Creating a mobile web application should be easy: just put some HTML together and open it in a mobile browser. But most web pages that look OK in a desktop browser are unusable in a mobile browser.

You can solve that problem by adding CSS, JavaScript, browser and screen size detection and other code to the web page. But that's not easy, and you end up with a lot of complicated code for what should have been a simple application.

Don't struggle. You can use the freely available jQuery Mobile framework to transform plain HTML pages so that they look, feel and act like they were designed for mobile devices. jQuery Mobile not only helps you fit your application to the device, it's also fast to develop with it. By learning some simple jQuery Mobile HTML elements, you can quickly make your pages mobile-ready. jQuery Mobile also puts the fun into mobile development, you don't need to struggle with complicated CSS and JavaScript to get things working.

In this fast-paced podcast, Craig Pelkie tells you why jQuery Mobile should be one of the first things you look into when starting a mobile web project. You'll learn why this is such a good fit for IBM i developers, using any of the IBM i programming languages (RPG, COBOL, PHP, Java) for web applications.