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Would you like a free copy of the PhoneGap Mobile Application Development Cookbook? Packt has reached out to me to let me share five copies of the book to my readers. (People in the US, the UK, or Europe can choose a physical or electronic copy. Everyone else must select an electronic copy.)

To win, check out the book's product page, check out the details, and simply tell me which chapter you think sounds the most interesting and why. (Use the comments below.)

I'll use completely unfair and arbitrary methods to select 5 winners by January 20th.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Mark Gregory posted on 1/11/2013 at 2:43 AM

Ah, I need one of these.
The most interesting chapter, by far, is all of them! Now, on to the reasons you should give me one of the free ones:

1) I love reading books, and read several big fat tech books every year. This would not sit on a shelf, but would be consumed and absorbed in short order.
3) At the bottom of the page, there was a section named "Who this is for". When I looked at it, my name was there. Honest injun!
4) Starting a new gig Monday, and the big cheese was asking about mobile. I told him Phone Gap is popular with CF folks. He stopped just short of saying "Make it so", but I think he will say that soon. (Note that this reason, like number 1 is actually true. The others may or may not be fuzzy with the factual)
6) My ADD has improved greatly in the last, ooh it has a butterfly on the cover.
7) I have a mobile phone! A book about mobile development, and I have a mobile phone! This is clearly fate, destiny, etc.

Comment 2 by Ed Arino posted on 1/11/2013 at 2:47 AM

Clearly the answer is Chapter 7: User Interface Development with jQuery Mobile. This is a skillset that will not just transcend phonegap development, but will allow me to more quickly prototype ideas in general! jQuery mobile is an awesome toolset and anything I can do to get better at it will make me a happy camper!

Comment 3 by RogerTheGeek posted on 1/11/2013 at 2:52 AM

I like chapter 1 since it would be cool to program your phone as a game controller with the accelerometer. You could also program it for geolocation games or for locating fish.

Comment 4 by Anuj Sharma posted on 1/11/2013 at 2:58 AM

Thanks for this noble offer. Seems like very good read and I hope I would be able to win free copy :-). In chapters list, I like chapter 7. Since being web developer, we are supposed to think in futuristic terms. HTML-5 and CSS3 syntax is quiet intuitive which leaves developers curious about adding life to their mobile app using libraries like jQuery Mobile. I think if developers get more detailed knowledge about jQuery Mobile , they should be able to nail down cool apps quickly (as I am assuming they already have good grasp of basic HTML or HTML5 and CSS or CSS3). At my first glance chapter-7 seems most interesting to me but I have to read the whole book to make my final concrete decision :-). Rest all chapters seem quiet basic for mobile developers but Chapter-7 connects all dots of complete mobile application Thanks again

Comment 5 by Sue Blanchard posted on 1/11/2013 at 2:59 AM

It's gotta be Chapter 7. The coolest mobile app is useless without an effective and engaging UI. I'm trying to get my feet wet with Mobile App development with jQuery Mobile and this book would give a reat jumpstart to that. And well, if that's not good enough, I'm cute :)

Comment 6 by Chris Coppenbarger posted on 1/11/2013 at 3:03 AM

I've recently been delving into local storage and Chapter 2 seems to address this a good bit. That being said, the whole book seems rather useful for mobile development.

Comment 7 by Toastluv posted on 1/11/2013 at 3:12 AM

I would enjoy the chapter "User Interface Development with jQuery Mobile". Learning to harness the power and scalability of jQuery in a mobile format would be invaluable to my work place dev environment. Having worked in both Eclipse and Apple Dev I really welcome the ease and adaptability that I know jQuery will bring. Thank you for considering my submission.

Comment 8 by Michael Schmidt posted on 1/11/2013 at 3:14 AM

I think Chapter 5: Hook into Native Events sounds like an interesting chapter, because I want to see about utilizing some of the native phone items to make better applications designed for the phone

Comment 9 by Sami Hoda posted on 1/11/2013 at 3:16 AM

I would have to say Chapter 7.

I think being able to transition our web skills over with a familiar framework like jQuery will help guys like me pick up and accelerate adding mobile to our portfolio.

