Home > Store

Apache Cordova 4 Programming

Register your product to gain access to bonus material or receive a coupon.

Apache Cordova 4 Programming

eBook (Watermarked)

  • Your Price: $21.75
  • List Price: $27.19
  • Includes EPUB and PDF
  • About eBook Formats
  • This eBook includes the following formats, accessible from your Account page after purchase:

    ePub EPUB The open industry format known for its reflowable content and usability on supported mobile devices.

    Adobe Reader PDF The popular standard, used most often with the free Acrobat® Reader® software.

    This eBook requires no passwords or activation to read. We customize your eBook by discreetly watermarking it with your name, making it uniquely yours.


  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9"
  • Pages: 560
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-404829-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-404829-1

Using Apache Cordova 4, you can leverage native technologies and web standards to quickly build cross-platform apps for most mobile devices. You can deliver a high-end user experience where it matters, while radically simplifying code maintenance and reuse. Apache Cordova 4 Programming is the most concise, accessible introduction to this remarkable technology.

In this essential guide, expert mobile developer John Wargo quickly gets you up to speed with all the essentials, from installation, configuration, and tools, to building plugins and using Cordova’s powerful APIs. Wargo helps you make the most of Cordova 4’s major enhancements, while offering practical guidance for all versions, including Adobe PhoneGap. Full chapters are dedicated to five major mobile platforms: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Firefox OS, and Ubuntu.

Using rich, relevant examples, Wargo guides you through both the anatomy of a Cordova app and its entire lifecycle, including cross-platform testing and debugging. Throughout, he illuminates Cordova development best practices, streamlining your development process and helping you write high-quality apps right from the start.

Topics include

  • Installing and configuring Cordova’s development environment
  • Working with the Cordova command line interfaces
  • Creating Cordova plugins, using Plugman and the PhoneGap CLI
  • Cordova’s support for Firefox OS and Ubuntu devices
  • Automation (Grunt and Gulp) and Cordova CLI hooks
  • Microsoft’s hybrid toolkit for Visual Studio
  • Third-party tools, such as AppGyver, GapDebug, THyM, and more
  • Beautifying Cordova apps with third-party HTML frameworks, such as Bootstrap, OpenUI5, Ionic, and Onsen UI
  • Running, testing, and debugging Cordova apps on each major mobile platform 

Access the full code examples at cordova4programming.com, where you’ll also find updates reflecting Cordova’s continuing evolution.

This book is an ideal companion to Wargo’s authoritative collection of Apache Cordova code recipes for each Cordova API, Apache Cordova API Cookbook (Addison-Wesley, 2015).

