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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
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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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.
Release dateApr 25, 2013
Mobile App Manual: The Blueprint: How to Start Creating Mobile Apps Using jQuery Mobile and PhoneGap Build
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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 (hupdates.com).

    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 withinsightdesign@gmail.com, tweet me at @withinsight, or visit the companion website at mobileappmanual.com.

    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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