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Book review : Mobile First Bootstrap

février 11, 2014 1 commentaire

The other day, I was trying to grab a free copy of Getting Started with Twitter Flight, but instead I got a choice among a few titles and settled for Mobile First Bootstrap. Why is that ? Well, I’m mostly a Java developer, and there is no plan yet to move our 10 years old web app to something recent, but still I’m willing to keep an eye on Mobile First and the like, so I gave Mobile First Bootstrap a try.

In short, with my limited daily use of html and mobile related web apps, it was really instructive. The book does a lot to present the differences between desktop and mobile and provides helpful ways of solving them both. Well, actually, turns out the help comes from the third version of Bootstrap, but still, the overview and the solutions presented are interesting. For example, the way Bootstrap components display differently depending on the resolution is really impressive. And it’s not something straightforward to get by just looking at the github project, as I did before.

I like as well the way tools and useful libraries are covered… My coworkers already had some samples of it. IMHO it’s a part which is always bit tricky to get purely online (which tools, which libraries to go to for what), so I really appreciate.

However, I feel some parts would have deserved a deeper coverage, especially the bit about touch enhancement through jquery mobile, which then interacts with Bootstrap own’s JavaScript. If ever I want to go more into this direction, I would have to dig around significantly: the book doesn’t provide enough leads, IMHO, which it does for the rest.

In terms of target audience, I guess people already pretty familiar with Bootstrap would already know most of the content of the book. Neither does the book contain any extra hint on how to make the latest crazy hot design magic.

In the end, a book worth reading, putting my web design knowledge on a better foot. Exactly what I wanted !

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