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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6/23/09 Downloading the SDK, part II

I bought a new APC power strip at the local Staples and replaced the old one. On the upgrades screen I unchecked all the upgrades except for the Mac OS upgrade (449MB) to save time (took about 15 minutes), and clicked to restart. When the restart was finished, a window displayed the iPhone files I downloaded earlier. I clicked on the file that installs the iPhone SDK and Xcode. A screen welcomed me and said it would download both files. Hoorah!

The next screen was a puzzle. It was titled “Software License Agreement” and was completely blank. When I clicked on Continue a notice rolled down like an old-time window shade saying that I had to click on Agree or Disagree. Luckily, it presented both buttons right there, so I clicked on Agree. I wonder what I had agreed to? (I had also clicked on Save, but nothing outward happened.) Continue reading

6/21/09 Keyboard fixed and up and running

Sunday (Father’s Day)

This morning I still had not received an answer to my question, so I went to and created an Apple ID and posted the question there.

That same morning, I received this wisdom:

“It is not uncommon for PS2->USB adapters not to work with any particular model of Mac. Your options are to 1) try another brand of adapter or 2) try a KVM switch that handles both PS2 and USB or 3) get a usb keyboard or bluetooth wireless. (A wired usb keyboard is likely to be less troublesome than the bluetooth at this time.) You can find a Logitech usb keyboard (PC) at Walmart (for example) for about $12 US.” Thank you very much for the helpful answer!

I picked up a USB Kensington keyboard for under $20 at Office Depot. I plugged it in and the Mac had trouble. It asked me to click on the keys right next to the Shift keys. Once I did so, the Mac had no problems. I still had no Internet hookup at this time (Ethernet cable was too short to reach!). Continue reading

6/20/09 Getting the Mac Mini

Bought my Apple Mini today at the Apple Store in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California, with my Dad. We were told to wait in line, for the store was full. Another longer line was filled with people who had reserved the new iPhone and were waiting to pick it up.

I picked up the Mac Mini with 1GB and Apple Care. We went down to the Borders and picked up a copy of Beginning iPhone Development by Dave Mark and Jaff LaMarche. I expected to use the PC monitor, mouse and keyboard I already have. The keyboard and mouse has been in use for the old Sony Vaio, which I had replaced a few weeks earlier for an HP Pavilion, which turned out to be a zillions times faster in booting up my programs. Okay, maybe only a zillion times. Continue reading