Author: Semmy Purewal
Reviewer: Ian Elliot
Web Apps are still a hot topic and it is hard to find out how to best create them.
What you actually mean by a web app is vital to this book being what you expect it to be. The problem is that web app can mean an app that runs on a mobile device and then you need to consider if you should power up Cordoba or one of the many frameworks that make it easier. Even if you think that a web app is just an app that runs in a browser, you might very well start off from a framework designed to create single page apps. This isn't what the book is about.
The book starts off with some advice on how to setup a workflow and it is very traditional - Sublime Text, Emacs and Git feature prominently. To be honest, if you can master Git you probably don't need the spoonfeeding that is about to come.
With only two chapters left to go, the subject of creating a web app has hardly been scratched but Chapter 8 goes into detail about CloudFoundry and how to use it to create an app. Chapter 9 brings the book to a close with a look at a range of general topics - refactoring and handling Ajax errors.
The big problem with this book is that it doesn't have a clear idea what a web app is. It doesn't focus on the problems of creating single page apps and it certainly doesn't venture into the field of creating web-based games or even adventurous user interfaces. It also starts each topic with a very beginner-oriented approach in its tone and attitude, but then moves on so quickly that any beginner is sure to be left behind.
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