Getting Started: PhoneGap & Cross-Platform Mobile Development

Yeah, it's pretty awesome.

What is PhoneGap?

Mobile Apps with HTML, CSS & JS

How does PhoneGap work?

Build your UI with HTML, CSS & JavaScript

Access native functionality through PhoneGap

Package your app for distribution

Why use PhoneGap?

Have you ever tried to bulid an app that supports lots of platforms?

Write Once, Run Lots of Places

Command Line API

Adding Features


phonegap local plugin add


phonegap local plugin add

Debugging PhoneGap

Web Developer Tools

open -a /Applications/Google\ --args --allow-file-access-from-files --disable-web-security

Safari, FireFox, and IE have similar developer tools

iOS 6 On-Device Debugging

Leverages Safari Developer Tools - See details here

On-Device Remote Debugging

Aoache Ripple

What does a PhoneGap app look like?

Anything, really

BBC Olympics

Zombie Jombie


That sounds nice, but what do I do next?

You can reuse existing skills & frameworks!

(and many more)

Make your apps feel like apps!

Make your data come alive!


What if you want more?

PhoneGap is extensible!

  • PhoneGap's Native Plugin model allows you to write your own native components and expose them via JavaScript

Who uses PhoneGap/Cordova?

Andrew Trice

Technical Evangelist
Adobe Systems