Title: WordPress Mobile Applications with PhoneGap
Author: Yuxian Eugene Liang
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Paperback: 96 pages
Publishing Date: December 21, 2012
Reviewed by: Nikhil Mishra
- WordPress environment setup
- WordPress themes and plugins installation
- Google Maps API with GeoPlaces theme to provide geographic capabilities to the theme
- WordPress JSON API to GET, POST and UPDATE blog content
- Theming content using jQuery Mobile
- Deploying application on Android using PhoneGap
If you are new to WordPress and Mobile Development and are looking for a guide, this is a nice book to kick start with. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Internet. The book cover tutorials on creating and deploying WordPress Mobile blog starting from WordPress installation to deployment on mobile. It also covers basics of theming using jQuery Mobile, a Touch-Optimized UI Framework built with jQuery and HTML5 and PhoneGap, a free and open source framework that allows you to create mobile apps using standardized web APIs for the platforms you care about.
I was somewhat confused when I got to review a book which weighs in at just over 50 pages plus index but I have to say I was pretty much impressed by its contents. The book covers the use of the WordPress JSON API plugin for embedding WordPress blog in mobile applications. The author spends time in explaining basics of WordPress installation, installing WordPress themes and plugins, theming using jQuery Mobile, and building applications for Android using Eclipse and PhoneGap. Could have been better if Yuxian explained iOS deployment as well and used some open source theme to explain GeoPlaces. Overall, a great guide for beginners.