Building Cross-Platform Mobile apps with Icenium for iOS,Android on Visual Studio 2012

Recently announced, the visual studio ultimate 2012 extension of Icenium (Kendo UI for Mobile) by telerik , a cross- platform mobile app framework based on PhoneGap, jQuery Mobile for iOS & Android. The Visual Studio 2012 ultimate extension can be downloaded from here.

Lets start , what’s new in this version of Icenium template. So, open Visual Studio 2012 ultimate & select Icenium template from Project templates.


The latest release contains the following updates :

  • Icenium extension for Visual Studio (Beta): .NET developers can fully leverage Icenium mobile development platform directly from Visual Studio! This allows for quick development of cross-platform apps for both iOS and Android. In addition Team Foundation Server (TFS) and Subversion (SVN), for example, can now be used in addition to Icenium’s default support for GitHub, making it even easier to integrate Icenium into existing development workflows.
  • Apache Cordova 3.0 update: In Apache Cordova 3.0, every core API is taken apart into a plugin on its own-and Icenium can now take advantage of this new architecture. Users will be able to selectively turn on or off any core plugin. The same option will be available for all out-of-the-box advanced custom plugins such as the Barcode Scanner, PushPlugin, and SQLite.
  • Icenium Mist enhancements: Icenium Mist continues to mature with the inclusion of code analysis, code completion, and its new integrated version control plugin, CodeMirror.


  • Run the project by selecting the tab ‘ICENIUM‘ from Visual Studio 2012 & select the option ‘Run Project(Specified in Project Name) in simulator‘.



  • The device simulator launches with iPhone,iPhone 5S, iPad, Android Phone & Android Tablet simulators.


  • The simulator even specifies the geolocation & network connection feasibility options(viz. wifi, cell2G, cell3G,cell4G, limited) connectivity options.


  • The Icenium DataViz project template contains default JSON data for populating charts, gauges along with ‘Cordova‘ framework support for iOS & Android.
  • The source code for these controls looks fairly simple by using jQuery Mobile & Cordova scripts using native html5 & minimized css3

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>Kendo UI DataViz</title>
<meta charset=”UTF-8″ />

<link href=”kendo/styles/” rel=”stylesheet” />

<!–Once the final theme is chosen the redundant css reference should removed–>
<link href=”kendo/styles/kendo.dataviz.flat.min.css” rel=”stylesheet” />
<link href=”kendo/styles/kendo.dataviz.silver.min.css” rel=”stylesheet” />

<link href=”styles/main.css” rel=”stylesheet” />

<script src=”cordova.js”></script>
<script src=”kendo/js/jquery.min.js”></script>
<script src=”kendo/js/”></script>

<script src=”scripts/app.js”></script>
<script src=”scripts/pie-chart.js”></script>
<script src=”scripts/gauge.js”></script>
<script src=”scripts/qr-code.js”></script>
<script src=”scripts/stock-chart.js”></script>

<!–Pie chart–>
<div id=”tabstrip-pie-chart”
data-title=”Pie Chart”

<div data-role=”content” class=”view-content”>
<div id=”pie-chart”></div>


<div id=”tabstrip-gauge”

<div id=”gauge-wrap” data-role=”content” class=”view-content”>
<div id=”gauge”></div>
<div class=”input-content”>
<input id=”gauge-value” type=”range”>


<!–QR code–>
<div id=”tabstrip-qrcode”
data-title=”QR Code”

<div data-role=”content” class=”view-content”>
<div id=”qrcode”></div>
<div class=”input-content”>
<input type=”text” id=”qrcode-value” value=””&gt;
<a data-role=”button” id=”qrcode-generate”>Update QR</a>


<!–Stock chart–>
<div id=”tabstrip-stock-chart”
data-title=”Stock Chart”

<div data-role=”content” class=”view-content”>
<div id=”stock-chart”></div>


<div data-role=”layout”

<div data-role=”header”>
<div data-role=”navbar”>
<a data-align=”right” data-role=”button” data-click=”app.changeSkin”>Flat</a>
<span data-role=”view-title”></span>

<div data-role=”footer”>
<div data-role=”tabstrip”>
<a href=”#tabstrip-pie-chart” data-icon=”globe”>Pie Chart</a>
<a href=”#tabstrip-gauge” data-icon=”recents”>Gauge</a>
<a href=”#tabstrip-qrcode” data-icon=”camera”>QR Code</a>
<a href=”#tabstrip-stock-chart” data-icon=”featured”>Stock Chart</a>


Android chart

In next article, we will cover the PhoneGap / Cordova  3.0 framework to built native apps on HTML5, CSS3 & jQuery for Windows Store & Windows Phone apps using Windows Azure Mobile Services(WAMS).


