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Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices by Earle Castledine, Max Wheeler, Myles Eftos

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Chapter 4Mobile Web Apps

Now that we have a beautiful mobile website up and running, it’s time to give it that extra touch of interactivity. Our client wants more than a simple mobile version of their website; they want an application on par with anything the app marketplaces have to offer.

It’s a tall order, but device providers have given us a tantalizing set of capabilities that not only allow us, but encourage us to reproduce native behaviors in a web setting. If we play carefully with this double-edged sword—that is, knowing our limitations and exploiting our strengths—we can transform our websites into full-fledged apps that are a joy to use.

Setting up Shop

As a first pass for app-ifying our mobile website, we’ll set up our environment, ...

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