RESS Essentials

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  • 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

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.

  • 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
Page Count 134
Course Length 4 hours 1 minutes
ISBN 9781849696944
Date Of Publication 24 Oct 2013


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