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Beginning PhoneGap: Mobile Web Framework for JavaScript and HTML5 (Books for Professionals by Professionals) 2012th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1430239031
ISBN-10: 1430239034
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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Books for Professionals by Professionals
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2012 edition (February 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430239034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430239031
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 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: #2,161,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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"This book covers more about the breadth and eco system for some one who want's to begin with PhoneGap and Cross Platform Mobile Application Development. For a developer who has little clue about this, the book goes and covers right from basics of phonegap, to which UI framework works with examples of integration and then proceeds towards writing your own plugin, using useful plugins like Cloud notification (Android C2DM). It also covers how to speed up development processes by effectively debugging and simulating phonegap out side Emulator and Devices.
This is a book definitely for beginners. If you are looking for depth on APIs, probably this is not the book for you."
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