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
https://www.packtpub.com/application-development/phonegap-3x-mobile-application-development-hotshot

Book Cover: PhoneGap 3.x Mobile Application Development

Book Cover: PhoneGap 3.x Mobile Application Development

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Using Cordova CLI on Mac OS X to build iOS apps – updated 9/2017


This article gets you up to speed on how to integrate your HTML/CSS/JS app with PhoneGap/Cordova into an iOS app using a Mac and prepare it for App Store submission. This article assumes you’ve already followed the steps on https://iphonedevlog.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/using-phonegap-3-0-cli-on-mac-osx-10-to-build-ios-and-android-projects/ to:

Download Node.js
Add PATH statements to .profile

In this article, I am referencing Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and Xcode 6.3.1 on a Mac Mini. Cordova CLI 5.4.1 was installed. I am referencing “cordova” in the command-line interface, not “phonegap.” This project will not use the PhoneGap Build service. Any updates to these programs may affect the following instructions.

Download Apple’s latest OS  and Xcode if you haven’t already:
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Using Cordova CLI on Mac OS X to build Android apps


This article [updated 8/2017] gets you up to speed on how to integrate your HTML/CSS/JS app with PhoneGap/Cordova into an Android app using a Mac (however, most of these steps work for iOS too) and prepare it for App Store submission. This article assumes you’ve already followed the steps here to set up your environment: https://iphonedevlog.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/setting-up-your-developmemt-environment-for-cordovaphonegap-android-projects/ Note: I no longer use Eclipse in my workflow.

I am referencing “cordova” in the command-line interface, not “phonegap.” This project will not use the PhoneGap Build service.

If you are making an app larger than 100MB for Google Play, you’ll need to make an expansion file. This 2014 article tells how to make one, though I don’t know if it works today. Amazon App Store allows apps up to 150MB before needing an expansion file.

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Notes About Using PhoneGap Build


This is not a tutorial, but a list of things a Cordova PhoneGap developer needs to know if he or she wants to start using PhoneGap Build (PGB). PGB will take your www/ assets and create the files needed for iOS, Android, and Windows devices. It doesn’t use native files, such as those ending in .h, .m, .java, etc.; the build may fail if these are included. What follows are the notes I took as I considered whether to use the service. Read this as a FAQ page for preparing an app for PGB. Curious as to whether PhoneGap Build is for you? Read on…

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Installing Chris Brody’s SQLite Database with Cordova CLI (Android)


The HTML5 SQLite spec results in a database with a limit of 5MB. Chris Brody’s SQLitePlugin, however, breaks this barrier. Here is how to implement it. These steps assume you’ve already created the Cordova project and are adding this database project to it. I recommend you build for v19.

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Adding Cordova APIs to Android via CLI: Camera and File APIs – shoot picture and upload to server folder with PHP


In this article, we are continuing our exploration of the Cordova APIs. On this page, we’ll explore the Camera and File APIs to get a photo onto the server. Here, we’ll learn how to upload the image to a server directory after shooting it.

This article requires that you have a server with PHP installed, are able to upload a file to it, and the server accepts uploads. My simple server has a CPanel interface that allowed me to do all of the above. (Don’t worry; I’m going to give you the steps for all of this.)

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Adding Cordova APIs to Android via CLI: File API


In this article, we are in part 4 of exploring the Cordova APIs, which started in https://iphonedevlog.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/adding-cordova-apis-to-android-via-cli-accelerometer-and-camera/ Refer to that article to set up your Cordova PhoneGap project files. You’ll want to follow the “Set Up the Android Project” section through step 9 inclusive. On this page, we’ll explore the File API from the perspective of getting our feet wet.

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