How to add Glossy App Icon for Mobile Web App on iOS platform?

Here is a short note on how to add glossy app icon for mobile web apps built in HTML5, ASP.NET MVC, jQuery Mobile/Sencha on iPad, iPhone platform. You need to select a standard .PNG file with proper icon formats (aka 114 x 114) for iPad , (54 X 54) for iPhone & add the .icon file in your mobile web app project root directory.

Simply add it in your HTML5 code after meta name viewport tag as:

<meta name=”apple-mobile-web-app-capable”content=”yes”/>

<meta name=”viewport”content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1″/>

<link rel=”apple-touch-icon”href=”icon.png”/>

Now, on iOS device, add the mobile web app on homescreen, then you can find your app icon along with the caption options.


A Sample of Mobile Web 2.0 with HTML5 Boilerplate, CSS3 Media Query, JQuery Mobile,Mobile Ajax/Dojo.

Mobile 2.0 is impossible to think without JQuery Mobile/JQTouch/Sencha/Mobile Ajax with cross-platform tools support like Phonegap, RhoMobile or Titanium  or Monotouch. Since for simply development of Mobile Web as hybrid or native (with Phonegap) keeping business logic perfect as desktop web are quite easy. Lets demonstrate a live Mobile Web 2.0 sample built in JQuery Mobile 1.0 RC, HTML5, CSS media queries, ASP.NET Nuget packages.

Used  simply databinding features from ASP.NET & bind the JQuery Mobile plugins. Check the following Code:

<html xmlns=””&gt;

<head runat=”server”>

<meta name=”apple-mobile-web-app-capable”content=”yes”/>

<meta name=”viewport”content=”width=device-width”/>

<link rel=”Stylesheet”media=”screen”href=”JQuery Mobile/”/>

<link rel=”stylesheet”media=”screen”href=”styles/style.css”/>

<link rel=”stylesheet”media=”screen”href=”styles/jquery.datepick.css”/>

<script type=”text/javascript”src=”JQuery Mobile/jquery.js”></script>

<script type=”text/javascript”src=”JQuery Mobile/”></script>

<script type=”text/javascript”src=”scripts/jquery.datepick.js”></script>

<script type=”text/javascript”>


function () {


‘#DateID’).datepick({ dateFormat: ‘yyyy/mm/dd’ });






<headerdata-role=”header”><h1>The Institute of Neuro Sciences</h1></header>





<li><ahref=”IPD.aspx”data-role=”button”data-icon=”plus”data-iconpos=”left”>IPD Section</a></li>




<h3>The Outdoor Patients’ Department</h3>


Select the Department :




Select Your Name:


Enter The Date :


<asp:ButtonID=”DisplayDoctorsVisit”  runat=”server”Text=”Display Patients’ Details”OnClick=”cmdbutton_Click”/>








<asp:BoundFieldDataField=”docname”HeaderText=”Doctor Name”ReadOnly=”true”SortExpression=”docname”/>

<asp:BoundFieldDataField=”pname”HeaderText=”Patient Name”ReadOnly=”true”SortExpression=”pname”/>


















<footerdata-role=”footer”data-position=”fixed”><h3>All Rights Reserved</h3></footer>



  • JQuery Mobile DatePicker running in Windows Phone 7.5 Mango emulator.

Native UI controls support in Smartphones for Mobile Web.

Simply tested in iPad 2 .

  • JQuery Mobile , Sencha Touch , JQTouch, Dojo,Mobile Ajax CDN helps to update rich Mobile View with cross-browser & cross-platform support. 


Building ASP.NET MVC 4 application with JQuery Mobile, HTML5 , CSS3 Media Queries in Visual Studio 2011 Developers Preview

Developing MVC 4 applications with Visual Studio 2011 Developers Preview is quite jump-start for developers as it has inbuilt support for JQuery Mobile css & javascripts, nice intellisense for HTML 5 , CSS 3 media queries. MVC 4 developers preview was built keeping in mind the Mobile Web Developers who wants keen support of rich MVC in Mobile Web.

  • Lets jump start to develop MVC 4 mobile application with JQuery Mobile, HTML5, CSS3 in VS 2011 developers preview.

  • Select your MVC 4 application domain either Internet/Intranet/Mobile Web application  with default Razor or ASPX syntaxes. For my demo , selected Mobile Web application in VS 2011 Developer Preview.

