Book Review: PhoneGap 3.x Mobile Application Development

PhoneGap 3.x Mobile Application Development
Kerri Shotts
“Create useful and exciting real-world apps for iOS and Android devices with 12 fantastic projects”
Packt Publishers

Book Cover: PhoneGap 3.x Mobile Application Development

Book Cover: PhoneGap 3.x Mobile Application Development

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Book review: PhoneGap Mobile Application Development Cookbook, by Matt Gifford

October 2012. Published by Packt Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84951-858-1.
Packt asked me to review the book, which I did in PDF format.

About the author: “A regular presenter at national and international conferences, Matt Gifford also contributes articles and tutorials in leading international industry magazines, as well as publishing on his blog (”

This book functions as a cookbook, so it creates spare apps that do exactly what they set out to do and little else. As a result, there is no disc of complicated code included. The benefit of this approach is that you don’t get lost in the programming of a more fully functioning app. The cookbook format, however, means that you will get only little more explanation of the code than what you’ll see on PhoneGap’s site. So this is not a book for those already comfortable using the code on PG’s site. Continue reading

Book review: PhoneGap Beginner’s Guide, by Andrew Lunny

PhoneGap Beginner’s Guide, by Andrew Lunny

Packt Publishing,

I’m reading the PDF version of this book, which displayed very nicely on Adobe Reader.

This book covers a lot of material (emphasis on “a lot”). This review will cover the breadth of this book’s content. It starts you at the beginning, with downloading PhoneGap and the Software Development Kits (SDKs) you’ll need to create and install applications for each of the mobile phone frameworks (Xcode for iPhone, Eclipse for Android, and Blackberry Webworks). We are introduced immediately to Git, ant, and Ruby, so we can start using them in our workflow.

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