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PhoneGap Build

Developing Cross Platform Mobile Applications in the Cloud, 1st Edition

By Bintu Harwani

Auerbach Publications

303 pages | 164 B/W Illus.

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PhoneGap is a standards-based, open-source development framework that can be deployed to any mobile device without losing the features of the native app—allowing for access to device contacts, the local file system, camera, and media on multiple platforms without requiring users to write a single line of code.

Ideal for intermediate to advanced users, PhoneGap Build: Developing Cross Platform Mobile Applications in the Cloud offers the comprehensive coverage you need to harness the power of this dynamic tool. It provides complete coverage of the cloud computing platform and the theories behind cloud computing, using a series of engaging examples.

The book explains the differences between existing mobile platforms, the different types of browsers they support, and the programming languages and integrated development environment required to develop apps for each of them. It then describes how PhoneGap makes the task of developing cross-platform mobile apps easier. This book will teach you how to use:

  • HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript to develop apps for devices across various mobile operating systems
  • PhoneGap Build to develop mobile apps in the cloud
  • PhoneGap with Sencha Touch and jQuery Mobile
  • Back end databases to store and retrieve information

The text starts with simpler applications and gradually moves toward describing advanced concepts and how to exploit different application programming interfaces and methods. By the time you finish the book, you will learn how to develop feature-rich mobile applications that can run on the cloud to support different platforms.

Supplying authoritative guidance and proven best practices for designing cloud-based applications, the book is an ideal reference for cloud system developers, architects, and IT professionals. It is also suitable for use in instructional settings.

Table of Contents

Introducing PhoneGap

Introduction to PhoneGap

Exploring PhoneGap Features

Setting Up an Android Environment

Creating a First PhoneGap Application for Android

Updating the Activity Class

Configuring the Project Metadata

Creating Android Virtual Devices

Running the Application

Ensuring PhoneGap Is Loaded


Creating a User Interface

Getting Data through a Text Box

Getting User’s Choice through Checkboxes and Radio Buttons

Displaying Options through Drop-Down Lists

Implementing Navigation

Introducing Debugging Capabilities

Creating a Keystore and Digitally Signing the Android Application

Manually Creating a Keystore and Signing the Application

Creating a Private Keystore

Creating an Unsigned Android Application

Signing the Application with a Private Key

Using Export Wizard for Creating a Keystore and Signing the Application

Installing Applications on the Emulator and Device

Using the Android Debug Bridge Program to Install Applications

Installing Applications to the Device Using Eclipse ADT


Configuring PhoneGap

Configuring PhoneGap for iOS

Configuring PhoneGap for Windows Phone 7

Creating a Project Template

Creating a Windows Phone 7 Project

Configuring PhoneGap for the BlackBerry

Configuring PhoneGap for bada

Configuring PhoneGap for webOS

Installing HP webOS SDK

Installing Oracle VM VirtualBox

Installing webOS Plug-In in Eclipse IDE

Creating a webOS Application

Importing the PhoneGap Package


Using PhoneGap Build

Beginning with PhoneGap Build

Defining the Structure of the Application to Upload

Creating Builds for Different Mobile Platforms

Loading Private Keys

Installing the Builds on the Emulator

Downloading Apps Directly to the Device

Debugging the Apps


Using Contacts

Creating Contacts Manually

Reading Contacts

Adding Contacts

Adding Detailed Information of the Contacts

Deleting and Updating Contacts


jQuery Mobile

Introducing jQuery Mobile

Declaring a jQuery Mobile Page


Handling Page Navigation

Using Lists

Creating Count Bubbles

Creating Inset Lists

Adding List Dividers

Creating Collapsible Lists

Creating Numbered Lists

Displaying Thumbnails and Icons in the List

Applying a Search Filter

Creating Split Button Lists

Creating Dialogs

Creating Forms in jQuery Mobile

Input Field


Checkboxes and Radio Buttons

Drop-Down Lists

Displaying Date and Time Pickers

On/Off Switches


Grouping Controls


Storing Data

Using Storage API

Methods of the Storage API






Creating a Database

Creating Tables and Inserting Rows

Listing Rows

Deleting Rows

Editing Rows


Using PhoneGap API

Using Accelerometer API

Using Accelerometer Methods

getCurrentAcceleration() Method

watchAcceleration() Method

clearWatch() Method

Using Camera API

Using the Capture API

Capturing Audio

Capturing Video

Capturing Images

Using Geolocation API

Getting a Device’s Current Location

Watching a Device’s Location

Canceling a Watch

Using Google Maps API

Displaying Google Maps

Combining the Geolocation and Google Maps API

Displaying Google Map Centered at the Device Location

Displaying Markers on the Map

Drawing Lines on the Map

Finding the Distance between Two Positions

Dragging Markers and Computing Distances

Using the Geocoder Class

Using Compass API


Sencha Touch

Introducing Sencha Touch

Overview of the Sencha Touch Class Library

Model View Controller (MVC) Architecture

Enabling Web Servers

Installing Sencha Touch 2 SDK

Using the Sencha Cmd

Folder Organization of the Sencha Touch App

Understanding Component Class

Container Classes


Creating Views

Understanding the Index.html File

Using the Ext.application Class

Sencha Touch Fields

Using xtype

Event Handling


Getting Components

Creating a Welcome Application

Welcome Application in MVC Format

Styling Buttons

Displaying Icons in Buttons

Creating a Login Form

Creating a List Application

Navigating Using Tabs


Appendix A: Setting Up an Android Environment

Setting Up an Android Environment

Adding Platforms and Other Components

Installing Eclipse

Installing the Android Developer Tool (ADT) Plug-In

Making the ADT Plug-In Functional

Appendix B: Using Github


About the Author

M.Harwani is founder and owner of Microchip Computer Education (MCE), based in Ajmer, India that provides computer education in all programming and web developing platforms. He graduated with a BE in computer engineering from the University of Pune, and also has a 'C' Level (master's diploma in computer technology) from DOEACC, Government Of India. Being involved in teaching field for over 17 years, he has developed the art of explaining even the most complicated topics in a straightforward and easily understandable fashion. He has written several books on various subjects that includes JSP, JSF, EJB, PHP, .Net, Joomla, jQuery, WordPress and Smartphones. To learn more, visit his blog:

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