Adobe PhoneGap: An Overview
What exactly is a cross platform mobile application? A cross platform mobile application is identical to a native application except it utilizes one code base to deploy the application to multiple different platforms. Why does this matter? It matters because it allows for a significant reduction in the amount of time and effort required to develop an application by not having to write it in the native language of each platform. It also allows for the use of the widely available and more cost effective skill sets of HTML, JS, and CSS for development of applications.
Adobe PhoneGap supports the following platforms:
A specific list of features supported on each platform can be viewed here: http://phonegap.com/about/feature
With PhoneGap, an application is able to access native features of a device just as a regular native application would. PhoneGap has access to the following native device interfaces:
More information about these supported features can be found in the API documentation here: http://docs.phonegap.com/en/1.9.0/index.html
More information about PhoneGap Plugins can be found here: http://wiki.phonegap.com/w/page/36752779/PhoneGap%20Plugins#HowtoWritePluginsforAllPlatforms
In an effort to make deployment to different platforms as easy as possible, PhoneGap Build was developed to facilitate creating platform-specific files in one easy-to-use service. PhoneGap Build allows for application resources to be uploaded and then it creates all the native wrappers necessary to deploy to each specific platform. This allows developers to create application resources in any development environment without requiring a specific development environment setup for each platform. Signing certificates may be uploaded to the build service so that applications are ready for deployment to the respective app store once the build has completed.
More information on PhoneGap Build can be found here: https://build.phonegap.com/docs
Ready to get started with PhoneGap? If so, there are numerous resources available to help.
Getting Started: http://docs.phonegap.com/en/1.9.0/guide_getting-started_index.md.html
API Reference: http://docs.phonegap.com/en/1.9.0/index.html