Comment 10 by Daniel Garcia posted on 1/11/2013 at 3:27 AM

I agree that chapter 7 looks the most interesting for me. I am just starting to play with jQuery Mobile and being able to re-use code is very appealing.

Comment 11 by Mike Lewis posted on 1/11/2013 at 3:53 AM

I would say chapter 1 since I know that you have the technical stuff down cold... but please don't take this wrong... your ui and design skills MIGHT just be a bit ummmm... neanderthal. :) which is ok with me I beleive the default button is just fine and gray is a perfectly valid color. Thank you for the chance to win!

Comment 12 by Yaniv Yalda posted on 1/11/2013 at 4:12 AM

Me and my wife are both programmers. We are both new to mobile development. I would say the best chapter for me would be Chapter 1. I'm more of the embedded hardware guy so learning how the accelerometer and sensors work and getting it running on my mobile would be the "quick win" thing for me. Wife is into UI so Chapter 7 for her.

Comment 13 by Michael Mongeau posted on 1/11/2013 at 4:32 AM

Chapter 3 sounds the most interesting to me. I have a strong background in relational databases and the idea if using SQLLite on a mobile app is appealing, and using local databases, files, and caching can only improve the user experience and response time.

Comment 14 by Nosh posted on 1/11/2013 at 4:47 AM

Chapter 1 would be the most interesting. To me an interesting app would be one that can make good use of a mobile devise's movement and location features. There are to many apps that make good use of the mobile UI real estate, but an app that uses movement instead of normal touch would be interesting. Overall looking at the contents the book does seem useful for mobile development altogether.

Comment 15 by Jerry Hamby posted on 1/11/2013 at 5:37 AM

If I have to choose:
Extending PhoneGap with Plugins

But these really interest me:
User Interface Development with jQuery Mobile
Hook into Native Events
Development Tools and Testing

Comment 16 by Jason Sylvester posted on 1/11/2013 at 6:00 AM

I'd have to say Chapter 7, seems like it would extend past just phone gap development.

Comment 17 by João Godinho posted on 1/11/2013 at 6:02 AM

Chapter 8: Extending PhoneGap with Plugins

All I have to say about it: Unleash the Kraken!
On top of what you can already do with Phonegap, building your own plugins and take advantage of more specific Android/iOS features is the icing on the cake. Adding more features to the simplicity (of use) of Phonegap is really great.

Comment 18 by Jean-Philippe Lambert posted on 1/11/2013 at 6:04 AM

I think chapter 3 and 5 might be the more useful on my part since i am currently working on the conversion of a online class platform this might be usefull to know tricks of the trade concerning native events and more on audio vieo and image

Comment 19 by Richard Fink posted on 1/11/2013 at 6:21 AM

The most interesting sounding chapter is Chapter 5: Hook into Native Events. Why? Because PhoneGap is about the ability for the programmer to reach into the native controls and elements of the various hardware platforms. And what is more about that than interfacing with native events. Chapter 5 is going to bridge that objective between my javascript code and the essential native events I want to interface with and manage for the outcome of my application.

I would truly appreciate the hard copy version of your esteemed book! Many thanks.


Comment 20 by Chris Miller posted on 1/11/2013 at 6:29 AM

Chapter 5 caught my eye, I want to know more about tapping into native bits

Comment 21 by Calvin Spealman posted on 1/11/2013 at 7:09 AM

I am most interested to read Chapter 2 on storage options. I've been working a lot with the new IndexedDB API and I've been really curious how possible it is to use this in PhoneGap, as I've been building an abstraction and synchronization service on top of IndexedDB and I want to make this available for PhoneGap applications. Your talk at NC Dev Con on HTML5 storage choices was really good, so I can only expect this chapter (and the rest of the book) will be a great resource.

Comment 22 by garence posted on 1/11/2013 at 7:22 AM

Chapter 2 intrigues me because of a stats-heavy application I want to augment with mobile functionality; for fun, I have developed a softball league management app and would like to provide the functionality for team managers to update game stats via mobile devices while at the field. So the idea of somehow managing local data storage seems a good fit to work into a mobile solution.

That said, I wear black socks with sandals - and think it's OK, which means visual design is not my thing. If jQuery Mobile could make whatever interface I develop look even kind of decent, then I should spend some quality time with that chapter.

p.s. Props to Matt Gifford; I wore out the binder on my OOP and CF book, real helpful stuff!

