Successful students are web developers or designers with proficiency in the following skills:
- HTML and/or XHTML
- .NET, PHP, Java/JSP or other web programming language (desired but not required)
Complete these tasks to familiarize yourself with the mobile ecosystem and prepare your technology environment for course assignments.
- Review the Glossary of Mobile Industry Terms.
- Install the recommended free software for mobile web development.
- Configure the web server to support MIME types for mobile markup.
- Keep sample mobile user-agents handy for emulating mobile browsers when developing and testing a mobile web site.
These lessons provide a basic understand of the syntax, semantics and deployment of mobile web sites.
Review course syllabus and glossary of industry terms. Install and configure required free software. Tour popular mobile web sites in XHTML and WML. Choose a topic for the course project.
Mobile Markup Languages
Explore syntax of popular mobile markup languages, including WML, XHTML-MP and wireless CSS.
Mobile Web Design
Study design principles and best practices for creating usable mobile web sites. Evaluate and critique examples of great and poor mobile web design.
Content Adaptation (aka Device Adaptation)
Techniques for providing the best user experience possible within the limits of the mobile browser and device. Explore image scaling, transcoding, text truncation and graceful markup degradation. Learn how to optimize mobile markup for families of related devices.
Markup Optimization and Validation
How to generate syntactically correct and compressed mobile markup. Explore automated and manual validation techniques for syntax and usability.
Testing and Deploying a Mobile Web Site
How to test a mobile web site using Firefox, mobile browser emulators and devices. Study the importance of testing on actual mobile devices. Learn how to deploy a mobile version of an existing desktop web site and route browsers to the appropriate version.
Acquiring Mobile Traffic
Drive mobile traffic to a site using mobile SEO, keyword research, search engine submission, operator partnerships. Learn how to advertise your site on mobile devices.
Monetizing Mobile Traffic
How to integrate advertising into a mobile web site to monetize mobile traffic.
Analyzing Mobile Traffic
How to analyze mobile traffic patterns.
These lessons provide expertise in developing a robust, adaptive mobile web experience that is a responsible member of the mobile ecosystem.
Optimizing for Advanced Mobile Browsers
Creating advanced site features for capable mobile web browsers, i.e. Opera Mobile, Pocket IE, Safari Mobile, etc.
Mobile Development Frameworks
Explore frameworks for developing mobile web sites. Evaluate their usefulness and return on investment vs. producing hand-coded mobile web pages.
Playing Well in Mobile Ecosystems
Operators, transcoders and caching proxies, oh my!
Advocating for Rights of Mobile Developers and Mobile Content
How to protect the copyright and content integrity of a mobile web. How to protect your site against operator or search engine re-formatting. Where to advocate for your rights as a mobile web developer.