- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 29, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596805780
- ISBN-13: 978-0596805784
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jonathan Stark is a mobile and web application consultant who the Wall Street Journal has called an expert on publishing desktop data to the web. He has written two books on web application programming, is a tech editor for both php|architect and Advisor magazines, and has been quoted in the media on internet and mobile lifestyle trends. Jonathan began his programming career more than 20 years ago on a Tandy TRS-80 and still thinks Zork was a sweet game.
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Some things I really didn't like:
The code in the main example is wrong. Some of the features that are supposed to work don't work. (which is a big no-no for a CODING book) This was appalling, especially for O'Reilly.
Secondly, I just don't think the code is really explained well enough. He explains why he uses such and such code, but doesn't really explain the HOW of it. For example, he uses HTML5's localStorage feature and doesn't really explain the core of it and how you would use it in other situautions. Or another time he throws in a 'for loop' and if you've never learned about loops before you'll have no idea why he does that.
Overall, pretty disappointed in this book, but I guess it could be good if you want to make a web app in HTML, CSS, and jQuery.
One thing I really like in programming books is the use of a reasonably interesting and complex example. Stark met that expectation very well.
If you're interested in tackling the world of iPhone app development and you don't want to build simply Web-based apps but you also don't want to try to master a C dialect, this book is as good as I've found at helping you get up that learning curve fairly quickly and easily.
And if you're like me, and learning Objective-C sounds about as appetizing as chewing on rocks, this book also will get you rolling on building your own apps for the iTunes store - but using HTML. Killer no?
Highly recommended. Great 'show me' style of explaining how the code works. No errors or mistakes in the code examples at all.
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