Not essential, but useful anyway

PhoneGap Essentials: Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps by John M. Wargo

I wish that I’d read this book a long time ago, before I had a fairly good understanding of PhoneGap. That said, part one of the book, which gives a good introduction to PhoneGap, is very good. It discusses why hybrid applications are important and the business reasons behind them, and discusses the PhoneGap technology, how it works and what it has to offer.

Part two covers the PhoneGap development tools. There’s a chapter for each of the major platforms that PhoneGap supports – Android, bada, BlackBerry, iOs, Symbian and Windows Phone, so unfortunately only one of the chapter was really of interest to me. The last chapter of this section covers PhoneGap Build, a cloud service that takes your PhoneGap build which you have tested on your development machine, and generates a packaged version of the application on the other platforms.

Part three is the part of the book that really interested me. It is a whirlwind tour of the PhoneGap APIs covering accelerator, camera, capture, compass, connection, contacts, device, events, file, geolocation, media, notification and storage. I thought this section was really good as it provides cross platform examples of using the various APIs from Javascript and gives you a very good idea of what facilities you can use from a cross platform hybrid application.

Nice read, but you may find you know some of material already.

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