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20 Recipes for Programming PhoneGap: Cross-Platform Mobile Development for Android and iPhone 1st Edition

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About the Author

The author of 20 Recipes for Programming MVC 3 from O'Reilly Media, Jamie Munro has been developing websites and web applications for over 15 years. For the past 6 years Jamie has been acting as a lead developer by mentoring younger developers to enhance their web development skills. Taking his love of mentoring people, Jamie began his writing career on his personal blog (http://www.endyourif.com) back in 2009. As Jamie's blog grew in success, he turned his writing passion to books about web development. As well as writing books, Jamie is currently in the process of starting a new website (http://www.webistrate.com) that is geared towards helping web developers further expand their experience with many online examples using MVC3, CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Jquery, Database Optimzation, and Search Engine Optimization.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449319548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449319540
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I write this, on March 13 2013, PhoneGap is up to version 2.5.

The book is using phonegap 1.0.

While the book isn't bad and the content may still be relevant, you will have to adapt a lot of what is written to the new version.
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By Bradut on November 5, 2012
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Just finished reading and practicing the "20 Recipes for Programming PhoneGap" with mixed feelings: by one hand, I learned many things [ I am a beginner in this kind of programming], and by the other hand I accumulated huge amounts of frustration, because the explanations were pretty laconic, non intuitive, and some examples didn't work to me.

For the good things, I would say that each recipe got me learn jQueryMobile and the PhoneGap API. The examples are interesting and useful for the future hybrid apps I may write sometime. I liked that, when explaining the "Accessing the Camera and Photo Album", the author realized that in the simulator we cannot use the camera [seems to be a bug introduced with Android 2.2], and explained how to use the photo library instead. This was helpful especially for the next chapter, which demonstrated how these images could be sent to a remote server. I would only add [for other readers] that, in order to get the pictures in the simulator, one may use the simulator's web browser app to download images from internet.

Unfortunately, not all things were so good:
- From the very beginning it was not obvious that these examples will work only packaged as PhoneGap applications, and they will not work in a Webkit browser. I had this problem because I wanted to use the JavaScript debuggers provided by Safari and Chrome to see how the code worked. [Some examples can actually run in desktop browser after installing the Ripple Emulator plug-in for Google Chrome].
- The very interesting recipe "Saving data to a Remote Server" didn't work, [at least with author's server].
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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.
I will recommend you read the book in order the first time. It will give you a good idea of the capabilities and how some of the features and code builds on the previous chapter.

When using it as a reference you should have no problems going to a particular chapter.

You will learn from dealing with the device status, to interact with the GPS, notifications, contacts, internal storage and more.
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Keeping in mind that this book is less than 100 pages and very affordable, there isn't much to complain about. The book satisfied my goal of picking up some PhoneGap background. The book is a collection of 20 code recipes. It could be improved by starting with a PhoneGap/Cordova tutorial and omitting everything about legacy BlackBerry support. If you're looking for a quick read for some PhoneGap knowledge and some reference material to keep on your Kindle the book will serve that purpose. Up to date information is best found online. A newer addition of the book that covers popular plugins like the Facebook connector would be welcome.
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