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1. PhoneGap: Beginner’s Guide, 3rd Edition (2015)

Create, develop, debug, and deploy your very own mobile applications with PhoneGap

About This Book

  • Build hybrid mobile applications with PhoneGap/Cordova using HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Optimize and increase the performance of you applications with Phonegap/Cordova plugins
  • A step by step guide, filled with real-world examples to help you create hybrid mobile applications

Who This Book Is For

This book is for web developers who want to be productive in the mobile market quickly. In fact, by using PhoneGap, it’s possible to deploy native applications based on web standards. This book assumes a very small knowledge of HTML/CSS/JavaScript and mobile platforms, such as Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Windows Phone, and takes the reader step-by-step into a deep overview of PhoneGap and its APIs.

What You Will Learn

  • Get acquainted with the fundamentals of PhoneGap
  • Use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create, debug, and deploy your own mobile applications
  • Work with mobile-specific frameworks such as iOS and Android to design your applications
  • Install and work with all PhoneGap/Cordova plugins
  • Implement device-oriented APIs related to contacts, files, the camera, and geolocations
  • Use PhoneGap/Cordova events for accessibility
  • Enhance and optimize your application for real-time environments

In Detail

Given the increase in usage of mobile devices, mobile app development is in huge demand. This book provides you with the skills you need to successfully create, develop, debug, and deploy a cross-platform mobile application with PhoneGap 5. The book starts with the basics of PhoneGap, covering setting up your development environment, creating a simple project, and debugging and deploying it to your mobile devices. By sequentially working through the sections in each chapter, you will quickly get to know about the available features of various mobile frameworks and the various PhoneGap plugins you can utilize to create your apps. You will then learn how to build a hybrid application using PhoneGap. Finally, by the end of the book, you will be able to implement the most common features of modern mobile apps and build rich, native-style applications.

Author(s): Purusothaman Ramanujam, Giorgio Natili

2. PhoneGap Essentials (2015)

Use PhoneGap to build cross-platform mobile applications quickly and efficiently

About This Book

  • Build native mobile phone applications with HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS
  • Incorporate smartphone capabilities such as GPS, camera, accelerometer, and more into your apps for any mobile platform
  • Use Cordova view to embed PhoneGap into native applications to either transit smoothly to PhoneGap or incorporate PhoneGap functionalities

Who This Book Is For

If you are a mobile application developer in iOS or Android, or a web application developer who wants to learn how to make cross-platform mobile applications using PhoneGap, this book is perfect for you. To make the most of this book, it will be helpful if you have prior knowledge of HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

What You Will Learn

  • Get to grips with the fundamentals of PhoneGap to get started
  • Set up a development environment for Linux, Mac OS, and Windows
  • Use Cordova CLI, workflows, and Plugman Plugin manager to create mobile applications efficiently
  • Understand the development workflow to create native cross-platform mobile applications
  • Embed plugin support to transition to PhoneGap or use it to enhance existing applications
  • Improve your mobile development knowledge using object-oriented programming (OOP), reusable components, and AJAX closures
  • Be empowered to build your own mobile apps quickly with ease
  • Discover tips and tricks to make app development fun and easy

In Detail

PhoneGap is an open source framework that allows you to quickly build cross-platform mobile apps using HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. PhoneGap Build is a cloud service that allows you to quickly develop and compile mobile applications without SDKs, compilers, and hardware. PhoneGap allows you to use its existing plugins or create new ones, as per your requirements, to enhance your mobile applications.

Starting by installing PhoneGap, you’ll develop an app that uses various device capabilities through different plugins and learn how to build an app in the cloud with PhoneGap’s Build service.

You’ll discover how to use PhoneGap to create an application view, along with how to use a camera, geolocation, and other device capabilities to create engaging apps. Next, you’ll augment applications with PhoneGap’s plugins using minimalistic code. You’ll explore the app preparation process to deploy your app to the app store.

By the end of the book, you’ll have also learned how to apply hybrid mobile UIs that will work across different platforms and different screen sizes for better user experience.

Style and approach

This is an example-based, fast-paced guide that covers the fundamentals of creating cross-platform mobile applications with PhoneGap.

