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Book Review: Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript

Another book review of a book that I recently had the chance to go through.This publication was titled Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications with JavaScript.

As the tagline states, this book really allows you to master the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. Reading this book leaves you equipped with the knowledge and tools to build some good web and mobile GIS applications with the ArcGIS Server. The ArcGIS space is a vast one in terms of implementation and this book does cater for the essentials topics needed.
The book is a must read for anyone interested in working with ArcGIS in the JavaScript world. The book presents several examples that allow the reader to reason about the usefulness of ArcGIS. The author leverages the visuals in a very good way that enhances the level of understanding for the readers.
The book contains a thorough description and details about the API and the classes it offers amplified with examples for using those classes.
One thing that caught my attention was the section about the comments in the code, which I personally think is a must when writing large chunks of code.
In general the book’s approach of step-by-step instructions and examples allows the reader to quickly learn and deeply understand the key features and design.
Nevertheless, I had mixed feelings regarding the first chapter Introduction to HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Well I skipped it and any developer would do. It is targeted for those who are very new to this topic. I would assume that people interested in this book would be knowledgeable in those concepts. Needless to say, the chapter is great for new comers to the HTML and JS world.
The cherry on top was the last chapter which covers support for mobile platforms provided by the ArcGIS Server API for JavaScript provides through the compact build.

It is a very good read, for anyone who is interested in learning about the topic.
Happy reading 🙂

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