What is PhoneGap?

PhoneGap is a mobile development framework produced by Nitobi, purchased by Adobe Systems. It enables software programmers to build applications for mobile devices using JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS3, instead of device-specific languages such as Objective-C or Java.

The resulting applications are hybrid, meaning that they are neither truly native (because all layout rendering is done via web views instead of the platform's native UI framework) nor purely web-based (because they are not just web apps, but are packaged as apps for distribution and have access to native device APIs). From version 1.9 onward it is even possible to freely mix native and hybrid code snippets.

The software underlying PhoneGap is Apache Cordova. The software was previously called just "PhoneGap", then "Apache Callback". Apache Cordova is open source software.
In October 2011, PhoneGap was donated to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under the name Apache Cordova. Through the ASF, future PhoneGap development will ensure open stewardship of the project. It will remain free and open source under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

PhoneGap can be used to build applications that target multiple platforms, including Apple iOS, Google Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, HP WebOS, Symbian, and Bada.

PhoneGap applications can have static UIsThere really are lots of ways to create a user interface with HTML, CSS & JavaScript, so there really isn’t any “typical” look.   If you do not apply any CSS styles at all, then all user interface elements will use the operating system/browser default for that specific platform.   This includes buttons, links, and color/highlight states.   This behaves in the exact same manner as the operating system’s default web browser. based on normal HTML, or can have dynamic & interactive experiences developed using JavaScript.

When developing PhoneGap applications, just keep in mind that you are running code inside of a web browser instance.   You develop your applications using HTML and JavaScript, not native code, so you don’t need anything special. 


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