Application Development Using PhoneGap
Most people around the tech-globe had decided to stay away from HTML for a long time, to avoid messy code, and multiple hacks for various browsers. But, it looks like the World Wide Web has evolved again in the developer community by the introduction of PhoneGap framework.
The concept of PhoneGap is based on the fundamentals of application development. It suffices, any application that requires to display an information, save some data populated by the user, use some device API’s, contact a remote server, and handle notifications. The concept is well-used for any such application that needs to be made available for multiple platforms including iOS, Android, Symbian, Blackberry, Windows, WebOS, Bada, and Palm. Applications built on PhoneGap are deployed as a native application for each platform, so the developer will need SDK for any platform, he wishes to deploy his application at.
Now that we have spoken about application development, it is inevitable that we shed some light on application testing on PhoneGap. Since PhoneGap is open-web standards based, an application can easily be tested on any browser, like safari, chrome e.t.c. Similarly, an application can also be debugged using browser-debugging add-ons like firebug.
Due to same reason, an application on PhoneGap might look very similar to those of any web pages. Most development protocols are also very similar, except for installation, and deployment stages. Talking about User Experience, it is very essential to mention, that mostly applications on PhoneGap use Jquery mobile for their user interface, as it comes with great variety and libraries for interactive UI development.
Technically, you can also use Web-SQL for your database, and subsequently facilitate yourself with browser’s local storage API facility. It also supports Jquery (mobile version), JQTouch, and Sencha helping developers to avoid a lot of low-level programming code. It has been built on MVC standards, making it easier for the developers to understand the baseline on which the platform stands.
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