Apache Cordova 4 Programming

Apache Cordova 4 Programming

By: John M. Wargo (author)Paperback

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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).

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John M. Wargo has more than twenty years of experience designing and developing enterprise applications. For the past eight years, he has focused on mobile development and mobile development tools. His books include Apache Cordova API Cookbook, Apache Cordova 3 Programming, PhoneGap Essentials, and Blackberry Development Fundamentals (all from Addison-Wesley). Wargo is a Product Manager at SAP, focusing on the SAP Mobile Platform. His responsibilities include the Kapsel SDK; SAP's suite of Apache Cordova enterprise plugins; and the SAP Fiori Client, a Cordova app for Android, iOS, and, soon, Microsoft Windows.


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

Product Details

  • publication date: 10/04/2015
  • ISBN13: 9780134048192
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 560
  • ID: 9780134048192
  • weight: 864
  • ISBN10: 0134048199

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