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About the Author
Pawel Kozlowski has over 15 years of professional experience in web development and was fortunate enough to work with variety of web technologies, languages, and platforms. He is not afraid of hacking both at client side and server side and always searches for the most productive tools and processes.
Pawel strongly believes in free, open source software. He has been very committed in the AngularJS project and also is very active in the AngularJS community. He also contributes to Angular UI the companion suite to the AngularJS framework, where he focuses on the Twitter's Bootstrap directives for AngularJS.
When not coding, Pawel spreads a good word about AngularJS at various conferences and meetups.
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Detailed step-by-step walkthroughs of creating an application from the ground up are for me, the most effective way to learn new frameworks. These authors really seem to know AngularJS inside and out, and although they go into depth about nearly every aspect of using the framework for building a real-world, non-trivial application, they don't actually ever walk you through building that application so that you can put the pieces together. I was saddened to realize this once I got through about chapter 3, and was wondering when the actual construction of the app was going to begin. I scanned through the remaining chapters and realized that it wasn't in there. I'm really amazed. I can't believe no one else has brought this up in their review, so I decided to write this one to let other programmers struggling to learn AngularJS know that this book is a comprehensive reference, but definitely not a step-by-step how-to.
As a reference, this is by far the best thing I've come across for AngularJS, and if I were already actively building apps with the framework I can imagine it would be my go-to bible. But as an experienced programmer trying to learn a very unique and challenging new framework, this book was a huge disappointment. I really need something to walk me through building a realistic application the *right* way with AngularJS, and I had hoped this book was going to provide just that.
It doesn't. :(
Also, it's full of typos. Does Packt Publishing not have editors?? I can look past them because the authors clearly know the material, but the typos are really bad.
It was nice to see good coverage to unit tests with many of the examples. The under-the-hood introspection of many of the inner workings of Angular was very eye opening.
If the authors write a book on the upcoming Angular 2.0 and apply the two critiques above, I would expect it to be an overwhelming success.
Covers a good range topics
Many great not-so-known tips
Comprehensive "under-the-hood" deep dives
Good unit test coverage
Slightly outdated (based on 1.07)
Some code samples not fully in context
Not tightly connected to the sample app
Rather, you must download the complete application and then try match each chapter with the various places in code they are referencing. This makes it very difficult to follow, and not very helpful to someone learning a new framework.
The book (at least, the Kindle version) also suffers from a incredible number of typos, grammar errors, etc.