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxi

About the Author xxiii

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

An Introduction to Apache Cordova 1

What Is Adobe PhoneGap? 3

A Little PhoneGap/Cordova History 4

Cordova Components 4

Access to Native APIs 5

Cordova User Interface Capabilities 10

Supported Platforms 12

Cordova License 13

Working with Cordova 13

Putting Cordova to Best Use 18

Getting Support 20

Resources 20

Cordova Going Forward 23

Hybrid Application Frameworks 25

Wrap-Up 25

Chapter 2: Anatomy of a Cordova Application 27

Hello World! 27

Cordova Initialization 29

Leveraging Cordova APIs 35

Structuring Your Application’s Code 38

The Generated Web Application Files 41

Responsive Design and Cordova 45

Wrap-Up 50

Chapter 3: Configuring a Cordova Development Environment 51

Installing the Cordova CLI 51

Installing Plugman 69

Wrap-Up 70

Chapter 4: Using the Cordova Command-Line Interfaces 71

Troubleshooting 72

The Cordova CLI 75

The Plugman CLI 104

Wrap-Up 120

Chapter 5: The Mechanics of Cordova Development 121

Cordova Development Issues 121

Developing Cordova Applications 124

Configuring a Cordova Application 131

Testing Cordova Applications 134

Leveraging Cordova Debugging Capabilities 135

Debugging and Testing Using External Tools 139

Wrap-Up 156

Chapter 6: Automation and the Cordova CLI 157

Automating the Project Setup Step 157

Automating the Cordova Process 164

Wrap-Up 167

Chapter 7: Android Development with Cordova 169

Using the Android Developer Tools 170

Monitoring Application Activity Outside of the ADT IDE 191

Testing on a Physical Device 192

Using the Chrome Debugging Tools 195

Wrap-Up 202

Chapter 8: Firefox OS Development with Cordova 203

Firefox OS Developer Tools 203

Debugging with the Firefox OS Simulator 207

Debugging Applications on a Firefox OS Device 218

Wrap-Up 220

Chapter 9: iOS Development with Cordova 221

Working with Xcode 221

Testing Cordova Applications in Xcode 225

Using the Safari Web Inspector 227

Wrap-Up 233

Chapter 10: Ubuntu Development with Cordova 235

Installing the Cordova CLI on Ubuntu 235

Debugging Ubuntu Applications 237

Wrap-Up 243

Chapter 11: Windows Development with Cordova 245

Windows versus WP8 Projects and Cordova 245

Windows Phone Limitations and Security Restrictions 247

Windows Development System Requirements 249

Windows Phone Development Tools 250

Windows App Store Setup 251

Configuring a Windows Phone Device for Application Testing 251

Cordova Development Workflow Using Visual Studio 254

Using Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova 265

Wrap-Up 281

Chapter 12: Using PhoneGap Build 283

What Is PhoneGap Build? 283

Using PhoneGap Build 286

Wrap-Up 306

Chapter 13: Using the PhoneGap CLI 307

Getting Help 308

Project Management 309

Anatomy of the Default PhoneGap Application 310

PhoneGap CLI Workflow Differences 312

Interacting with the PhoneGap Build Service 312

Wrap-Up 315

Chapter 14: Working with the Cordova APIs 317

The Cordova Core APIs 317

Working with the Cordova API Documentation 319

Checking API Availability 320

Catching Errors 321

Setting Application Permissions 322

Cordova Objects 324

Alerting the User 326

Cordova Events 332

Hardware APIs 334

Globalization 347

Working with the Contacts Application 352

Playing/Recording Media Files 358

InAppBrowser 359

Splashscreen 367

StatusBar 367

Wrap-Up 371

Chapter 15: Cordova Development End to End 373

About the Application 373

Creating the Application 374

Using Merges 385

Application Icons 387

Testing the Application 389

Wrap-Up 396

Chapter 16: Creating Cordova Plugins 397

Anatomy of a Cordova Plugin 397

Creating a JavaScript-Only Plugin 398

Creating a Cordova Native Plugin 408

Publishing Plugins 431

Wrap-Up 435

Chapter 17: Using Third-Party UI Frameworks with Cordova 437

Adobe Topcoat 439

jQuery Mobile 444

Bootstrap 450

SAP OpenUI5 456

Ionic Framework 459

Onsen UI 464

Wrap-Up 468

Chapter 18: Using Third-Party Tools with Cordova 469

Code Validation Tools 469

Code Editors 473

Developer Productivity Enhancement Tools 485

Build Tools 494

Wrap-Up 503

Index 505


Submit Errata

More Information

InformIT Promotional Mailings & Special Offers

I would like to receive exclusive offers and hear about products from InformIT and its family of brands. I can unsubscribe at any time.


Pearson Education, Inc., 221 River Street, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030, (Pearson) presents this site to provide information about products and services that can be purchased through this site.

This privacy notice provides an overview of our commitment to privacy and describes how we collect, protect, use and share personal information collected through this site. Please note that other Pearson websites and online products and services have their own separate privacy policies.

Collection and Use of Information

To conduct business and deliver products and services, Pearson collects and uses personal information in several ways in connection with this site, including:

Questions and Inquiries

For inquiries and questions, we collect the inquiry or question, together with name, contact details (email address, phone number and mailing address) and any other additional information voluntarily submitted to us through a Contact Us form or an email. We use this information to address the inquiry and respond to the question.

Online Store

For orders and purchases placed through our online store on this site, we collect order details, name, institution name and address (if applicable), email address, phone number, shipping and billing addresses, credit/debit card information, shipping options and any instructions. We use this information to complete transactions, fulfill orders, communicate with individuals placing orders or visiting the online store, and for related purposes.


Pearson may offer opportunities to provide feedback or participate in surveys, including surveys evaluating Pearson products, services or sites. Participation is voluntary. Pearson collects information requested in the survey questions and uses the information to evaluate, support, maintain and improve products, services or sites, develop new products and services, conduct educational research and for other purposes specified in the survey.

Contests and Drawings

Occasionally, we may sponsor a contest or drawing. Participation is optional. Pearson collects name, contact information and other information specified on the entry form for the contest or drawing to conduct the contest or drawing. Pearson may collect additional personal information from the winners of a contest or drawing in order to award the prize and for tax reporting purposes, as required by law.


If you have elected to receive email newsletters or promotional mailings and special offers but want to unsubscribe, simply email information@informit.com.

Service Announcements

On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account information. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.