Author(s): Ivan Turkovic

3. PhoneGap 4 Mobile Application Development (2017)

This book gives you practical lessons on how to build a world class mobile application using PhoneGap. Whether you are a brand new to mobile application development, a web developer expert, or a seasoned mobile application developer, this book will guide you through creating hybrid mobile applications.If you are a developer who wants to get started with mobile application development using PhoneGap, then this book is for you. Previous experience with data mining libraries will help, but is not mandatory. A basic understanding of web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is a must.

Author(s): David Wilson

4. PhoneGap 4 Mobile Application Development Cookbook (2015)

Build real-world hybrid mobile applications using the robust PhoneGap development platform

About This Book

  • Get to grips with the usage of PhoneGap and its command-line interface
  • Learn to use numerous plugins to access several hardware capabilities
  • Step-by-step instructions on creating captivating mobile applications using popular frameworks

Who This Book Is For

If you are a developer who wants to get started with mobile application development using PhoneGap, then this book is for you. Previous experience with data mining libraries will help, but is not mandatory. A basic understanding of web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is a must.

What You Will Learn

  • Set up a development environment to develop PhoneGap applications
  • Generate, build, and run applications using the PhoneGap command-line interface
  • Install plugins from the command line to add native capabilities to your application
  • Call the JavaScript API of plugins and hook into native events
  • Manipulate DOM using zepto and xuijs
  • Develop a user interface using jQuery Mobile and the Ionic framework
  • Get accustomed to using the PhoneGap Build service

In Detail

Developing mobile applications often feels intimidating. Especially when building cross-platform application. We have to learn a specific programming language to build an application for each platform. PhoneGap makes cross-platform mobile application development faster and easier by using web technologies such as HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript.

This book gives you practical lessons on how to build a world class mobile application using PhoneGap. Whether you are a brand new to mobile application development, a web developer expert, or a seasoned mobile application developer, this book will guide you through creating hybrid mobile applications.

Starting with setting up a development environment, the book moves on to utilizing a new PhoneGap command-line tool, installing plugins, and designing your application. It then moves on to concepts such as file system, storage, and local database, the book effectively lays a solid base for advanced topics.

By working through the steps in each chapter, you will quickly master the features of PhoneGap. By the end of the book, you will be able to successfully build a highly functional, real-world hybrid mobile application using PhoneGap.

Style and approach

And easy-to-follow guide full of practical examples of real-world mobile application. Each topic is explained step by step with detailed explanations on each concept.

Author(s): Zainul Setyo Pamungkas

5. PhoneGap by Example (2015)

Use PhoneGap to apply web development skills and learn variety of cross-platform mobile applications

About This Book

  • Utilize the robust features of the mobile hybrid approach to develop, test, and publish mobile applications using the PhoneGap framework
  • Use your web skills for hybrid mobile application development and deliver to many mobile platforms without rewriting the code
  • Develop a set of ready-to-use mobile applications with this practical, comprehensive, step-by-step guide

Who This Book Is For

If you are a web developer with some experience in development of single page applications and want to enter the world of mobile applications, then this technology and book is ideal for you. Since PhoneGap maintains an incredibly easy-to-use plugin interface, no previous experience in native languages development (such as Objective-C or Java) is required.

What You Will Learn

  • Set up plugins to access the camera and filesystem to capture media
  • Build a custom RESTful service and integrate it with a PhoneGap application
  • Integrate a HTML5 Canvas element to create mobile games
  • Build scalable applications using a modern mobile web framework
  • Interact with RESTful services from a mobile application
  • Build an audio/video chat facility using PhoneGap and WebRTC technologies
  • Develop a PhoneGap plugin with native interfaces for iOS and Android
  • In Detail

    PhoneGap is a free and open source framework that allows you to create mobile apps using standardized web APIs for the platforms you care about. It is one of the first and fastest spreading tools to develop hybrid applications using CSS, JavaScript, and HTML, without losing the advantages of native applications.

    If you are already a web developer, this book will provide you with the skills you need to create, customize, test, and deploy hybrid mobile applications. Starting from the beginning, this book will cover how to set up your PhoneGap development environment, add mobile web frameworks and plugins, design and customize the application layout, and utilize the embedded features of the PhoneGap framework.