Comment 23 by Ron posted on 1/11/2013 at 8:22 AM

I am most interested in Chapter 3: Working with Audio, Images, and Video. This is particularly because I have to build an app (for a client) in the near future that requires Audio, Images, and Video.

Phonegap was our original choice. But because of the heavy use of the hardware I started leaning more towards Xamarin's C# framework for building cross platform apps based on Mono.

I also intend to create another app (my own project) that should capture and process images. For the image processing, I suppose that would have be done natively on the device and that is where I think Chapter 5, Hook into Native Events, would come in handy.

It looks like and interesting read. I didn't realize Phonegap had all those features until I read the table of contents. I would really like to win a free copy! Really!

Comment 24 by Dustin Steiner posted on 1/11/2013 at 11:56 AM

All chapters sound interesting, but "Chapter 5: Hook into Native Events" is my fav :)

Comment 25 by Alain posted on 1/11/2013 at 12:21 PM

Chapter 5 definitively.

The reality of an app comes when all the touch, swipe, change page events are handled. Which librairies are out there ? Which one to choose ?

But very interested by the whole book indeed.

Comment 26 by Eduardo Vázquez posted on 1/11/2013 at 12:23 PM

I would say chapter 2, I think the most important part of an applicacion is the information and how to work with it.

Comment 27 by Philip posted on 1/11/2013 at 1:36 PM

Chapter 9: Development Tools and Testing
That would be my personal favorite !!!
You just can't have enough development and testing tools and is often not easy to introduce to your work flow tools or tests that nobody else used before.
Since phonegap has its own perks its nice to have an inside info :)

Comment 28 by shripad posted on 1/11/2013 at 2:10 PM

Reymond first and foremost I like your idea of creating anticipation among the potential readers and secondly getting the high level contents reviewed....never the less free book sounds very good..
I like chapters 6 & 7. This is because personally I feel User Experience or UI is the most challenging part. Rest of the chapters cover what is already a set science.

Comment 29 by Phil D posted on 1/11/2013 at 2:41 PM

For me, they're all good but if I look at what is most interesting to me right now, it's Chapter 5, and by extension Chapter 8. I think that is one thing that if one can master the hooks into the native already present as well as developing plug-ins for more of those hooks or features, PhoneGap and my use of it will continue to improve dramatically.

Comment 30 by Matias Bejas posted on 1/11/2013 at 3:20 PM

I need that book, badly!

For me the most interesting chapter is number 5, hoking into native events i think is crucial to create a seamless experience for the user, create custom submenus is something really interesting and the watch of the network is really useful.

Please give the book!

Comment 31 by Richard Migambi posted on 1/11/2013 at 3:50 PM

All chapters look interesting but if I had to read one of them only it would be Chapter 7: User Interface Development with jQuery Mobile - because I am a fan of Jquery Mobile and I lover interfaces. But if that's not enough to win the book, then let me win because I would like to get into PhoneGap and this book would definitely kick start this...

Comment 32 by Agustín Sabater Pi༞ir posted on 1/11/2013 at 4:46 PM

My favorite subject is number 7, User Interface Development with jQuery Mobile.

I hope to be lucky.

Comment 33 by Luke posted on 1/11/2013 at 5:18 PM

Chapter 5: Hook into Native Events to be able to access even more functions with PhoneGap

Comment 34 by Harry Keane posted on 1/11/2013 at 5:24 PM

The mobile application development book will enlighten the various techniques used in developing apps.This would help the developers.
<a href="">Mobile Application Development Services</a>

Comment 35 by Landon posted on 1/11/2013 at 7:05 PM

All of the book sounds interesting and useful, but Chapter 5, specifically pausing and resuming applications sound incredibly interesting, as it's something I'm going to be working on shortly. I have a JQM project I'm running through PhoneGap Build to put on devices, and making sure the app properly handles the user making and taking calls, using maps, etc is the next big to-do on my project list.

Comment 36 by Joan posted on 1/11/2013 at 7:10 PM

For me the most interesting one is - Chapter 7: User Interface Development with jQuery Mobile. However any of them will be of great interest to me since I am totally decided to be expending quite a bit of time this year with Phonegap and many other related technologies.


