Book Review: AngularJS Web Application Development Cookbook

So this is the third book review in this blog series, and I’m happy to say I’ve finally found a book I can recommend. I just finished reading AngularJS Web Application Development Cookbook by Matt Frisbie. The e-book version happens to be on sale for $5 before January 6, 2015, and I highly recommend it for that price.

As the title says, this one is a cookbook. Its not a tutorial, and I wouldn’t recommend it if you are new to Angular. The book has 10 chapters, and each chapter has multiple recipes (I believe the book description claims 90+ recipes). Each recipe is comprised of 3 sections: How To Do It, How It Works, and There’s More. The How To Do It section explains the purpose of the recipe, and contains the code sample. How It Works explains the code sample in more detail, and There’s More gives additional information about the recipe.

Even though I’ve worked with Angular for 18 months, I still learned a few things in the first 5 chapters. The chapter on testing (#6), was a bit of a disappointment, but that is really the only weakness in the book. I thought chapters 7-9 were excellent, even for more advanced Angular developers. In fact, I plan to go back and re-read those chapters as I didn’t fully understand the details of some of the recipes in my first read-through. Those 3 chapters explained how to speed up your Angular apps, using promises, and covered some of the new stuff in Angular 1.3. The last chapter contained recipes on Angular hacks, and I felt these were a bit mixed. I did not like the DRY Your Controllers recipe (I can’t imagine ever implementing that recipe in real life. I would solve the problem by using Controller As), and the recipe on using $parse to reference deep objects felt a bit too hackish. But those are minor complaints. Most of the book is well-written, interesting, and full of good stuff.

Overall, this is one of the better Angular books I’ve read in the last year. If you already know some Angular, and are looking to take your skills to the next level, you should add this book to your reading list. And do it fast so you can take advantage of the $5 sale.

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