Phonegap and AngularJS for Cross-platform Development – Book Review

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PhoneGap and AngularJS for Cross-platform DevelopmentPhoneGap and AngularJS for Cross-platform Development by Yuxian, Eugene Liang

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reason I have rated this book 3/5 is that I find it incomplete. Print quality and arrangement of content is good as other Packt books and that enabled to it score good part of this rating.

When I got my review copy from publisher, while working on a Phonegap project I was excited to try AngularJS and Phonegap combo in my ongoing project, replacing the existing conventional way of handling pages and data in Phonegap application (thats creating different pages and navigating to those, showing preloaders while fetching data or reloading entire page).

However, I didn’t find it as a cookbook from which I can adopt tech skills and implement immediately in the application I was building. So I paused this book for a while and shipped that app with the old way, while reading other books as my hobby.

Then I returned back to this book and started following it with its own samples. This book is using AngularJS and Phonegap to build a To Do list application. Enhancements like FB login, CSS3 UI and animations are made in the basic application to make it a complete app.

However there is lack of information about Angular framework and Phonegap itself. That move the target audience to intermediate to advance from starters. And if target audience is of that level then there isn’t much for them in this book. But if you just learnt AngularJS and have handy experience with Phonegap, then you will get a good idea how to combine both.

Overall I won’t refer this book to any beginner or advanced reader. But if you are a student or hobbyist developer who is building Phonegap apps in a conventional way, and want to change that to SPA, then grab a copy of the book and experimenting with sample code provided will be helpful.

PS: I got this book as a review copy from publisher. You can get your copy from their website