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jQuery Mobile: Up and Running by Maximiliano Firtman

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Chapter 2. Starting with the Framework

Preparing the Document

Let’s get our hands dirty and create the typical jQuery Mobile webapp template.

Requirements

Our HTML5 document needs to include:

  • The jQuery core JavaScript file

  • The jQuery Mobile core JavaScript file

  • The jQuery Mobile core CSS file

  • The jQuery Mobile theme CSS file (optional)

In addition, jQuery Mobile will use a series of PNG files for some of the UI but we don’t need to explicitly link them. There is also a version of the CSS file that includes both the core file and the default theme.

Before coding, our first decision is about resources’ hosting. There are two approaches:

  • Host all the files within our project

  • Use a CDN (Content Delivery Network)

Hosting the Files

If you want to host all the files with your webapp, you need to download the latest ZIP package from http://jquerymobile.com/download. The ZIP name will include the version of the framework, for example: jquery.mobile-1.0.zip.

The jQuery Mobile package does not include the jQuery core. You need to also download it from http://jquery.com (production version is recommended).

In the jquery.mobile-XX.zip package, you will find the following structure:

  • demos folder

  • images folder

  • jquery.mobile-XX.css

  • jquery.mobile-XX.js

  • jquery.mobile-XX.min.css

  • jquery.mobile-XX.min.js

  • jquery.mobile.structure-XX.css

  • jquery.mobile.structure-XX.min.css

XX will be the version number, including release type, for example: 1.1b1 for 1.1 Beta 1, 1.0rc2 for 1.0 Release Candidate 2, or 1.0 for 1.0 final version. ...

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