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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Easy-to-follow tutorials on implementing RESS application patterns
  • Information flow diagrams which will help you understand various RESS architectures with ease
  • Perform browser feature detection and store this information on server side

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 134 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2013
ISBN : 1849696942
ISBN 13 : 9781849696944
Author(s) : Jerzy Kurowski, Joanna Krenz-Kurowska
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Web Development, Web Graphics & Video

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why Does RWD Change the Internet?
Chapter 2: Sample RWD Setup for Client-Side Development
Chapter 3: Server Side Setup – Device Detection Libraries
Chapter 4: Sample RESS Page
Chapter 5: Responsive Images Client- and Server-Side Approaches
Chapter 6: Performance
Chapter 7: Extending with jQuery
Chapter 8: Employing a REST API for RWD
  • Chapter 1: Why Does RWD Change the Internet?
    • The RESS idea
    • Controversies
      • "Separate mobile websites are a good thing"
      • "RWD is too difficult"
      • "RWD means degrading design"
    • RWD benefits
      • Freedom for designers
      • Invest less, reach out to a larger audience
    • Users
    • Developers
      • RWD evolution and experiments
    • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Sample RESS Page
          • WURFL plus screen size detection
          • Dave Olsen's Detector
          • Pure JavaScript screen size test
            • Utility functions
          • Dave Olsen's Detector plus WURFL
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Responsive Images Client- and Server-Side Approaches
            • Scaling responsive images is not linear
            • Plain CSS and Media queries – a solution with limited browser support
            • The <picture> tag proposition
            • Picturefill that mimics the <picture> tag behavior with HTML5 and JS
            • Automated creation of responsive images
            • Server Side – using one of our example RESS systems
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Performance
              • Optimizing website towards screen size or bandwidth?
              • Optimizing images
                • Optimizing image dimensions
                • Optimizing image compression
                • Optimizing the file format
                • Avoiding the use of images
                • Reducing the number of images
              • Media queries optimization
              • Testing
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Extending with jQuery
                • Twitter Bootstrap components and plugins
                • Responsive tables
                • Converting a table to an accordion element with jQuery
                • Masonry
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Employing a REST API for RWD
                  • REST API
                    • Slim PHP framework and integrating the RESS module
                    • Defining API with the Slim framework
                  • Gateway file and path setup
                  • Implementing routes
                  • Adding photos
                  • What is it good for?
                  • Summary

                  Jerzy Kurowski

                  Jerzy Kurowski, after graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in 1993, became interested in computer graphics. At that time he primarily designed for print but simultaneously he learned authoring and programing multimedia. In 1998, he started to create products for the Internet, and overtime freelance web development gradually became his main source of income. Having worked with a plethora of technologies in his life, today he tries to focus on developing the engaging user web interfaces with the use of PHP, AS3, JS, CSS, and HTML. When he is not coding or designing, he lives a highlander's life in the Giant Mountains on the Polish-Czech border in Central Europe. Follow him on

                  Joanna Krenz-Kurowska

                  Joanna Krenz-Kurowska has been working as a freelance graphic designer and web designer for 12 years. She lives in the mountains on the south-west of Poland. She spent the last few years working for clients on five continents, blogging about web design and technology for the 99designs community blog, winning dozens of web design contests and following her passions: art photography, running marathons, and graphic arts. She is a member of the art union New Mill Artists' Colony. Teaming up with Jerzy Kurowski, she creates complete digital products like websites or multimedia programs. She loves challenges like swimming in ice air holes, long-distance mountain running, or exploring new areas in web design. You can learn more about her on
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                  - 1 submitted: last submission 05 Nov 2013

                  Errata Type: Language | Page number: 63

                  In Chapter 5, the title

                  Responsive Images
                  Client- and Server-Side

                  should be:

                  Responsive Images —
                  Client- and Server-Side

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                  What you will learn from this book

                  • Write your own code to detect user screen size and store this information on server side
                  • Install and integrate the WURFL device detection library with your application–both cloud and standalone versions
                  • Apply RWD principles to write HTML and CSS
                  • Use HTML5 Boilerplate and its jQuery components
                  • Integrate other CSS libraries with responsive grids using Gridpack
                  • Create a RESS application based on RESTful API with the PHP SLIM framework
                  • Develop jQuery plugins to handle web page components in responsive ways
                  • Implement your own responsive images application

                  In Detail

                  RESS is a new methodology in the world of web design and development. It attempts to solve the problems that accompany the RWD (responsive web design) approach to web design. RESS is still in its infancy, but it is growing at an exponential rate.

                  RESS Essentials shows you how to make server-side applications smarter and more aware of a visitor's environment limitations (device, screen size, and browser). This allows you to create faster and more reliable websites. Through this book, you will build a solid base of knowledge on RESS-related technologies, while the step-by-step tutorials will help you to create your own RESS system.

                  This book is an introduction to RESS alchemy and gives you an incentive to build your own RESS lab. It will give you a broad overview of the multiple techniques used to code responsive websites in responsible ways. Beginning with an overview of RWD, you will learn the steps involved in setting up RWD for client-side development. You will then learn how to scale images using client- and server-side technology. By the end of this book, you will have learned about the implementation of RESS application patterns, browser feature detection, and various RESS architectures. RESS Essentials will also teach you how to use jQuery with some RWD design patterns and how to employ REST API for RWD pages.


                  This is a step-by-step, practical guide which will introduce you to RESS and its key features.

                  Who this book is for

                  This book is aimed primarily at web developers interested in writing applications that leverage both client- and server-side code to optimise content for various devices.

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