Mastering Web Application Development with AngularJS

Mastering Web Application Development with AngularJS
By Pawel Kozlowski, Peter Bacon Darwin

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Streamline your web applications with this hands-on course. From initial structuring to full deployment, you'll learn everything you need to know about AngularJS DOM based frameworks.

Overview

  • Make the most out of AngularJS by understanding the AngularJS philosophy and applying it to real life development tasks
  • Effectively structure, write, test, and finally deploy your application
  • Add security and optimization features to your AngularJS applications
  • Harness the full power of AngularJS by creating your own directives
  • Full of solutions to real life problems, with clear explanations of the more sophisticated AngularJS concepts

In Detail

AngularJS is an open-source JavaScript framework. Its goal is to develop MVC-based web applications and reduce the amount of JavaScript needed to make web applications functional.

The book will take the reader through the workflow of building an AngularJS app.

Throughout the process of app creation, we will have a look at the different interaction points between design and development and the readers will learn how AngularJS helps both roles to build an application that works well, as well as how to create clean and maintainable front end markup and code.

What you will learn from this book

  • Use AngularJS DOM-based templating effectively and learn how it differs from other frameworks
  • Query and modify data in various backends and become proficient with the promise API
  • Quickly create complex forms, taking full advantage of the 2-way data binding
  • Introduce navigation in your web application by relaying on the HTML5 History API
  • Manage dependencies with the AngularJS module and the Dependency Injection systems
  • Localize your web application to prepare it for an international audience
  • Secure your web application from unauthorized users
  • Build a variety of AngularJS directives: widgets, validators, and wrapping 3rd party plugins
  • Gain a deep understanding of the AngularJS compiler to build even more sophisticated directives
  • Unit test AngularJS-specific JavaScript code using the Jasmine BDD testing framework
  • Structure your web application by organizing it into a meaningful and flexible directory structure

Approach

This book will be a step-by-step guide showing the readers how to build a complete web app with AngularJS.

Who this book is written for

This book will be most useful to developers who are evaluating or have decided to use AngularJS for a real life project. You should have some prior exposure to AngularJS, at least through basic examples. We assume that you’ve got working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #985464 in Books
  • Published on: 2013-08-23
  • Released on: 2013-08-23
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.25" h x .84" w x 7.50" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 372 pages

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Pawel Kozlowski

Pawel Kozlowski has over 15 years of professional experience in web development and was fortunate enough to work with variety of web technologies, languages, and platforms. He is not afraid of hacking both at client side and server side and always searches for the most productive tools and processes.

Pawel strongly believes in free, open source software. He has been very committed in the AngularJS project and also is very active in the AngularJS community. He also contributes to Angular UI – the companion suite to the AngularJS framework, where he focuses on the Twitter's Bootstrap directives for AngularJS.

When not coding, Pawel spreads a good word about AngularJS at various conferences and meetups.



Peter Bacon Darwin

Peter Bacon Darwin has been programming for over two decades. He worked with .NET from before it was released; he contributed to the development of IronRuby and was an IT consultant for Avanade and IMGROUP before quitting to share his time between freelance development and looking after his kids.

Peter is a notable figure in the AngularJS community. He has recently joined the AngularJS team at Google as an external contractor and is a founder member of the AngularUI project. He has spoken about AngularJS at Devoxx UK and numerous London meetups. He also runs training courses in AngularJS. His consultancy practice is now primarily focused on helping businesses make best use of AngularJS.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

127 of 130 people found the following review helpful.
3Understand that you are buying a reference, not a step-by-step tutorial
By J. K. Godard
I purchased this book based on the mostly 4 and 5 star reviews. This is the 3rd or 4th AngularJS resource I've tried to use to learn the framework, and I can certainly say that as a reference, this book seems to contain the most comprehensive information on the framework that I've been able to find. But what I was hoping for was a step-by-step walkthrough of building the example application that is referred to throughout the book, and that is NOT in here! I guess I'm the only reviewer so far to express surprise at this fact, but I'm equally surprised that no one else is mentioning this.

Detailed step-by-step walkthroughs of creating an application from the ground up are for me, the most effective way to learn new frameworks. These authors really seem to know AngularJS inside and out, and although they go into depth about nearly every aspect of using the framework for building a real-world, non-trivial application, they don't actually ever walk you through building that application so that you can put the pieces together. I was saddened to realize this once I got through about chapter 3, and was wondering when the actual construction of the app was going to begin. I scanned through the remaining chapters and realized that it wasn't in there. I'm really amazed. I can't believe no one else has brought this up in their review, so I decided to write this one to let other programmers struggling to learn AngularJS know that this book is a comprehensive reference, but definitely not a step-by-step how-to.

As a reference, this is by far the best thing I've come across for AngularJS, and if I were already actively building apps with the framework I can imagine it would be my go-to bible. But as an experienced programmer trying to learn a very unique and challenging new framework, this book was a huge disappointment. I really need something to walk me through building a realistic application the *right* way with AngularJS, and I had hoped this book was going to provide just that.

It doesn't. :(

Also, it's full of typos. Does Packt Publishing not have editors?? I can look past them because the authors clearly know the material, but the typos are really bad.

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful.
5Grok AngularJS with this book
By Brian
I have been using AngularJS to create a web application, and while it's a revolutionary framework, the documentation for the framework is fragmented and full of holes. The major focus of documentation & tutorials seems to be the magical two-way data binding (controllers & templates), since it's what makes AngularJS so special, while giving barely enough to skimp by on other AngularJS features like dependency injection, testing, services, etc.

This book changes that. Just reading the first chapter, I had a few "aha" moments, when I learned I had not been doing things idiomatically. For example, I had been defining my controllers in the global scope instead of defining them in AngularJS modules, because that's how every tutorial & code sample I had seen seemed to do it for brevity's sake.

Not only does it give good advice in regards to the little details in your code that matter, it gives good advice with regards to the bigger picture. Once I reorganized my file organization to the layout prescribed by the book, I instantly was able to clearly envision the refactoring my code needed. Instead of seeing controllers as logic for this or that part of the UI, I knew that I should divide the logic code by features.

Most of the advice is backed up by the authors' reasoning. If there's more than 1 way to do something and they give a recommendation, the book says why instead of just leaving it as "because that's the correct way".

Simply put, an excellent resource for AngularJS.

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
2Difficult to follow
By Gary Lowder
As other reviewers have noted, this book seems to make the promise of building a sample application but never gets there. In chapter 2 we read, "In the following chapters we are going to build a simplified project management tool... This sample application will help us to demonstrate AngularJS APIs and idioms as well as cover typical scenarios, such as communicating with a back-end, organizing navigation, security, internationalization, and so on." And, "To showcase AngularJS in its most advantageous environment we are going to build a project management tool..." I'm not sure if the authors changed their minds, or if these statements are just poorly worded, but this building of a sample application never happens.

Rather, you must download the complete application and then try match each chapter with the various places in code they are referencing. This makes it very difficult to follow, and not very helpful to someone learning a new framework.

The book (at least, the Kindle version) also suffers from a incredible number of typos, grammar errors, etc.

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