Comment 37 by Andres posted on 1/11/2013 at 7:50 PM

It would be difficult to choose one! But I'd pick chapter 1 just because I'll be working in a project in which device movements are important.

Comment 38 by Ben Price posted on 1/11/2013 at 8:39 PM

Definitely Chapter 5: Hooking into Native Events. Having only worked with mobile web apps so far, the idea of being able to get access to at least some of the device's native abilities makes me salivate in a Pavlovian style.

Comment 39 by Andersen posted on 1/11/2013 at 9:01 PM

for me, chapter 8 & 9 are the most important.

Basically, phonegap api is not difficult to understand via its own document besides plugins dev and testing process, that's why I need to get more experience from author and other experts.

thanks for your hard work...

Comment 40 by Wilson Contreras posted on 1/11/2013 at 9:24 PM

I'm interested in chapter 2, because of here I can learn about the storage, the file system and local databases, one of the main points for programming an application.

Comment 41 by Chase posted on 1/11/2013 at 9:59 PM

I think that all of the chapters sound very interesting. However the chapter I am most interested in would be Chapter 6. This is primarily for the section "Working with remote data and AJAX requests". This has been something I have been struggling with using Phonegap. Not because of the white listing but just working with external APIs. It would be nice to really figure out how to work with many of the great APIs out there to build some awesome mobile mashups.

Comment 42 by Zad Imam posted on 1/11/2013 at 10:13 PM

Chapter 7: User Interface Development with jQuery Mobile

Simply put, you can make an app and publicize it as much as you want, but if you do not have a intuitive and easy user interface, all that work you put towards it will mean very little. This chapter should dive into the fundamentals of creating a working layout that will work across all major platforms.

Comment 43 by Mikel posted on 1/12/2013 at 12:07 AM

Chapter 6 looks interesting to me as I'd like to know how to AJAX some data back and forth to my apps.

Comment 44 by Topper Harley posted on 1/12/2013 at 12:22 AM

so coldfusion AND phonegap? is there any particular reason you like to lock yourself into languages that don't have any longevity? just askin'...

Comment 45 by Raymond Camden posted on 1/12/2013 at 12:29 AM

Ah Topper the Troll. Takes a lot of guts to make stupid potshots w/o sharing your real name. For those of you in this thread who do not know, Topper is my resident troll. He posts a few times a year, usually w/o anything of merit, and is apparently a 13 year old afraid of using his real name.

Comment 46 by Bakyt Niyazov posted on 1/12/2013 at 12:56 AM

The chapter "Working with Audio, Images, and Video" is definitely must be the most exciting because it's all about Audio! Images AND VIDEO! :D

Comment 47 by Esteban posted on 1/12/2013 at 1:06 AM

Chapter 5: Because a proper interaction with the native parts of the host system is what closes the gap between a web based app and a native one.

Comment 48 by Shankar posted on 1/12/2013 at 1:07 AM

Chapter 5.
Utilizing the native capabilities is imperative for a responsive app. and so sounds intereseting and important.

Comment 49 by Simon MacDonald posted on 1/12/2013 at 1:31 AM

I think Chapter 2: File System, Storage, and Local Databases looks the most interesting since I wrote that code for the Android version of PhoneGap and I don't even understand it ;)

Seriously though Raymond don't consider this comment as eligible to win a copy of the book.

Comment 50 by John Edwards posted on 1/12/2013 at 1:56 AM

Chapter 5: Hook into Native Events

Want to be able to access native events to set the app apart from basic web apps.

Comment 51 by Matt Gifford posted on 1/12/2013 at 2:43 AM

All of the chapters seem interesting to me, primarily so that I can remember what I wrote in them :)

Comment 52 by Mister Duck posted on 1/12/2013 at 2:44 AM

I think chapter 1 because it would be really cool to make an accelerometer-based app using Javascript.

Comment 53 by Tamas Kalman posted on 1/12/2013 at 3:18 AM

My choice would be chapter 6. working with xui, because of touch & gesture events, which mostly set apart the mobile UI from the "traditional" web development characteristics - if there is anything like that - apart from smaller screen real estate of course. I also like chapter 1 since I am interested in geo related stuff in general.

Good luck with the book!