    By working through the steps in each chapter, you will quickly master a variety of mobile applications with totally different approaches. You will then learn how to develop a PhoneGap plugin with native interfaces for iOS and Android, as well as common approaches to test PhoneGap applications.

    With ample screenshots that show you how to build a phenomenal application, PhoneGap by Example will ensure your success with this cutting-edge mobile development framework for hybrid applications.

    Style and approach

    An easy-to-follow guide packed with hands-on examples of real-world mobile applications. Each topic is explained sequentially in the process of creating a hybrid mobile application, and detailed explanations of the basic and advanced features of PhoneGap are included.

Author(s): Andrey Kovalenko

6. PhoneGap Essentials: Building Cross-platform Mobile Apps (Older Version 2012) (2012)

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 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 

About the Website

Downloadable code projects, additional information, and errata are available at phonegapessentials.com.

Author(s): John M. Wargo

7. Mastering PhoneGap Mobile Application Development (2016)

Key Features

  • Create a useful PhoneGap workflow for larger projects in order to simplify and manage the development process
  • Use third-party plugins, IndexedDB, and SQLite for PhoneGap to develop large-scale, data-driven, and highly accessible applications
  • A pragmatic guide to construct top-notch large-scale applications using PhoneGap

Book Description

PhoneGap is a useful and flexible tool that enables you to create complex hybrid applications for mobile platforms. In addition to the core technology, there is a large and vibrant community that creates third-party plugins that can take your app to the next level.

This book will guide you through the process of creating a complex data-driven hybrid mobile application using PhoneGap, web technologies, and third-party plugins.

A good foundation is critical, so you will learn how to create a useful workflow to make development easier. From there, the next version of JavaScript (ES6) and the CSS pre-processor SASS are introduced as a way to simplify creating the look of the mobile application. Responsive design techniques are also covered, including the flexbox layout module. As many apps are data-driven, you’ll build an application throughout the course of the book that relies upon IndexedDB and SQLite. You’ll also download additional content and address how to handle in-app purchases. Furthermore, you’ll build your own customized plugins for your particular use case. When the app is complete, the book will guide you through the steps necessary to submit your app to the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores.

What you will learn

  • Construct build workflows that simplify complex application development
  • Integrate the next version of JavaScript to simplify your code
  • Create accessible hybrid applications
  • Persist and query data using third-party database plugins
  • Create your own PhoneGap plugins for your unique use cases
  • Create icons and splash screens suitable for submission to app stores
  • Publish your app to the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores

About the Author

Kerri Shotts has worked with computers for nearly 25 years. Her love for technology and programming started when she was introduced to her first computer: a Commodore 64. She obtained a degree in computer science while at college, and moved on to become a software test engineer. Afterward, she became an Oracle Database Administrator for several years. Now, she works as a technology consultant, creating, implementing, and maintaining custom applications (both desktop and mobile), websites, graphics and logos, and more for her clients. You can find her blog posts on her website (http://www.photokandy.com/) and she is active on the Google Groups for PhoneGap. When she isn’t working, she enjoys photography, music, and fish keeping. She is the author of several books published by Packt Publishing.

Table of Contents

  1. Task Automation
  2. ECMAScript 2015 and Browserify
  3. Sassy CSS
  4. More Responsive Design
  5. Hybrid Application Accessibility
  6. Testing and UI Automation
  7. IndexedDB
  8. Web SQL Database
  9. Transferring Files
  10. Performance
  11. Graphical Assets
  12. Deployment

Author(s): Kerri Shotts

8. Beginning PhoneGap (2011)

Create cross-platform mobile apps without having to learn a new language!

PhoneGap is an open source solution, ideal for web developers wanting to build cross-platform mobile apps without having to learn a new language. Using HTML, CSS, and Javascript, PhoneGap allows you to jump into the mobile world and develop apps for iPhone, Android, and the BlackBerry.

  • Walks you through installing the development software
  • Covers the basics of each of PhoneGap’s functional units
  • Introduces various projects you can build with the framework
  • Discusses using HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Explores the features accelerameter and compass
  • Examines media, storage and files, camera, contacts, geolocation, and more

Within Beginning PhoneGap, each new chapter builds on the lessons taught in the previous so that by the end of the book, you can have mobile apps up and running!

