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PhoneGap Build
Developing Cross Platform Mobile Applications in the Cloud

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ISBN 9781466589742
Published November 21, 2013 by Auerbach Publications
303 Pages 164 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


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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: