Setting Up Your Development Environment for Cordova/PhoneGap Android projects

Adobe PhoneGap/Apache Cordova CLI quickly sets up your project files for the mobile environment. However, it requires a hefty setup of your development environment before you can begin making Android apps. If you are a working developer, all these tools are par for the course and you’ll have them already installed. If you are trying out Cordova/PhoneGap for the first time, and you are new to the programming world – welcome! – you need to install all the “dependencies” that Cordova/PhoneGap assumes is already resident on your system. Follow all these steps to make your Cordova/PhoneGap work go smoothly. Of course, these steps need to be done just once. Continue reading

Signing an Android Apk Without Eclipse (in Mac OS X)

From time to time I get frustrated with Eclipse. For those who have buggy software or other problems that hinder you from creating an apk file, you can follow these steps apart from opening Eclipse.

The information is divided into two sections. The first section is for new, version 1 apps in which a private key and keystore need to be generated. The second section is for version 2+ apps, in which the keystore is already present and needs to be applied to the apk to sign it. Just follow all these steps in the Terminal app Рyou need open no other software.  Continue reading

Using Android Studio Beta with Cordova PhoneGap

I installed Android Studio Beta to see how it currently stacks up against Eclipse. It’s apparent that Android Development Tools for Eclipse is going the way of the dodo and will no longer be updated as vigorously. It’s my impression that Android Studio Beta (AS) is Google’s new SDK to replace Eclipse. We’ll need to learn it sooner or later, so why not now? Here are my notes as I set up the environment and discover the path to creating an apk. These steps track the install and setup of Android Studio down to outputting a signed apk for Google Play upload.¬† Continue reading

Cordova, iPhone 6, and iOS 8

Shazron of Adobe System’s Inc. gives us the latest news about Cordova and Apple’s release of iOS 8. Here’s what we need to change to get our apps ready for iOS 8:

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Book Review: PhoneGap 3.x Mobile Application Development

PhoneGap 3.x Mobile Application Development
Kerri Shotts
“Create useful and exciting real-world apps for iOS and Android devices with 12 fantastic projects”
Packt Publishers

Book Cover: PhoneGap 3.x Mobile Application Development

Book Cover: PhoneGap 3.x Mobile Application Development

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Using the Ionic Framework UI Elements

Ionic has many useable UI elements, including lists, buttons, forms and form elements, and so on. Ionic is both a CSS framework and a Javascript UI library. You can use them as is in your HTML. In this article, I’ll show you how to incorporate these elements as straight HTML code. I won’t be going into the more high-end, dynamic aspects of the Ionic framework in this article.

This tutorial assumes you already have installed:
node.js (
Cordova PhoneGap (

This tutorial assumes you:
1. Know how to set up Android and iOS SDKs for development, and setting PATH statements. See my other articles on how to do this.
2. Have created several basic Cordova PhoneGap projects, including adding InAppBrowser plugin and making config.xml changes for it. Continue reading

Updating and Reverting to Different Cordova PhoneGap Versions

If you want to update your version of Cordova PhoneGap to the latest version, or you want to revert to an earlier version (to test or debug), here are the steps to follow. I also have instructions on updating the plugins and platform versions here.

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