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Mobile App Manual: The Blueprint: How to Start Creating Mobile Apps Using jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap Build

Mobile App Manual: The Blueprint: How to Start Creating Mobile Apps Using jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap Build

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Mobile App Manual: The Blueprint: How to Start Creating Mobile Apps Using jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap Build

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Apr 25, 2013


Mobile App Manual: The Blueprint is a starting point for building native mobile applications using web technologies. You'll learn about a process developed using tools like jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap Build, that will allow you to create mobile applications quickly and easily. You'll also learn how to leverage skills typically used to develop desktop websites to create modern hybrid mobile applications, so you can write your code once, and deploy your apps across a wide variety of devices and app stores.
Apr 25, 2013

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Mobile App Manual - Jeff Pelletier

ISBN: 9780989072106

Table of Contents


Why I Wrote This Book

Who This Book Is For

Chapter 1: The Mobile Landscape

How We Got Here

What Are Web Standards?

Touch Devices & Web Standards

Types Of Mobile Experiences

Mobile Websites

Mobile Web Apps

Native Apps

Hybrid Apps

App Evolution

Webkit + Progressive Enhancement

Reduce Complexity, Leverage Existing Skills

Data Monster, Me Hungry

Enough Already!

Chapter 2: The Tools

Web Technology Crash Course




What Is A JavaScript Library?

jQuery Mobile, Introduced

Core jQuery Example

PhoneGap, Introduced

The PhoneGap API

PhoneGap Build

PhoneGap Build Tools

Get Ready to Rock

Chapter 3: The Process

Create: Start with Content

Develop: Leverage jQuery Mobile

Test: Use Safari, PhoneGap and SpeedLimit

Safari Development Setup

Safari Development Rundown

PhoneGap Build Tools

My Network Is Slower Than Brick Tamland (Or, 60% Of The Time, It Works All The Time)


Package: Leverage PhoneGap Build

Submitting To PhoneGap Build

Deploy: Submit To App Stores

The Sphinx Gate

Submitting To App Stores

Submitting An iOS App To The iTunes App Store

Chapter 4: The Future Of Hybrid Apps

Faster Devices, Faster Networks

Better Web Standards Support

More Designers & Developers With Web App Experience

To Infinity, And Beyond! (Or, Firefox OS)

What's Next?



Writing this book has been a fun and challenging experience for me. I started writing it before either jQuery Mobile or PhoneGap were at version 1.0, which presented the difficulty of writing about technologies while they're still being incubated, and changing rapidly.

The book started as a way for me to keep my sanity: I was tasked with developing apps for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry platforms, with only web development experience in my back pocket. I started documenting the steps involved in downloading, installing, configuring and eventually using the individual SDKs for a variety of mobile platforms. As I spent more time working with the individual SDKs, I began to realize what a monumental task this is for someone getting into mobile app development for the first time. I also believed there had to be a better, and easier way.

Mobile App Manual: The Blueprint is a summary of what I learned while going through this process, and it wouldn't have been possible without the help of a few key individuals.

First I'd like to thank Leonard Phillips, for his expertise in editing technical subjects. Without his attention to detail, my prose would not be nearly as eloquent.

I'd also like to thank Kevin and Mary Pelletier, for the wonderful web and cover design, respectively. I can't wait for the 2nd edition so we can start the hupdates (

I'd like to thank my parents, and my grandparents, for providing me with an environment in which I was able to thrive, and without whom I would never be in the position I'm in today.

Most importantly, I'd like to thank my wife and children, for allowing me to spend so much time over the past few years focusing on writing this book. I wouldn't have had the ability to create this book without your unconditional understanding.

If you enjoy Mobile App Manual: The Blueprint, or just have suggestions or any feedback at all, feel free to get in touch with me at, tweet me at @withinsight, or visit the companion website at

Jeff Pelletier

April 6, 2013


Mobile applications have made a large impact in recent years. The numbers are nothing short of phenomenal. If you don't have a mobile app for your product or services, chances are you're interested in creating one. This book will help you get started.

The mobile app landscape is a complex, ever-changing one, and can be confusing to anyone diving in for the first time. My hope is that through this book, I can share the knowledge I've gained publishing mobile apps over the past few years to individuals or businesses that may not have the budget to staff a full-time mobile developer, or to provide an improved, more cost-efficient process to

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