Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (June 11, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.1 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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This book can either be exactly what you need or a waste of your time, depending on what you're looking for. While the book summary is fairly accurate as to what the book covers, I just wanted to expand on that so that readers know what they're getting into.The first part of the book is a general overview of PhoneGap - its history, high-level architecture, limitations, how it compares to other approaches, etc. For some people, this section may be exactly what they need and the most useful part of the book since it solves one of the essential problems of software development. namely, whenever you jump into a new area of technology, there will be some things you know, some things you know that you don't know, but mostly, a whole lot of things that you don't even know that you don't know. Its this last point which the first part of the book addresses well. It raises many issues and poses many questions so that by the time you finish reading, you will at least know everything that you don't know. Unfortunately, it doesn't go into very much detail on specific issues, so you must follow up elsewhere for answers, but at least you'll know the questions to ask and often that's the most difficult part.The second part of the book are detailed tutorials on setting up various development environments. While the tutorials are thorough and fairly well-written, they don't really contain any information that couldn't be obtained easily by searching on the internet.The third part is a series of recipes and examples on how to make use of various PhoneGap API's. While this information can also be found on the internet, the commentary and analysis does prove helpful. I found myself wishing the recipes were more detailed, but this is still a useful section.