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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Absolute Beginner Book. Good Introduction to subject. Dec 22 2011
By Shanmuga Sundaram D - Published on
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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.
6 of 6 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.
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..
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Kinda Old May 10 2012
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I think it would be better just reading the apache cordova documentation than buying this book at this time. Most of the examples come directly from the docs anyway.
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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.