JQuery Mobile is another evolutionary step past JQTouch. ?JQTouch is stable now (and features are included in the Sencha Touch framework), while JQuery Mobile is only in Alpha state at this point. ?
Having "learned the lessons" of JQTouch, JQuery Mobile adopts some new philosophy that may or may not be to your liking. ?Among other things, it defines a "cross platform look and feel" (though it will later add a version of JQuery's automated theme generator). ?JQTouch, by comparison, is neutral (though you have to do some work to make your look and feel look the way you want it). ?
The primary negative you sometimes hear about JQTouch is the lack of a fixed position footer and sub-pane scrolling (reason: iPhone native apps have these features). ?It turns out other smart people have solved that problem in ways that work inside JQTouch (see, e.g., iScroll).
I think the JQuery team is working on a very compelling offering, and I think it will see a lot of interest and additional community scrutiny which is good. ?But, having experimented with it for a real application, it is - at this point - a bit too new to consider for production use. ?"Watch This Space", as they say.
Best of luck,?
PS: if you need access to native device features - geo, accelerometer, etc - you'll need to use a wrapper technology like PhoneGap which offers a native/JS linkage.
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Anyone who has done mobile webapp development, quick question:?
jqTouch or jQuery Mobile??
Looking to deploy repackaged/rewritten version of a small portion of the functionality of my website through a mobile "app" for iPhone. Not looking for this to be the end solution but want to test out a feature set based on a use case hunch I have and I want to do it quickly. Don't need deep integration just yet (only reliable GeoLoc) and I've already set up the site to work with or without JS.??
Only problem is I haven't seen much written comparing the two. I'm aware jqTouch is a plugin whereas jQuery Mobile is a framework from the guys at jQuery and that jQuery Mobile allows you to deploy across a wider range of devices (i.e. tablets) whereas jqTouch is focused on small screens. My main concern is responsiveness and consistency. Just tinkering with the two demos it seemed like jQuery Mobile was a bit slow and sometimes the backtracking got jacked up.?
Has anyone worked with both? If so, which is best and for what reasons??
Thanks in advance!?
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