Sencha Touch Cookbook, 2nd Edition
By Ajit Kumar
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: August 2013
Pages: 418

In Detail

Sencha Touch is one of the most popular HTML5 and JavaScript frameworks for building touch-based mobile devices. Using Sencha Touch, you can create applications for touch mobile devices with ease, and once created, the same application works on multiple platforms – iOS, Android, Blackberry – without having to change anything.

Sencha Touch Cookbook (2nd edition) is a practical, hands-on guide with easy to follow recipes that provide you with clear, step-by-step instructions, which will help you take complete advantage of the power of Sencha Touch 2 and will help you to build amazing applications for the mobile world.

Sencha Touch Cookbook (2nd edition) starts by showing you how to set up your project for development, then walks through building, packaging, and running it in a browser, emulator, or a real device. With the groundwork set, the subsequent recipes of the book take you through the different UI components offered by the framework and explains how to use them, when to use them, and, if needed, how to extend them for your own application need.

You will also learn how to model your client side data, load data from different data sources, and use them on the data-centric UI components. The later parts of the book cover the practical day-to-day problems like how to create a custom view, how to take your application offline and support automatic sync, how to utilize the Geolocation to learn more about the user, how to utilize device features such as camera, contact, orientation, and how to link your application behaviour with the device buttons such as Back, Search, and so on. At the end, the book shows you how to create native packages without using PhoneGap/Cordova using Sencha Cmd.

Using this book, you will learn everything about using Sencha Touch classes and components to build mobile applications that can run across multiple platforms.


The book is written in a Cookbook style, presenting examples in the style of recipes, allowing you to go directly to your topic of interest or follow topics throughout a chapter to gain in-depth knowledge.

Who this book is for

Sencha Touch Cookbook (2nd edition) is great for developers who are new to Sencha Touch and who are looking to get a good hold on what the Sencha Touch framework offers and how to use it to build a great touch-based mobile application running on different platforms. It is assumed that you will have some experience in HTML, CSS, DOM, and JavaScript. To truly appreciate the framework capability and take full advantage of the book, readers are expected to have one or more mobile devices.

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My favorite ST2 tool :)

By Sagi G

from Israel

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  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written


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    Comments about oreilly Sencha Touch Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

    This book gives you a full array of anything you might need to know for building your own hybrid mobile applications and saves you time by its problem-solution way of asnwering the simple and the sophisticated questions.

    Although stated that the book is intended to those who have a good understanding in the subject,
    This book is wonderful both for the newbee and the experienced developer.
    It will also teach you on how to use apache cordova (which makes you able to integrate your app with your phone's native features)

    You will learn ALL you need to know about creating and submitting forms including search fields, validation, date picker, toggles, spinners, checkboxs and grouping them, etc.

    On a personal note- I really enjoyed it, even as an experienced sencha touch developer.
    He shows you how ST2 is wonderful both for the programmer and the designer,
    He includes all the important aspects of the framework, both the known and the less known features of it.

    One of the few things I couldn't find any better source for, is how Ajit teaches you to build completly customized and new views.
    You will learn how to use all the aspects of data, creation, stores, proxies.

    There are many gems all throughout the book : How to use all kinds of graphs, getting the information from the store to the graphs, using google maps, using the devices' physical buttons and more!!

    In conclussion , buy it, understand it, it will be your most helpful tool in your box of developing hybrid apps.


    good starter book - good examples

    By fitz

    from Dublin, CA

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    • Easy to understand


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      Comments about oreilly Sencha Touch Cookbook, 2nd Edition:

      This book is for those whose would like to create Sencha Touch Application using a great framework. You can learn some useful tips and tricks that can help in our everyday tasks while reading this book. This book also covers about building, packaging, emulating native apps for iOS and Android (some blackberry is mentioned). I like the way the book explained about Sencha Touch's configurations/use cases using screen-captures for each step. It walks you through each step so it makes sense - like how geo-location works and practical uses. There are many good examples to choose from.

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