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5 Most Useful Books for Programmers Working On Their First iPhone Web Development Project

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Over 100 million iPhones have been sold during the last 5 years. Apple has also sold vast numbers of iPads and iPods during this time. PCs and laptops ruled the world before the advent of smartphones, but the growing popularity of iPhone has changed the rules of the game. Today, a large number of users access the internet using their smartphones. This makes it imperative for all small and large businesses to create websites that perform well on iPhone.

Aspiring web developers working on their first website for iPhone can excel at iPhone web development by reading the books listed below.

iPhone & iPad Web Design
Written by Janine Warner, David LaFontaine and Lee Andron, this guide will teach readers how to take full advantage of CSS3, HTML5 and jQuery to build first-rate websites for iPhone and iPad. But that’s not all: the book also provides detailed advice on how to create interactive and multimedia-rich sites to create the ultimate web experience.

iPhone in Action: Introduction to Web and SDK Development
Written by Christopher Allen and Shannon Appelcine, this is the perfect book for someone new to the world of iPhone. The best thing about this book is that it doesn’t just focus on iPhone web development: it also gives a clear explanation of iPhone SDK development. But it is still not a comprehensive guide: while the book focuses on the concepts, it doesn’t have many illustrations or source examples. If you want to get a quick introduction to the basics, this is the right book for you.

The Web Designer’s Guide to iOS Apps: Create iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps with Web Standards
Written by Kristofer Layon, this book shows how to create apps for iPhone. The book works better for programmers who already possess some knowledge of HTML and CSS3. Using this book, readers will learn how to download and install free software for creating iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps. It also shows how to use different tools and technologies to implement standards iOS elements.

Beginning Smartphone Web Development
Written by Gail Fredrick, this is one of the best books for novice iPhone developers. It offers a complete and clear picture of the challenges and promises of smartphone web development; additionally, it gives a clear and concise explanation of the different mobile standards. It also gives detailed tips on how to make your website compatible to different browsers and smartphone platforms.

iPhone Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
Written by Joe Conway and Aaron Hillegass, this book focuses more on general iPhone development than on web development for iPhone. But it finds a place into this list because it is the best book for programmers trying to develop web applications for iPhone. The book follows a learn-while-doing approach, encouraging readers to apply the concepts and create real-world applications.

How To Find A Reputable Web Development Company

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Quite often, when you are looking to hire a web development company to run the functionality behind your website, you will also be looking for a company that is able to offer design work. Either way, finding a company that is reliable, professional and has good reviews is essential in giving you the website that you require. But how do you find a reputable development company, and what sort of things should you be looking for?

Unfortunately, it is much harder to judge the quality of a web development company then it is to judge that of a web design one. This is because the work that a developer does is mostly “behind the scenes” of the website – they work with all the functionality aspects, such as the navigation and shopping carts or payment options. There are, however, things to look for when hiring a web development company.

Doing your research should always be the first step. Ask people you know whether they have had any web development work done before and what they thought of the company they ultimately decided to hire. Do internet searches and take note of the posted reviews. Not only will this give you a good idea of the better web development companies in your area, it will give you an indication of which companies you should avoid.

Once you have found a few web development companies that you are interested in, make sure that you check out their websites. Look for client testimonials and portfolios of their previous projects. Any good developer is going to be happy to display examples of their work. An extensive portfolio is also a sign quality service and work.

Next, you should visit the websites listed in the company’s portfolio. Check out the site’s navigation, how fast the various pages load, and whether the overall design is search engine friendly. If the quality of these aspects is consistent across most (if not all) of the developer’s previous projects, then it is likely you have found yourself a winner.

Finally, it is time to contact the web development company either by calling them or using the contact form on their website. Having a discussion with someone on the team will give you a better idea of whether they will be able to complete the work you are after, as not all developers specialize in the same areas. You should also find out whether the company was a technical team of some kind that you are able to contact at any time should something go wrong with your website (such as payment issues if you have an online store). If the web developer is unable to meet all of these expectations, continue the search.