Comment 54 by Francisco posted on 1/12/2013 at 3:22 AM

Awesome chapters! definitely chapter 5 (Hook into Native Events) will help me achieve a more native experience, less js hacks and more objectiveC components! end-users will be the real winners :)

Comment 55 by Rutger posted on 1/12/2013 at 4:39 AM

For me Chapter 9: "Development Tools and Testing" is the most interesting part of the book, because I want to create apps automatically. Would love to win the book and use your experience!

Comment 56 by Marc posted on 1/12/2013 at 5:03 AM

For me, the main reason I'd want that book, it because of Chapter 1: Movement and Location: Using the Accelerometer and Geolocation Sensors. It would be great for building games, and geolocation based apps.

Comment 57 by Andrew posted on 1/12/2013 at 5:15 AM

Chapter 2: File System, Storage, and Local Databases

This is an area that is often overlooked in books and website tutorials, probably because the the options are confusing and ill-defined (particular database options).

So for me this is the most interesting chapter.

Comment 58 by Nuno posted on 1/12/2013 at 5:30 AM

Aw, chapter 8 will be the most useful for me because, ok, Phonegap is great but I still need to do other stuff that only a plugin will help do. May we bride you? let me win and my next apps will hava a thank you note to both you and your book :D

Comment 59 by Khairil Iszuddin Ismail posted on 1/12/2013 at 6:39 AM

One that sounds the most interesting?

Hook into Native Events

Why? Because it sounded like I am attending a Native tribe campfire with a really big fish hook.

So that's my entry. But what l really like to learn from your book are files, storage, and also extending with plugins.

Comment 60 by Albert posted on 1/12/2013 at 5:14 PM

I obviously find all chapters interesting, and if I get one, I'm pretty sure I'll read all of them, but I think that first I would pay special attention to "Chapter 2: File System, Storage, and Local Databases". For me, keeping data in local device, is one of the keys to make apps runs faster and to avoid unnecessary internet connections.

Comment 61 by Danny posted on 1/12/2013 at 5:50 PM

That would be Chapter 3: Working with Audio, Images, and Video for me. I've been using Phonegap or a while now, but never integrated the capturing of audio or video in an app. So I definitely would soak that chapter up like a spunge.

Comment 62 by mario posted on 1/12/2013 at 6:56 PM

sorry for my bad English

I called attention to chapter 3,
especially the issue of making images on canvas effect

Chapter 2 is really powerful,
the sqlite database is crazy, I would like to solve my project used PhoneGap.

You can give me information about this chapter draw from experience, I'm going crazy and anxiety will not let me wait until 20.

Comment 63 by Ranganathan posted on 1/12/2013 at 8:10 PM

Chapter 5 : Hook into Native Events... Phonegap is all about connecting the html pages with the native OS like (iOS , Android).

This chapter will give me an in depth knowledge about the integrating the native and html, Js applications.

Comment 64 by David posted on 1/13/2013 at 2:12 AM

I would begin with Ch's 2 (file system & databases)and 4 (contacts), because I have a local social app in mind to build. But really, the main reason is that I am a really slow learner -- Stanford Engineering degree notwithstanding.

Let me offer a challenge: If I'm not the oldest person in your list so far, forget me. Does anyone else remember the ONE on-campus computer in the Encina Hall basement in 1961?

Hoping ... David

Comment 65 by Maciej posted on 1/13/2013 at 5:58 PM


My vote: "Chapter 1".

I hope, this part of book (with special effects from chapter 3) can help me show my son, how to change phone (now it's game console, some kind of leash etc.) into brain (and eyes) of "robot-car". Simply, one element of demonstrating another world then marketing favorites (ex. computer games, TV,)

Greetings from Poland

My vote: "Chapter 1".

I hope, this part of book (with special effects from chapter 3) can help me show my son's, how to change phone (now it's game console, some kind of leash etc.) into brain (and eyes) of "robot-car". Simply, one element of exlporing another world then marketing favorites (ex. computer games, TV, web-banner clicking)

Greetings from Poland

Comment 66 by paris posted on 1/13/2013 at 10:32 PM

Congrats on the book!
It looks great and in general, I love Packt's books.
I'm totally new to this so I would have to start from the top but I have specific interest in Chapter 3 as I do a lot of work in A/V.