Customer Service

We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regard to issues relating to their account we reply via email or phone in accordance with the users' wishes when a user submits their information through our Contact Us form.

Other Collection and Use of Information

Application and System Logs

Pearson automatically collects log data to help ensure the delivery, availability and security of this site. Log data may include technical information about how a user or visitor connected to this site, such as browser type, type of computer/device, operating system, internet service provider and IP address. We use this information for support purposes and to monitor the health of the site, identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents and appropriately scale computing resources.

Web Analytics

Pearson may use third party web trend analytical services, including Google Analytics, to collect visitor information, such as IP addresses, browser types, referring pages, pages visited and time spent on a particular site. While these analytical services collect and report information on an anonymous basis, they may use cookies to gather web trend information. The information gathered may enable Pearson (but not the third party web trend services) to link information with application and system log data. Pearson uses this information for system administration and to identify problems, improve service, detect unauthorized access and fraudulent activity, prevent and respond to security incidents, appropriately scale computing resources and otherwise support and deliver this site and its services.

Cookies and Related Technologies

This site uses cookies and similar technologies to personalize content, measure traffic patterns, control security, track use and access of information on this site, and provide interest-based messages and advertising. Users can manage and block the use of cookies through their browser. Disabling or blocking certain cookies may limit the functionality of this site.

Do Not Track

This site currently does not respond to Do Not Track signals.


Pearson uses appropriate physical, administrative and technical security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure.


This site is not directed to children under the age of 13.


Pearson may send or direct marketing communications to users, provided that

  • Pearson will not use personal information collected or processed as a K-12 school service provider for the purpose of directed or targeted advertising.
  • Such marketing is consistent with applicable law and Pearson's legal obligations.
  • Pearson will not knowingly direct or send marketing communications to an individual who has expressed a preference not to receive marketing.
  • Where required by applicable law, express or implied consent to marketing exists and has not been withdrawn.

Pearson may provide personal information to a third party service provider on a restricted basis to provide marketing solely on behalf of Pearson or an affiliate or customer for whom Pearson is a service provider. Marketing preferences may be changed at any time.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as your postal address or email address), we provide a way to correct or update that user's personal data provided to us. This can be done on the Account page. If a user no longer desires our service and desires to delete his or her account, please contact us at customer-service@informit.com and we will process the deletion of a user's account.


Users can always make an informed choice as to whether they should proceed with certain services offered by InformIT. If you choose to remove yourself from our mailing list(s) simply visit the following page and uncheck any communication you no longer want to receive: www.informit.com/u.aspx.

Sale of Personal Information

Pearson does not rent or sell personal information in exchange for any payment of money.

While Pearson does not sell personal information, as defined in Nevada law, Nevada residents may email a request for no sale of their personal information to NevadaDesignatedRequest@pearson.com.

Supplemental Privacy Statement for California Residents

California residents should read our Supplemental privacy statement for California residents in conjunction with this Privacy Notice. The Supplemental privacy statement for California residents explains Pearson's commitment to comply with California law and applies to personal information of California residents collected in connection with this site and the Services.

Sharing and Disclosure

Pearson may disclose personal information, as follows:

  • As required by law.
  • With the consent of the individual (or their parent, if the individual is a minor)
  • In response to a subpoena, court order or legal process, to the extent permitted or required by law
  • To protect the security and safety of individuals, data, assets and systems, consistent with applicable law
  • In connection the sale, joint venture or other transfer of some or all of its company or assets, subject to the provisions of this Privacy Notice
  • To investigate or address actual or suspected fraud or other illegal activities
  • To exercise its legal rights, including enforcement of the Terms of Use for this site or another contract
  • To affiliated Pearson companies and other companies and organizations who perform work for Pearson and are obligated to protect the privacy of personal information consistent with this Privacy Notice
  • To a school, organization, company or government agency, where Pearson collects or processes the personal information in a school setting or on behalf of such organization, company or government agency.


This web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects Personal Information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Requests and Contact

Please contact us about this Privacy Notice or if you have any requests or questions relating to the privacy of your personal information.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We may revise this Privacy Notice through an updated posting. We will identify the effective date of the revision in the posting. Often, updates are made to provide greater clarity or to comply with changes in regulatory requirements. If the updates involve material changes to the collection, protection, use or disclosure of Personal Information, Pearson will provide notice of the change through a conspicuous notice on this site or other appropriate way. Continued use of the site after the effective date of a posted revision evidences acceptance. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the Privacy Notice or any objection to any revisions.

Last Update: November 17, 2020