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Beginning PhoneGap: Mobile Web Framework for JavaScript and HTML5 Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1430239031 ISBN-10: 1430239034 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (February 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430239034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430239031
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,354,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rohit Ghatol is a technology evangelist, always analyzing upcoming technology and finding the right places to apply it. Rohit is�an associate architect with Quickoffice, building its mobile suite. He is a technical speaker on various topics including Android, Google Web Toolkit, and various Google and Spring technologies. He is a Google Technology User Group manager and formerly�worked as part of the�OpenSocial team at Google.

Yogesh Patel is a seasoned developer, building Web 2.0-based applications over the last 8 years. His expertise lies in Usability and Web 2.0 on JavaScript and GWT, and he is a corporate trainer on JavaScript and GWT-based technology. Yogesh is currently working as a Project Lead and Usability Guru with FuelQuest Inc. and Synerzip India, and he is actively involved in developing PhoneGap-based mobile applications with provision for Push from the cloud.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By RT Tieken on March 27, 2012
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This book is horrid, it is lacking in both form and substance. It reads like a freshman ESL student's class notes. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS BOOK. It has the equivalent knowledge of two or three blog posts and a link to a mid-sized github repository.

Missing substance: There should be a chapter on the phonegap API. How do I interact with the accelerometer? Not in there. What are the basic mechanisms for persistent storage? Never handled -- though they do go through a few examples of creating databases. The book has a few detailed examples, but sadly these examples feel more like filler than well thought out pedagogical content (often duplicating exactly the same code three or more times).

Even worse than the missing substance is the nearly unreadable style (I would say prose, but prose implies some level of craftsmanship with the language and this book has none). What is unreadable you ask? Imagine a paragraph where every.single.sentence starts with an awkward transition like "Having said that" and "first of all" and "At the same time" where the transitions do nothing but break up the already sparse content. That's the 2nd to last paragraph on page 127. Or, how about a $50 book where they didn't even spend the time to do a final grammar read through -- the book is littered with grammatical typos. And, perhaps my favorite is that in places the spelling of words like favourite swaps between American and British spelling on the same page.

I pre-ordered this book. Perhaps tellingly of its ultimate quality, the release date was pushed back at least 3 times. Would not recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Al on May 2, 2012
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The worst written book I ever had. Even the PhoneGap website simple "Getting Started Guides" is far better than this extremely poor written book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nick on March 27, 2012
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Wish there would have been the former review on Amazon before I purchased this book. Don't waste your time...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TopProgrammer on February 15, 2013
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The Indian English is really hard to understand if you compare this book with "PhoneGap--beginner's Guide". The latter is far better than this book.
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