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Smashing Mobile Web Development by Greg Avola

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Mobile Testing Techniques

Most programmers tend to write once and never revisit their code to improve the syntax. With programming, there are many ways to perform the same action; however, not all ways provide the best performance. Refactoring is the method in which you revisit your code and tweak certain aspects for better performance.

Most of the time, developers tend to refactor their code based on browser testing. This is the result of seeing the web page rendering on older browsers, which may have performance issues with CSS3. The Corks application is targeted toward mobile devices. Here are some tips to keep in mind during your testing approaches:

Device and emulator tests are completely different: Make sure you test your app on the actual device to see if memory usage comes into play. For example, some apps run smoothly in Safari for a desktop computer, but don’t render very well on a mobile device. As a developer, sometimes it’s easy to forget the CPU and RAM power of a mobile device.

Use HTML5 features and functionality that will support your users: When building your app, make sure you use features in HTML5 that your primary device supports. For example, because you use Web SQL in Corks, your application will not work in non-WebKit browsers, such Mozilla Firefox. Perhaps you knew this going into the build, but did not discover this during your testing phase. Using HTML5 features that your primary device supports makes your life a lot easier when choosing what tools ...

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