Introduction to Mobile Development with PhoneGap

Yeah, it's pretty awesome.

What is PhoneGap?

An application container that allows you to build natively installed apps using HTML, CSS & JavaScript

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?


Is Now This

Write Once, Run Lots of Places

Why Else?

  • Lower barrier to entry
  • Reduced required developer skills
  • Reduced long term maintenance
  • Seamless integration with existing HTTP-based systems
  • Reusable assets between mobile and web properties

What does a PhoneGap app look like?

Anything, really

BBC Olympics

Zombie Jombie



Bit Timer

US Census Browser

Adobe SCInsight

Let's take a look at some apps...

Building PhoneGap Apps

Platform IDEs


Visual Studio


Debugging PhoneGap Apps

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


(iOS 5 only)

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!

Who uses PhoneGap/Cordova?

Andrew Trice

Technical Evangelist
Adobe Systems