Comment 67 by Kamal S. Prasad posted on 1/14/2013 at 12:55 AM

I would have to say Chapter 2. I am working on an app for an online video browser, which will allow the user to save their favorite videos to a database to be retrieved easily later on.

Comment 68 by Ferris Gabriel posted on 1/14/2013 at 4:40 AM

I like several, but Chapter 3: Working with Audio, Images, and Video is most applicable to our current app. I hope your random and unfair methods find me unfairly random!

Comment 69 by Ryan Wilson posted on 1/14/2013 at 6:09 PM

Thanks for information. I really want this book. I think its so helpful for me to learn how to develop application on my mobile. Thank you.

Comment 70 by Andy posted on 1/14/2013 at 7:10 PM

File system and caching - that be the bees' knees

Comment 71 by Brock Ellis posted on 1/14/2013 at 8:25 PM

I'm really interested in Chapter 2, especially the section about local/session storage and SQLite database. I've used local storage once on a project and thought the the possibilities were ridiculous. I'm really curious to see how you can leverage them with PhoneGap.

Comment 72 by Kal posted on 1/14/2013 at 9:32 PM

Chapter 2 : local storage: Playing around with local storage on Desktop and very interested to see what PhoneGap offers.

Comment 73 by Mark Bansal posted on 1/15/2013 at 10:19 AM

I am most interested to read Chapter 2 on storage options. I've been building an mobile business directory app and I want to make this available for PhoneGap applications.

Comment 74 by Fernando posted on 1/15/2013 at 1:10 PM


I´ve just took a look into the chapters and I think that chapters 6,7 and 8 may be really the most interesting chapters all over the books. I´ve been developing phonegap applications for a few months now and I´ve been having troubles when I try to dinamically create and update dom elements.

Chapter 8 seem also very interesting because sometimes phonegap lacks a bit when you try to access some native functions. I´ve had to go native and develop a pair of plugins when I´ve tried (for example) to make the telephone start a phone call and this chapter should have helped me a lot for sure.

Thanks for this book, I´m pretty sure that a lot of people would like it and find it helpful. I hope I can win a free copy too :)))

Comment 75 by Daniel posted on 1/15/2013 at 2:44 PM

I've already begun learning mobile app developement with PhoneGap and I really could use this awesome book. I'm particulary interested in chapter 7: User Interface Development with jQuery Mobile.

Comment 76 by Lee Davies posted on 1/15/2013 at 6:14 PM

Chapter 3: Working with Audio, Images, and Video.

Simply because it would be amazing to have definitive instructions on how to *properly* use audio and video; whether using HTML5 or plugins, and alternatives/recommended practices!

Comment 77 by Andy Talbot posted on 1/15/2013 at 6:24 PM

Chapter 3: Working with Audio, Images, and Video.

Because I totally need Lee Davies (above) to learn this stuff, as i'm never going to get a chance myself :(

His attempts so far at getting audio, images and video working have been pretty unsuccesful.

Comment 78 by Corry Diehl posted on 1/15/2013 at 9:31 PM

I'm most interested in Chapter 2: File System, Storage and Local Databases. We are currently looking into how to protect persisted customer data on device and this chapter looks to be an entry into solving some of those issues.

Thanks for the chance!

Comment 79 by Joe Parks posted on 1/16/2013 at 1:07 AM

Clearly, the section "About the Reviewers" is the most interesting. No explanation necessary.

Comment 80 by jerone posted on 1/16/2013 at 1:26 PM

I know that every chapter will be interesting for me.

Comment 81 by rudi posted on 1/16/2013 at 3:06 PM

Chapter 7: User Interface Development with jQuery Mobile.
That's because I think the UI is the first thing a user sees of on app and so you should take extra care to make it good. I'm allways interested in input on developing UIs.

Comment 82 by Ah Wirayudha posted on 1/16/2013 at 8:24 PM

Chapter 2: File System, Storage, and Local Databases

cause i need it in my application, remote server and local database sync... or for upload something...

also Chapter 3: Working with Audio, Images, and Video

cause i work with image.. :D

Comment 83 by Jaana Gilbert posted on 1/16/2013 at 10:51 PM

For me by far the most interesting chapters are chapters 3 and 5.
I'm needing to interact with the native functionality especially camera and contact list.

