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20 Recipes for Programming PhoneGap
Cross-Platform Mobile Development for Android and iPhone
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On Nov 29 Fabio Alessandro Locati wrote: 20 Recipes for Programming PhoneGap
This book starts with a little introduction and with the instructions to setup the environment. After this, the book starts at full speed with "the Recipes". The structure based on Recipes is what I liked the of this book.
Every Recipe has the structure:
I think that this is a very powerful structure because in this way we can learn from the obstacles that each one of us can encounter in his way while coding. Also, this structure, gives to the reader the choice of what read when. In fact, is possible to read this book from the first page to the last or to pick the single arguments that are useful to him in that precise moment.
Another thing that I really liked about this book is the fact that Jamie Munro uses in the same time PhoneGap and jQuery Mobile so you can learn two libraries in the same time and you can learn immediately to write an application that is nice to see and use.
I really liked this book and I would suggest this book to everyone is interested in using the PhoneGap framework to develop Mobile applications. Full Review >
On May 9 Hernan Garcia wrote: You will learn the basics and some more to get you started on mobile development.
The book doesn’t waste any time and after a brief introduction and some setup instructions, it gets right into it.
Jamie Munro not only uses Phone Gap but JQuery mobile to build the UI. So, the book serves as a good beginner reference for that library as well.
It’s very well organized and each recipe builds on the previous one while keeping them fairly independent at the same time. Full Review >
On Apr 11 Santosh Shanbhag wrote: Get cooking with PhoneGap
This is a small, concise book of about 76 pages containing a variety of recipes using PhoneGap to build device agnostic applications using GPS location, maps, media, accelerometers, and much more. This book assumes you already know the basics of PhoneGap and will point you to the "Getting Started" link if you are not already familiar with using PhoneGap. You will also need to download jQuery and jQuery mobile library and setup your system before trying any of the recipes. It's not that difficult though and you should be doing that before picking this recipe book.
Each of the 20 recipe provides a systematic Problem/Solution/Discussion/Code format. From simple recipes to detect if the device is ready, detecting network status changes, retrieving device information, the book advances to more complicated recipes like using the GPS and displaying a position on a map, using the compass for navigation, using the accelerometer, etc. It also has recipes on saving data to a remote server, capturing audio and video, and extending PhoneGap with plug-ins.
The nice thing about this book is that it is easy to read and recipes can be quickly tried out. I finished reading this book in about an hour. It has found a place in my reference shelf to reach out to when needed. Full Review >
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