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Head First Mobile Web by Jason Grigsby, Lyza Danger Gardner

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Chapter 6. Build a Mobile Web App Using a Framework: The Tartanator

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“We want an app!” Just a year or two ago, that hallmark cry generally meant one thing: native code development and deployment for each platform you wanted to support. But native isn’t the only game in town. These days, web-based apps for mobile browsers have some street cred—especially now that hip cat HTML5 and his sidekicks, CSS3 and JavaScript, are in the house. Let’s dip our toes into the mobile web app world by taking a mobile framework—code tools designed to help you get your job done quickly—for a spin!

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Just like the term Web 2.0 a few years ago, HTML5 and app are the buzzword darlings of media and Internet folks alike.

The terms mean different things to different people—a free-wheeling semantic party that can be exhilarating or frustrating.

As a web dev, you may already have eager customers beating down your doors asking for HTML5 and web apps specifically. So, what is it that they’re really asking for?

HTML5...app...what do these words even mean?

HTML5 is a specific thing...

HTML5 is a specific thing. It’s an in-progress standard, an evolution of the HTML we know and love—the language without which there would be no Web. HTML5 clarifies and improves upon the two-decade-old markup language, adding, especially, support ...

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