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:
Add PATH statements to .profile
Install Cordova CLI
In this article, I am referencing Mac OS X Mavericks 10.8.5 and Xcode 5.0.2 on a Mac Mini. PhoneGap CLI 3.3.0 was downloaded. I am referencing “cordova” in the command-line interface, not “phonegap.” This project will not use the PhoneGap Build service. Continue reading
Newcomers ask this question a lot. I’ve posted my response to this under the link, “Which programming language should I learn to make apps?” I hope it helps to narrow down your choice of languages to start learning. I posted it here so I can point to it when I encounter the question in forum posts.
Before you can install the app you create with PhoneGap on your device, you need to sign up as a Developer with Apple and go through the business documentation, Certificate Signing, and Developer Certificate process, all of which are detailed on Apple’s web site (https://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/), under Prepare for App Submission. Nevertheless, you can skip all those steps and still see your work in the the iOS Simulator included with Xcode — you just won’t be able to view the app in your device or App Store. Xcode is a free download you can download now, but the Developer status comes at $99 a year. Continue reading
Currently, Weinre, developed by Patrick Mueller, only works in Webkit-based browsers like Google and Safari, as used in iPhone and Android devices. Here are the steps to download and install the software tool, and get it running on an iPod touch device running an app which uses Cordova PhoneGap. These steps are extremely thorough, designed for newbies to coding. (You’re welcome.)
(Sept. 21, 2012 update: If you use a Mac, you may want to try the iWebInspector, which is more feature-rich and designed to replace Weinre on the Mac.) Continue reading
If you use HTML5 Local Storage or SQLite in your iPhone apps, you’ll want to read the urgent forum thread on the Apple Developer Forums here: https://devforums.apple.com/thread/123107?start=0&tstart=0 (signin required).
Due to Apple NDA rules, I can’t divulge more, only that you may want to find another way to persist information if the current beta becomes final.
See another article on my site that now addresses this problem.
Apple must have written a gazillion tech notes on a variety of issues people have with their products. Here’s one I wished I had known about sooner to help me with my code signing blues. It has a sexy name, too: TN2250.
Check it out next time an error mentions anything about code signing.
When I have a new Xcode project and need to test on my device, these are the steps I take to get a provisioning profile working right the first time. (Vcode 3) Continue reading