dependent on his script.