I am looking for a good mobile framework. This is for a university library, providing access to some database resources, hours and the like.

I have heard good things about the MIT Mobile Web Project and I know that some schools like Bucknell have used it and been pretty happy. Does anyone have any experience with this framework or any others?


  • I received lots of useful suggestions. Is there a way to mark a question as answered by people providing a range of options, or do I still just need to pick one?
    – Purcell
    Apr 1, 2012 at 15:33

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I have heard lots of good things about the jQuery Mobile Framework. It's still in alpha at the moment but it is usable.


For a small (2k), cachable, compact and jQuery-like syntax for WebKit based mobile browsers try Zepto.js

  • MIT license
  • supports iOS, Android, Palm WebOS
  • Interesting, but seems pointless to use a library that is designed for a single rendering engine. One of the major benefits to using a framework like jQuery is the cross-browser compatibility. If you have to write the code multiple times for each mobile browser type, then it sorta defeats the purpose. Oct 29, 2010 at 16:18
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    Agreed, but if you check out the current landscape of capable mobile devices, the vast majority use WebKit. iPad, iPhone, iPodTouch, Palm Pre & Pixi, Android, BlackBerry (new models), Playbook (I presume will be WebKit). Building in hacks to handle IE6 bugs is pointless when every byte counts in mobile.
    – scunliffe
    Oct 29, 2010 at 17:07
  • True. I guess it might be sufficient to provide a rich interface to 90% of users. I'm really not up to speed on mobile development. Oct 29, 2010 at 19:05

Add to that sencha touch, and http://jqtouch.com/


There is one called HawHaw, and there's something that facebook uses made up of the following items:

This probably the most modern approach.

Facebook Engineering: one mobile site to serve thousands of phones

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