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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (Dec 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111815665X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118156650
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
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From the Back Cover

Now web developers can create cross-platform mobile apps in a language they already know

Are you a web developer eager to move into the mobile space, but don't have the time to learn a new language? Then PhoneGap is what you've been waiting for. PhoneGap is a free and open source framework that allows you to create cross-platform applications using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Beginning PhoneGap shows you how to make it happen. After a brief review on installing and configuring PhoneGap, you quickly dive into using PhoneGap to build iOS, Android, and Blackberry applications. Each chapter provides an in-depth view of different components, and lets you master each through exercises before moving on to the next piece. By the end of the book, you'll be ready to create your own mobile applications.

Beginning PhoneGap:

  • Walks you through the entire process of creating a PhoneGap application, including contacts, the camera, media files, storage options, and more

  • Demonstrates how to install and configure PhoneGap for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, webOS, and Symbian

  • Reviews event objects and event types

  • Shares techniques for working with the network, the device, and notifications

  • Provides essential guidance on mastering the filesystem, web databases, and storage

  • Encourages you to make the most of Geolocation, Compass, and Accelerometer

  • Includes an array of exercises throughout the book where you can apply what you just learned

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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About the Author

Thomas Myer is a consultant, author, and speaker. He owns Triple Dog Dare Media and specializes in Linux- and Mac-based development, including iPhone apps, CMS, blogs, wikis, dashboard widgets, UNIX systems, and Applescripting. He is the author of several books, including Professional CodeIgniter, Apple Automator with AppleScript, and Mac OS X UNIX Toolbox, among others.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Dated and poorly edited. June 10 2012
By Steven - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is already dated. The use of JQtouch was a poor choice and none of the styling examples work at all.
There is quite a bit of fluff in the book and examples have all been taken from the developer API on the phone gap site.
Almost every example has errors in it.

I recommend working through the examples in phonegap API and skipping this book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Absolute Beginner Book. Good Introduction to subject. Dec 22 2011
By Shan Man - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Just finished up with the book. Very Good for absolute beginner. Well presented and explained. If you are an intermediate developer, information on would suffice. The only thing, that bothered me was, a little too much fluff and filler stuff, which was repeated over and over.... And I was really shocked to see, Almost 80 pages was devoted in printing the PhoneGap.js in the book. Why print it? The guy can go and download it and check it out online. Save Trees guys. Things like these has made the book a little thicker. This is why I am giving the book a 4 star. Otherwise, A good and decent intro to the PhoneGap concept and idealogy behind abstracting the Native API. For an Absolute beginner.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very practical book Feb. 23 2012
By Jose Betancur - Published on
Format: Paperback
Thomas Myer book is a huge practical tutorial explaning how to start with PhoneGap, and becoming more detailed explaining the use of the different APIs.

The book was easy to read and follow. Every chapter describes the key elements for the main platforms (iPhone, Android and BlackBerry), this key points are like a checklist to me that helps reduce the time on fixing the app of each one of them..
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nice, but aimed at the beginner Feb. 18 2012
By M. Overeem - Published on
Format: Paperback
Beginning PhoneGap aims to give the reader a push in the right direction when using PhoneGap. PhoneGap is a platform for writing mobile applications that can run on iPhones, Blackberry's, Androids and more. By using HTML5 and JavaScript inside a native app users get the benefits of native apps, while developers get the benefits of code sharing and reusing. Of course by abstracting away the native platform you also loose something.

The author starts by giving a very practical tutorial explaning how to start with PhoneGap. Screenshots and hyperlinks explain every step from downloading to installing. After that the key API's are explained: media, camera, storage and more. The author goes into great dept to show all details. Every chapter describes the key elements for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry development. The other platforms are also mentioned, but in less detail.

The book itself was good to read, and it showed that the author did everything he could to be as precise as possible. However, I am not sure if the content justifies a book. Some chapters (like chapter 7 "Compass") feel more like a large blog post. The web is stuffed with blog posts about these techniques. Although it is nice to have everything combined, a book suffers from the speed of development. During writing PhoneGap released a new version, the author updated everything. But what if PhoneGap releases a new version next week? Or maybe tomorrow? To justify a book, I would expect eloboration about the technique and platform, not screenshots of applications using a compass. But that would also need another title, not Beginning PhoneGap.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Both a cookbook and a reference book May 11 2012
By attebury - Published on
Format: Paperback
TL;DR Highly recommended. Thomas Myer's Beginning Phonegap provides a useful balance between a traditional cookbook and a reference work.

Myers covers the basics: an introduction, (very) brief showcase, installation and basic walkthrough of using PhoneGap win your chosen environment. While this information is helpful, I'd researched those steps before choosing to learn more about PhoneGap and was most interested in the heart of the book, the API components.

Myers writes:
"If you're good with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you'll experience few problems while working with PhoneGap - all you need is a good introduction to the specifics of the API components, which this book will give you."

And the book delivers. Using an efficient but accessible tone, Myer introduces PhoneGap API components in separate chapters, putting all (or most) of the pieces together in basic application near the end of the book.

API Components (and chapter topics)


Like a cookbook, each section helpfully highlights differences you might encounter between platforms. For example, Android and Blackberry devices can capture multiple audio clips while iOS devices can record once per invocation. Understanding these differences is particularly helpful during application planning stages. You can adjust your app knowing that one feature will work on the iPhone but not on an Android. Myer does an excellent job of reminding you that you're working in a cross-platform environment. (Or at least will be if you publish an app to more than one mobile OS.)

The end of each chapter also provides a section of text-book like questions for review. (Answers appear in Appendix A.) I did not use these review questions, but an instructor might find them useful.

I found the book exceptionally useful and enjoyed the author's no-nonsense style. The book works as either (or both) a cookbook or a reference. Having previously researched and used PhoneGap, I now feel very well prepared to use it to create a production app.

I read an ePub version of the book on an iPad and am reviewing this book as part of O'Reilly's Blogger Review Program.