“NOTE: Several significant changes to the PhoneGap software occurred shortly after this book was published. The author has written extra pages to address these and other changes. You can download the updates to this book from the book’s support page on the Wrox website.” 

Author(s): Thomas Myer

9. Beginning App Development with Parse and PhoneGap (2015)

Beginning App Development with Parse and PhoneGap teaches you how to start app development with Parse and PhoneGap: free and open source software. Using the building block languages of the web–HTML, JavaScript, and CSS–you’ll be on your way to creating a fully working product with minimal effort as fast as possible. With over 25 years’ of combined experience, the authors make daunting tasks seem trivial. There is no book on the market that can take you from designer to developer faster.

Using Facebook’s Parse as backend service, and Adobe’s PhoneGap (or Cordova) as a mobile development framework, building a highly customizable application is easier than you can imagine. A basic understanding of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS is not required, but it will help you pick up concepts faster.

This book is geared toward a designer who wants to explore the world of application development. If you do not know anything about design, that’s OK! We will walk you through step by step on how to build your first native iOS or Android app in the fastest and easiest way possible. Using free and open source software, this book will get you up and running quickly and efficiently–start using Parse and PhoneGap today with this key title.

Author(s): Stephan Alber, Wilkins Fernandez

10. Mobile HTML5: Using the Latest Today (2013)

Build kickass websites and applications for all mobile (and non-mobile) platforms by adding HTML5 and CSS3 to your web development toolkit. With this hands-on book, you’ll learn how to develop web apps that not only work on iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone, but also perform well and provide good user experience.

With lots of code and markup examples, you’ll learn best practices for using HTML5 features, including new web forms, SVG, Canvas, localStorage, and related APIs. You’ll also get an in-depth look at CSS3, and discover how to design apps for large monitors and tiny screens alike.

  • Learn HTML5’s elements, syntax, and semantics
  • Build forms that provide enhanced usability with less JavaScript
  • Explore HTML5 media APIs for graphics, video, and audio
  • Enable your applications to work offline, using AppCache, localStorage, and other APIs
  • Learn what you need to know about CSS3 selectors and syntax
  • Dive into CSS3 features such as multiple backgrounds, gradients, border-images, transitions, transforms, and animations
  • Make your web applications usable, responsive, and accessible.
  • Design for performance, user experience, and reliability on all platforms

Author(s): Estelle Weyl

11. Beginning NFC: Near Field Communication with Arduino, Android, and PhoneGap by Tom Igoe (2014-02-03) (1721)


Beginning NFC: Near Field Communication with Arduino, Android, and PhoneGap by Tom Igoe (2014-02-03) [Tom Igoe;Don Coleman;Brian Jepson] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

Author(s): Tom Igoe;Don Coleman;Brian Jepson

12. Mobile App Development with HTML5 (2015)

Are you looking to create mobile apps that work across multiple platforms? If so, this book has you covered! Get ready to use PhoneGap to leverage your already existing HTML, Javascript and CSS skills in order to create and deploy cross-platform mobile apps. This book will comprehensively cover HTML5 mobile app development from top to bottom. After reading this book, you’ll be able to set up your app development studio with tools of the trade, test your app on both mobile and virtual devices, write appropriate HTML5 for mobile development, use CSS3 to create stunning mobile user interfaces, understand the “10 Foot Experience” (Mobile apps on your TV). You’ll also learn how to use web services (like Google APIs), parse XML and JSON content, store data on the device, create apps that work offline, integrate audio and video and control media playback, use geolocation services and Google Maps, work with the device accelerometer hardware, use jQuery Mobile controls and styling, use a device’s internal storage system. You’ll work with device contacts and device notifications, understand in-app purchasing and place your finished app in the app store. Code along with master instructor Mark Lassoff as he walks you through everything you need to know about mobile app development with HTML5. Through dozens of code examples and multiple labs designed to reinforce your new skills, you’ll master the concepts you need to know in order to become a successful app developer in no time! Over 150,000 people have already learned programming from Mark Lassoff, and you can, too! Get started creating mobile apps today with HTML5!

Author(s): Mark Lassoff, Mr Tom Stachowitz