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

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.