Comment 84 by Aleksandar posted on 1/17/2013 at 12:27 AM

For me the most interesting is
Chapter 7: User Interface Development with jQuery Mobile
mainly because I'm sick and tired of the Android and iPhone way of designing the UI, and so far PhoneGap has proven excellent.

Comment 85 by Francisco Perez posted on 1/17/2013 at 6:32 PM

Having this book would be a great opportunity to improve my skills in Phonegap Apps development.

I’d like to learn how to enhance my Phonegap applications by creating custom plugins built using custom native code.

I’ve been a Phonegap developer for a year, and I’m trying to cover all my clients needs.

That’s why I would like the book for.

Comment 86 by Alessandro posted on 1/18/2013 at 5:18 AM

Wow! It would be great to receive a free copy of this book. I'm learning by myself how to build apps using jquery and Json
I'm creating a system to pure export wordpress to a mobile device app.

I think the most interesting chapter could be "DOM manipulation" because i still have some doubt about it, but i think it's just my personal issue.

Thank for the opportunity

Comment 87 by Jayred posted on 1/18/2013 at 8:15 PM

I have to agree that it all looks interesting and would be a great book to reference. I keenly find Chapter 2 most interesting. If we think what mobile apps mean for businesses, it's all about having content readily available. The "I want it and I want it now" mentality. But think of application teams that support the rapid development of these business apps, likely targeting not 1 device OS but many that make up the company's footprint, I see usage of PG a must to keep up with our user demand. Why go native anymore and have several versions of the same app. PG to the rescue. Looking forward to working with PG more <the book will help>.

Comment 88 by april j posted on 1/20/2013 at 12:49 PM

Chapter 2: File System, Storage, and Local Databases

I don't know much about this topic and I am eager to learn more! I have build one phone gap app but the user experience was just "ok". I want my next phone gap app to have a stellar user experience and this book would help me do that.

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book.

Comment 89 by H Davis posted on 1/20/2013 at 8:01 PM

For me, Chapter 2: File System, Storage, and Local Databases is the most important chapter followed by Chapter 1: Movement and Location: Using the Accelerometer and Geolocation Sensors. I am a graduate student working on a project to create a mobile app for sea turtle conservation volunteers to use during the upcoming sea turtle nesting season to collect both location and scientific sea turtle data to be submitted it to a remote database. The goal of the second version of the app is to include the ability to capture photos and video, so Chapter 3 would be useful at that point. As other's have mentioned having good UI design is very important, so I'd expect Chapter 7 to be a key chapter as well. The reason I am excited about this book is that I did a bit of web development a while back, but I've been out of the loop lately and since the sea turtles will nest whether the app is done on time or not, I need to get back up to speed very quickly and efficiently, especially since this will be my first app (ever).

Comment 90 by Bob posted on 1/21/2013 at 5:15 AM

Most interesting to me are chapters 1 and 2. My aspiration is to make a droid out of my droid by creating a mobile application of my own design. I haven’t yet decided on creating a thermocapsulary dehousing assister or a protocol droid but these chapters will be helpful either way. They will need to access accelerometer and geolocation information to be helpful to their master (me). I’ll need information about our position and movement. Chapter 1 will provide the information I need to code that portion of the functionality. The information in chapter 2 will be useful because they will need to be able to store information about our adventures and retrieve it when necessary. Uploading information to a remote server will be required for backup and possible synchronization with the base and possibly other droids. I have design for other mobile apps but this idea is, of course, my highest priority. :)

Comment 91 by Mark Bansal posted on 1/21/2013 at 3:09 PM

it's more difficult to open the site and see what chapter is interested for me.

Comment 92 by Raymond Camden posted on 1/28/2013 at 4:12 AM

Holy smokes - the 20th came and went and I got distracted! Sorry everyone. I'm going to be flying to CA tomorrow but I'll pick winners Tuesday at the latest.

Comment 93 by Raymond Camden posted on 1/30/2013 at 8:33 PM

And I have the winners! For folks curious, I went into my Chrome console and ran this 5 times:


If you are a winner, you must email me (use the Contact form) and include your preference for a real or ebook. If you do NOT live in the US, UK, or Europe, you must select ebook. If you want a real book, please include your address. Do NOT post this info as a comment. Please email me instead.

