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Great intro but explains too little and goes too fast
on 30 October 2013
This book is quite good up to chapter 3 where the user is confronted with a total overload of tools. Worse still, trying to follow the instructions there in many cases does not work. Also, various examples on the internet do not work. The problem there is the API instability of the various test tools used. Also, the explanations in the book do not help at all as there is far more too explain. Most of the explanations there raise more questions than they answer.
Then in chapter 4 I ended up almost throwing the book away because some basic concepts about the APIs are not explained. You just get shown new syntax and methods that haven't been introduced before. There I could get by by using the example code ([...] in combination with the angular js API docs ([...] The book simply shows code examples without going into any detail on the APIs and API concepts. For instance, I had to learn from the API docs that angular uses a specific method of 'Dependency Injection annotated functions', by passing either the function object or an array consisting of the names of the dependencies followed by the function at the end. Also, various concepts, like '$save' for objects obtained from REST invocations are not explained. In particular, the explanation of the module API in the angular JS docs really helped.
I also watched various introductions on the internet (search for 'AngularJS Fundamentals In 60-ish Minutes' on youtube), that are far better at explaining the core concepts than this book is.
All in all, you can learn a lot about angular js while using this compact book, but be prepared to really take extra time to watch introductions on youtube, try out things for yourself, and read the API docs. Of course, this is what you would usually do when learning a new technology, but this book could have done a lot better at helping you with this and explaining a few core concepts better.