PhoneGap Essentials: Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps

PhoneGap Essentials: Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook; 1st edition (June 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321814290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321814296
eBook Description:

PhoneGap Essentials: Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps

Using PhoneGap, mobile developers can write cross-platform mobile apps using standard HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS – and then deploy those apps to every leading mobile platform with little or no recoding. The open source PhoneGap platform has attracted immense interest amongst mobile developers, but its official documentation is sparse and incomplete. Now, for the first time, there’s a concise, practical developer’s guide to succeeding with PhoneGap in real-world mobile development. Long-time mobile developer John Wargo (author of BlackBerry Development Fundamentals) thoroughly introduces the PhoneGap platform: what it is, what it does, and how it works. Next, Wargo guides developers through configuring their PhoneGap development environments, creating a complete mobile app, and then configuring and building it for five leading mobile platforms: Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, WebOS, and Windows Phone. Example applications highlight many of PhoneGap’s key APIs, demonstrating how to use mobile platform capabilities ranging from GPS and accelerometers to file systems and built-in applications. Readers also learn how to make the most of PhoneGap Build, PhoneGap’s cloud-based packaging utility.

PhoneGap is Adobe’s distribution of the free and open source framework (originally developed by Nitobi) that is now also available from the Apache Foundation as Apache Cordova™. Using PhoneGap, developers can build native mobile apps using standard HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS, and then deploy those apps to every leading mobile platform with little or no recoding. Up to now, though, PhoneGap was lacking complete, practical documentation. PhoneGap Essentials: Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps fills that void: It’s the first concise, yet complete, tutorial for succeeding with PhoneGap in real-world development.

Experienced mobile developer John M. Wargo thoroughly introduces the PhoneGap platform, explaining what it is, what it does, and how it works. He then guides you through configuring PhoneGap environments creating complete mobile apps and building them for the Google Android™, Samsung bada, BlackBerry® devices, Apple® iOS, Symbian™ OS, and Windows® Phone. Through realistic examples, you’ll master key PhoneGap APIs for everything from GPS to the file system, contacts to camera, device to events, and more. Wargo also demonstrates how to take full advantage of PhoneGap Build, PhoneGap’s cloud-based packaging utility.

Coverage includes:

  • The anatomy of a PhoneGap application (what makes an application a PhoneGap application)
  • Understanding the impact of cross-platform development issues
  • Exploring the entire PhoneGap development process, including testing and debugging
  • Expanding PhoneGap’s capabilities with third-party development tools and plug-ins
  • Building cross-platform apps that use the device camera, compass, accelerometer, and other hardware
  • Reading from and writing to the contacts database and the device file system
  • Installing tools needed to develop PhoneGap apps for Android, bada, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian, and Windows Phone
  • Reacting to events and notifying users
  • Using the Media API to record and play media files
  • Building for multiple platforms simultaneously using PhoneGap Build

PhoneGap is Adobe’s distribution of the free and open source framework (originally developed by Nitobi) that is now also available from the Apache Foundation as Apache Cordova™. Using PhoneGap, developers can build native mobile apps using standard HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS, and then deploy those apps to every leading mobile platform with little or no recoding. Up to now, though, PhoneGap was lacking complete, practical documentation. PhoneGap Essentials: Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps fills that void: It’s the first concise, yet complete, tutorial for succeeding with PhoneGap in real-world development.

Experienced mobile developer John M. Wargo thoroughly introduces the PhoneGap platform, explaining what it is, what it does, and how it works. He then guides you through configuring PhoneGap environments creating complete mobile apps and building them for the Google Android™, Samsung bada, BlackBerry® devices, Apple® iOS, Symbian™ OS, and Windows® Phone. Through realistic examples, you’ll master key PhoneGap APIs for everything from GPS to the file system, contacts to camera, device to events, and more. Wargo also demonstrates how to take full advantage of PhoneGap Build, PhoneGap’s cloud-based packaging utility.

Using PhoneGap, mobile developers can write cross-platform mobile apps using standard HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS – and then deploy those apps to every leading mobile platform with little or no recoding. The open source PhoneGap platform has attracted immense interest amongst mobile developers, but its official documentation is sparse and incomplete. Now, for the first time, there’s a concise, practical developer’s guide to succeeding with PhoneGap in real-world mobile development. Long-time mobile developer John Wargo (author of BlackBerry Development Fundamentals) thoroughly introduces the PhoneGap platform: what it is, what it does, and how it works. Next, Wargo guides developers through configuring their PhoneGap development environments, creating a complete mobile app, and then configuring and building it for five leading mobile platforms: Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Symbian, WebOS, and Windows Phone. Example applications highlight many of PhoneGap’s key APIs, demonstrating how to use mobile platform capabilities ranging from GPS and accelerometers to file systems and built-in applications. Readers also learn how to make the most of PhoneGap Build, PhoneGap’s cloud-based packaging utility.

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