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Modern Web Development with IBM WebSphere

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Title           : Modern Web Development with IBM WebSphere: Developing, Deploying, and Managing Mobile and Multi-Platform Apps (IBM Press)
Author/s    : Kyle Brown, Roland Barcia, Karl Bishop, Matthew Perrins
Publisher   : IBM Press
Category   : Other
Review by : Jeanne Boyarsky
Rating        : 7 horseshoes

My first thought when I saw this book was "when did IBM Press books change from being blue to orange."

To intro says this is part of a series of at least two books. One for the front end and one for the back end. This was the front end one. I got a little nervous when the characters Jeorge, Jack and Jill were introduced on page 20. I have trouble with books where I have to remember who is who over an extended period. Since they had similar names, I had already forgotten by page 22 which one Jack was. Luckily, it didn't matter and this wasn't a big part of the book.

There was a good split between concepts and products. Concepts included mobile first design and considering battery life. I like the design shows both mobile screen prototypes and REST API definitions (in a table.)

I'm glad there was an emphasis on MVC. I think it could have been introduced earlier. It was used on page 40, briefly introduced on page 55 and then formally describe don page 116.

Most of the book had a good mix of text to code. There were some parts where the was a lot of code though. From pages 192-208, there are 14 full pages of code. (not in a row, but that is a high ratio)

There were many screenshots of Eclipse. It was also nice to see both Chrome and Safari's dev tools since Safari works with an iOS emulator.

There was lots of information and this is a great book to get started with the IBM stack.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.

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