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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450502288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450502283
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rajesh Lal is an author, designer and developer with a decade of experience in desktop, web and mobile application development. He has authored two other books on Creating Vista Gadget and Smartphone Web development. He likes to take a pragmatic approach to solving problems and make extra effort to present technical details in easy to understand manner. Lakshmi Chava is a software engineer with eight years of experience in web design and development.

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Book is highly recommended for both a casual beginner to advanced web developer.
Anand Chauhan
It is very well written and contains lots of code and examples (which I particularly like).
Chris Pratt
If you are developing web widget for your company, this is the only book you need.
Elar Alexander

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Marcus on April 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
The number one problem with this book is that it was self-published and did not undergo a formal editorial process. English is not the author's first language and, while I am sensitive to that, if you are going to write a technical book in English, it should be proofread and edited for the proper use of English. The reader will encounter an unusually large amount spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors per page that will make reading this book difficult and slow-going. Additionally, the code samples were not reviewed either and the reader will again encounter numerous typos, redundant code, and unused code.

Second on my list is that it seems that the book does not know who its audience is and so, it has material in it that some readers will find irrelevant, while other readers will find that the book is lacking. Being that this is a book about developing widgets for the web, it would be reasonable to assume that the reader already has strong knowledge of (X)HTML and CSS, and has already been writing JavaScript to enhance their web pages. Yet much of the book talks about elements of the web that are so fundamental that anyone with this skill set would find mind numbing. The book makes the assumption that your widget will be hosted by a public 3rd party host and that you are writing the widget for personal gain. As such, a GREAT DEAL of the book is devoted to discussing building widgets to be hosted by or used within: Google, Facebook, Microsoft Live, Twitter, etc. There's even an appendix dealing with how to promote and make money from your widget, which hardly seems relevant to a book on developing a widget. One small paragraph explains that widgets in the Enterprise will surely be in the future and that's it. There is no more discussion of Enterprise development.
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Pros:

I really like the book and I got a lot out of it. I found the book so good that despite the drawbacks listed below I rate the book 4 stars. This should really be a 5 star book. Unlike other reviewers I didn't find the beginning to be "full of buzzwords". I found it to be a nice, slow and steady introduction to the development of widgets. I thought the Security chapter was especially useful and I liked the appendix "Understanding the Business Model of Web Widget" and the chapter on developing widgets for Facebook. I found them to be quite thought-provoking. They provide a good overview and discussion on the topics.

After reading this book I feel like I wouldn't have any trouble developing widgets of any sort; and that's what it's all about; just what I was looking for.

While reading this book I was in contact with the author several times and I find that to be a nice benefit. He was helpful and responsive.

Cons:

Apparently the first edition of this book was riddled with typos and grammar errors. I'm reviewing the "fully revised and updated" 2nd edition of this book. Despite being fully revised and updated, I find the second edition also has plenty of typos and grammar errors. Unfortunately there are plenty of places where the errors make the book hard to understand. It took me 10 seconds to find an example of what I'm talking about. Here's the exact line:
This secures our server side for display data; let's see the update data part
Not only do I expect something like a colon at the end of that sentence, I expect to see the update data part. Instead I see a new section titled "Rating Value".

I went to the support site for the book and was unable to find the source code to download despite a diligent look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By badams on September 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Let me start by saying that I'm not a web widget developer - I'm a website developer. I was looking for a book that would help me understand how to get started with adding custom widgets to my clients' sites. This book has helped me considerably, not only in developing but also understanding the process. I highly recommend it for anyone at any level of experience!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Agi on April 4, 2011
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I was pidgeon holed by my company to write our first web widget, despite not being a web developer. I didn't even know that "widget" had any actual meaning.

In my research I ran across this book, though I decided to not buy it initially; betting I could find everything I needed on the web. Unfortunately after trying for a couple of weeks, there were a few nit picky details I just couldn't figure out, so I bought this book.
Before I was half way through the book, I was able to have a beta of the web widget my company wanted.

Like other's have said, there are some glaring edit problems in the book. The first one that slams you in the face is the chapter index at the start of the book. *shakes head* Others are in code samples where, a single line in the middle of the code region just doesn't line up.

Though errors like these suggest that the book was just thrown together, the knowledge contained within is accurate and helpful.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greenbloody on October 25, 2010
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Why I do not think this is a good tech book:

1)[lack of content]: The title seems a little contrived when I noticed the book is almost content-free for the first 100 pages before the HelloWorld example begins. Full of buzz-words but not a lot of solid technical content.
2)[No Index]: This is the first time I have seen a tech book without an index at the end of the book. I am completely amazed that in this day and age (21st Century) a publisher would allow a tech book to be published without an index.
3)[Publisher]: Speaking of the publisher, this book has no edition, no date of print, no publisher information. I was half expecting it to be without an ISBN number. Almost look like the book was shipped from a 3rd world planet or something.

In short, I would save my money and head to the O'Reilly section to shop for tech books. I am most unamused by this book; especially, the tech contents.
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