Building Mobile Applications with Java
Using the Google Web Toolkit and PhoneGap
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2012
Pages: 86

Do you want to develop mobile apps with Java—and have them work on a variety of devices powered by iOS and Android? You’ve come to the right place.

This project-driven book shows you how to build portable apps with two amazing open source frameworks, Google Web Tools (GWT) and PhoneGap. With these tools, you’ll use learn how to write Java code that compiles into cross-platform Javascript and HTML, and discover how to take advantage of features in several popular devices, such as the camera, accelerometer, and GPS.

  • Get started with GWT by building an example Twitter search app
  • Build a example web app and adapt it for mobile with CSS
  • Add touch centric controls with the GWT Mobile UI library
  • Develop a working wine journal app that tracks a user’s GPS location
  • Use techniques to make a mobile version of your web or desktop app
  • Work with HTML5 Canvas to build a mobile video game
  • Package your apps for iOS, webOS, and Android with PhoneGap
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First time I have given a one star.

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    • Difficult to understand
    • Not comprehensive enough
    • Too many errors

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      Comments about oreilly Building Mobile Applications with Java:

      There are a number of typos and obscure expressions all over the book. I follow an instruction, I get an error. This happens at almost every step of the instructions. It's not just the WebOS link that is not correct. There are many. And often, there is a lack of explanation, and it's hard to connect one step to the next.

      We all pick a book to learn something. We see a few bad links, discrepancies in numbers, wrong facts, and poor explanations. That happens all the time. We don't make a big deal out of it as no one book is perfect. But there's got to be a limit to carelessness. It seems to me that this book is a poorly organized collection of the author's old notes. The editors should really read every line of the book and try to make the sample apps from scratch to see what I mean.

      If you already know much about the language and the development, you won't be having as much trouble as I did. But then you won't need this book because the contents of the book are not supposed to be challenging.

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      Just introductory and not really good.

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      Comments about oreilly Building Mobile Applications with Java:

      I have been playing with gwt and mobile web stuff for some time. If you are not an absolutely beginner, I would definitely not recommend this book.

      I love Josh's work and posts so did not hesitate to buy the book. However if you had watched the webcasts the book will not add much on it. The book runs on a simple example and does not proceed to any further.
      Besides being introductory, I also find Josh's choise of Gwt-Mobile-Ui somewhat questionable. There are much more complete and capable libraries built for gwt (such as mgwt).

      Honestly even with the discount it was not worth what i paid.
      Ironic but the link to webos is wrong which was what Josh used to work for.

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