And the winners are....


Wilson Contreras
Corry Diehl
Ah Wirayudha
Jaana Gilbert

Comment 94 by Jaana Gilbert posted on 1/30/2013 at 8:36 PM

Thank you!!! I'm glad I didn't order it last week!

Comment 95 by Ron posted on 1/30/2013 at 8:36 PM

Oh no! I didn't get it. I can't tell the last time I hoped so hard to win something, lol.

Comment 96 by Nuno F Silva posted on 1/30/2013 at 8:41 PM

Math.random(), I hate you :P

Comment 97 by Ah Wirayudha posted on 1/30/2013 at 10:20 PM

Terima Kasih.. :)

Comment 98 by Raymond Camden posted on 2/7/2013 at 8:53 PM

As an FYI, 3 of the 5 winners never responded. This is their official warning. If I don't hear from Aleksander, Wilson, and Corry by tomorrow, I'm picking 3 more winners.

Jaana + Ah, will send you info now.

Comment 99 by garence posted on 2/7/2013 at 9:09 PM

"So you're telling me there's a chance ..."

Comment 100 by Yaniv Yalda posted on 2/8/2013 at 5:16 AM

I hope Math.random() returns 11 this time

Comment 101 by Raymond Camden posted on 2/13/2013 at 4:33 PM

Ok, since 3 of my winners never responded, we have three new winners. Please contact me *directly* with either your email (for an ebook) or email and physical address (for a real book). Packt needs your email even for a real book.

Phil D
Calvin Spealman

Comment 102 by Raymond Camden posted on 2/18/2013 at 7:48 AM

Wow, again, none of the 3 winners responded. Ok, 3 new ones:

1) David, whose comment began with "I would begin with Ch'2 2...."

2) Mark Gregory

3) Kamal S. Prasad

Comment 103 by Jaana Gilbert posted on 2/19/2013 at 1:14 AM

I have to say that I'm really surprised by this! First 3 didn't respond? What disrespect if you ask me. I hope the next 3 do... if not, then give it to those that clearly would appreciate the book.
Shame on you guys!

Comment 104 by Anuj Sharma posted on 2/19/2013 at 1:21 AM

I agree with Jaana Gilbert. Give it to me. I would really appreciate this book :-)

Comment 105 by Nuno F Silva posted on 2/19/2013 at 2:36 AM

Yeah, totally agree Jaana. :)

Comment 106 by Raymond Camden posted on 2/19/2013 at 2:46 AM

if I don't hear from the 3 I picked last, then Anuj and Nono will get it. They have till I get back home Wednesday morning.

Comment 107 by hdavis posted on 2/19/2013 at 4:56 AM

Well, I didn't want to seem greedy, but I also agree with Jaana, Anuj, and Nuno :)

Comment 108 by Raymond Camden posted on 2/21/2013 at 8:22 AM

Wow, such bad luck. Ok, Anuj, Nono, and HDavis. You are my only hope (and my last attempt). Contact me with your details if you want a copy.

Comment 109 by HDavis posted on 2/21/2013 at 7:22 PM

Thanks, Raymond! I think this was a great offer and I'll definitely be checking out the book as soon as I receive it.

Comment 110 by Anuj Sharma posted on 2/21/2013 at 8:19 PM

Hi Ray,

I sent message with my contact details to your blog contact us. I hope I have not created any hassel for you by sending you info via that route.
Please let me know if you have any other questions related to my contact address.

Again thanks a lot for your hospitality

Comment 111 by Raymond Camden posted on 2/21/2013 at 8:20 PM

Nope, that's what I wanted. :)

Comment 112 by Cornel posted on 2/27/2013 at 7:36 PM

This is good... I love the phone gap posts, and just in case someone does not pick theirs up.. I left my info in your contact form as well.

Comment 113 by Jaana Gilbert posted on 3/12/2013 at 3:16 AM

My book just arrived, thank you very much!!

Comment 114 by PhoneGap Development posted on 8/15/2013 at 2:35 PM

I like to say Chapter 3: working with Audio, Images, and Video is most applicable to our current app.