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Apache Cordova 3 Programming

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  • Copyright 2014
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/4"
  • Pages: 262
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-95736-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-95736-8

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Written for experienced mobile developers, Apache Cordova 3 Programming  is a complete introduction to Apache Cordova 3 and Adobe PhoneGap 3.  It describes what makes Cordova important and shows how to install and use the tools, the new Cordova CLI, the native SDKs, and more. If you’re brand new to Cordova, this book will be just what you need to get started. If you’re familiar with an older version of Cordova, this book will show you in detail how to use all of the new stuff that’s in Cordova 3 plus stuff that has been around for a while (like the Cordova core APIs).

After walking you through the process of downloading and setting up the framework, mobile expert John M. Wargo shows you how to install and use the command line tools to manage the Cordova application lifecycle and how to set up and use development environments for several of the more popular Cordova supported mobile device platforms. Of special interest to new developers are the chapters on the anatomy of a Cordova application, as well as the mechanics of Cordova development. Wargo also covers the development process and the tools you can use to test and debug your Cordova applications, and provides a complete chapter that introduces the Cordova APIs, in addition to a chapter that shows you how to create your own plugins.

Filled with lots of examples and code, the book includes includes complete coverage of Android, iOS, BlackBerry 1,0 and Windows Phone development for Cordova.

Topics covered include

  • How to install and use the Cordova CLI and associated tools
  • How to configure the Android developer tools (ADT) to run, test, and debug your Cordova applications for Android
  • How to use Xcode—Apple’s development tool for iOS development—to run, test, and debug Cordova applications for iOS devices
  • How to use the Safari browser to debug Cordova applications on iOS devices
  • How to use the Microsoft development tools to run, test, and debug Cordova applications for Windows Phone 8
  • How to set up and use the PhoneGap Build service to package Cordova applications and share those applications with others
  • How to create Cordova plugins for both Android and iOS

The author maintains a web site for the book at cordovaprogramming.com where updates, errata, and the source code for the book are available.


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Table of Contents

Foreword          x

Preface             xi

Acknowledgments           xiv

Chapter 1: The What, How, Why, and More of Apache Cordova         1

Introduction to Apache Cordova    1

What Is Adobe PhoneGap?    7

PhoneGap History    7

Cordova Going Forward  8

Supported Platforms   9

Cordova License    9

Working with Cordova   10

Cordova Plugins    14

Putting Cordova to Best Use  14

Getting Support   15

Resources   16

Hybrid Application Frameworks   18

Wrap-Up   19

Chapter 2: Installing the Cordova and PhoneGap Frameworks          20

Installing Apache Cordova   20

Ant-Based Command-Line Interface   25

Installing Adobe PhoneGap   25

Wrap-Up   27

Chapter 3: Installing the Cordova Command-Line Interface            28

Installing the CLI   28

Wrap-Up    41

Chapter 4: Using the Cordova Command-Line Interface   42

About the CLI    42

Troubleshooting the CLI    43

CLI Command Summary   43

Using the CLI    44

Wrap-Up   58


Hello World!    59

Cordova Initialization    60

Leveraging Cordova APIs   64

Enhancing the User Interface of a Cordova Application    66

The Generated Web Application Files    71

Wrap-Up   75

Chapter 6: The Mechanics of Cordova Development    76

Cordova Development Issues   76

Developing Cordova Applications   78

Testing Cordova Applications   82

Leveraging Cordova Debugging Capabilities    84

Testing Applications Using the Ripple Emulator   93

Wrap-Up   95

Chapter 7: Android Development with Cordova            96

Working with the Android Development Tools    96

Using the ADT IDE   97

Debugging Outside of the ADT IDE   106

Grabbing a Screenshot   107

Debugging on a Physical Device   108

Wrap-Up   111

Chapter 8: Blackberry 10 Development with Cordova            112

Configuring Your Environment for BlackBerry Development   112

Configuring a BlackBerry Cordova Project   114

Defining BlackBerry 10 Targets   116

Debugging on a Device Simulator   120

Debugging on a Physical Device   129

Wrap-Up    129

Chapter 9: iOS Development with Cordova           130

Working with Xcode    130

Debugging iOS Applications    131

Debugging on a Physical Device   132

Using the Safari Web Inspector   132

Wrap-Up   138

Chapter 10: Windows Phone 8 Development with Cordova            139

Getting Started with Windows Phone Development   139

Configuring a Windows 8 Device for Application Testing   140

Running a Cordova Application Using Visual Studio   142

Wrap-Up   148

Chapter 11: Using PhoneGap Build            149

What Is PhoneGap Build?    149

Using PhoneGap Build    152

Wrap-Up    162

Chapter 12: Working with the Cordova APIs                163

The Cordova Core APIs   163

Working with the API Cordova Documentation    164

Setting Application Permissions    165

Cordova Objects    168

Alerting the User   170

Cordova Events    175

Hardware APIs   176

Globalization    188

Working with the Contacts Application   193

Playing/Recording Media Files    197

InAppBrowser    199

Splash Screen     205

Wrap-Up    205

Chapter 13: Creating Cordova Plugins              206

Anatomy of a Cordova Plugin    206

Creating a Simple Plugin     207

Creating a Native Plugin    211

Deploying Plugins    228

Wrap-Up   228

Chapter 14: Building a Cordova Application            229

About the Application   229

Creating the Application    230

Using Merges    239

Testing the Application    240

Wrap-Up   242

Chapter 15: Extending Cordova to the Enterprise              243

Mobile Application Development Platforms    243

SAP Mobile Platform    244

Kapsel   246

Wrap-Up    248


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