31 October 2011
Some experience with Dreamweaver is helpful, but an interest in developing mobile applications is essential.
This article provides an introduction to PhoneGap as well as some general mobile development advice that you should consider before you start building your mobile app.
Because you do not have to rewrite your code in a different programming language for each platform, developing a multiplatform app with PhoneGap is often significantly faster than developing apps for each platform individually.
If you've yet to start a mobile development project, there are a few things to consider before you do, including whether you need to build a mobile app at all and which platforms you will be targeting.
A big question to consider before you start development is if you should make a mobile application in the first place. In some cases, it might make sense to skip the mobile application and instead develop for the browser. Here are some points that might help you decide:
Reasons to build a mobile app
Reasons to build a mobile website
When designing for multiple mobile devices, consider the following best practices and caveats:
After reading this brief introduction to PhoneGap and considering a few mobile development options, you're ready to move on to Andrew Trice's PhoneGap series, such as:
Also, explore the following sites:
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