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Learning Ionic

By : Arvind Ravulavaru
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Learning Ionic

By: Arvind Ravulavaru

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Learning Ionic
About the Author
About the Reviewers


Build mobile hybrid applications with ease using Ionic. Be it simple apps that integrate REST API endpoints or complicated apps that involve native features, Ionic provides a simple API to work with them.

With a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and a decent knowledge of AngularJS, one can easily convert a million-dollar idea into an app with a few lines of code.

In this book, we will explore how you can do this.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Ionic – Powered by AngularJS, introduces you to the power of AngularJS. This is why it is considered a good framework for a hybrid framework, such as Ionic.

Chapter 2, Welcome to Ionic, talks about the Mobile Hybrid framework: Cordova. It shows how Ionic fits into the bigger picture. This chapter also shows you how to install the required software for the development of the Ionic framework.

Chapter 3, Ionic CSS Components and Navigation, tells you how to use Ionic as a CSS framework for your mobile web applications. This chapter also talks about how to integrate Ionic CSS only components with AngularJS, apart from routing in Ionic apps.

Chapter 4, Ionic and SCSS, explores how to theme Ionic apps with the help of built-in SCSS support.

Chapter 5, Ionic Directives and Services, provides information on how to use Ionic's built-in directives and services, which helps to quickly bring your application to life.

Chapter 6, Building a Bookstore App, deals with how you can leverage the knowledge you have gained so far in building an Ionic client for a secured REST API. This chapter walks you through the itsy-bitsy pieces that are needed to develop Ionic apps that will simply consume REST API endpoints.

Chapter 7, Cordova and ngCordova, talks about how you can easily integrate device features, such as camera and Bluetooth, with the help of Cordova and ngCordova in your Ionic apps.

Chapter 8, Building a Messaging App, shows you how you can use all the knowledge that you have gained so far to build a messaging app, where users can register, log in, and chat with each other and share pictures and locations.

Chapter 9, Releasing the Ionic App, focuses on how to generate installers for the apps that you have built with Cordova and Ionic using the Ionic CLI and the PhoneGap build.

Appendix, Additional Topics and Tips, discusses how to efficiently use the Ionic CLI and Ionic cloud services to build, deploy, and manage your Ionic applications.

What you need for this book

To start building Ionic apps, you need to have a basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and AngularJS. A good knowledge of mobile application development, device native features, and Cordova is preferred.

You will need Node.js, Cordova CLI, and Ionic CLI installed to work with Ionic. If you are planning to add theming support and other third-party libraries, you will need Git and Bower. If you want to work with device features, such as camera or Bluetooth, you need to have their mobile OS set up on your machine.

Who this book is for

This book is intended for those who want to learn how to build hybrid mobile applications using Ionic. It is also ideal for people who want to work with theming Ionic apps, integrating with the REST API, and learning more about device features, such as camera or Bluetooth, using ngCordova.

Prior knowledge of AngularJS is essential to complete this book successfully.


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myApp.controller('logCtrl', ['$log', function($log) {
    $log.log('Log Ctrl Initialized');

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

# ionic server –l -c

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