  • Next, write some JQuery Mobile application code to check th UI view in SmartPhones while Model & Controller logic remains same & could change according to business requirements.
  • Database -> Entity Framework (EF) -> Model in MVC 4(Entities) (DAL)-> Controllers (Business Logic Layer)(BLL) -> View(s) -> Master(_Layout.cshtml) is the default development path in MVC 4 Web & mobile application.
  • Sample code for JQuery Mobile with HTML5 for MVC 4 in VS 2011:


ViewBag.Title = “Navigation”;

Layout = “~/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml”;



<section id=”page1″data-role=”page”>

<header data-role=”header”>

<h1>JQuery Mobile with ASP.NET MVC 4</h1>

<nav data-role=”navbar”>


<li><a href=”#”class=”ui-btn-active”>First</a></li>

<li><a href=”#”>Second</a></li>

<li><a href=”#”>Third</a></li>

<li><a href=”#”>Fourth</a></li>

<li><a href=”#”>Fifth</a></li>




<div class=”content”data-role=”content”>

<h3>Sample MVC 4 HTML 5 JQuery Mobile</h3>


<footer data-role=”footer”>




  • Next , Check the nice intellisense support for HTML5 , JQuery Mobile in Visual Studio 2011 Developer Preview.

  • Check out the MVC 4 Mobile Web applications with JQuery Mobile , HTML5 , CSS 3 media queries in Smart Devices.
  •  iPhone & iPad:


  • iPhone:

  • JQuery Mobile View in iPhone of MVC 4 Mobile application:

  • View in Windows Phone 7.1 Mango:

  • BlackBerry 9800:

DOJO ToolKit with HTML 5 , CSS 3 & JavaScript for iPhone, iPad, Android & BlackBerry

DOJO Toolkit is an open source framework library well known for mobile web development close to native mobile applications for iPhone, iPad,BlackBerry, Android devices. It has close support for PhoneGap & renders controls with JavaScript , CSS 3 with HTML 5. It expects all features of Mobile Webkit browsers like Offline Cache, Browser manifest, local storage & isolation storage for mobile browsers etc.

  • So , It’s just another feather of JQTouch , Sencha Touch , JQuery Mobile but it has some of it’s unique features like Native Mobile application support like Google Maps with Location track, Enterprise Charts for Mobile, Mobile Gauge etc.
  • DOJO Toolkit initially is a project of Sun MicroSystems as open source DHTML based Ajax functionality with DOM support but later it’s divided into JavaScript, Ajax, HTML 5 , CSS 3 different features & provides native app support for mobile web 2.0
  • Though initial it’s support was based on Eclipse IDE of Java but I was keen to explore it’s features in my favourite IDE Visual Studio. So Download the toolkit from   & extract it foundation files in three parts :

  •     Now , Add all the three folders of DOJO Toolkit “dijit, dojo, dojox” in Visual Studio Solution explorer & including “Show All Files” “include all the files in project”.
  •    Now start code by adding a new .aspx or .htm page with DOJO toolkit for Ajax, HTML 5, CSS 3, Google Ajax CDN, Mobile browser Webkit.

Sample Code:

<!DOCTYPE htmlPUBLIC“-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN””&gt;

<html xmlns=””&gt;


<script type=”text/javascript”src=”dojoroot/dojo/dojo.js”

djConfig=”parseOnLoad: true, isDebug: false”></script>

<script language=”javascript”type=”text/javascript”>



dojo.requireIf(!dojo.isWebKit, “”);


//For Native iPhone view 

<link rel=”Stylesheet”type=”text/css”href=”dojoroot/dojox/mobile/themes/iphone/iphone.css”/>

//For Native iPad view

<link rel=”Stylesheet”type=”text/css”href=”dojoroot/dojox/mobile/themes/iphone/ipad.css”/>

// For Android View

<link rel=”Stylesheet”type=”text/css”href=”dojoroot/dojox/mobile/themes/android/android.css”

// For BlackBerry View

<link rel=”Stylesheet”type=”text/css”href=”dojoroot/dojox/mobile/themes/blackberry/blackberry.css”



<div id=”main”dojoType=””selected=”true”>

<h1 dojoType=””>



<ul dojoType=””>

<li dojoType=””icon=””&gt;

Coolness Mode

<div class=”mblItemSwitch”dojoType=””>



<li dojoType=””icon=”;


Disco Room


<li dojoType=””icon=”;






<div id=”disco”dojoType=””>

<h1 dojoType=””>



<ul dojoType=””>

<ul dojoType=””>

<li dojoType=””moveTo=”main”>

I’m a square , man







  • Check out the output for iPhone 4 & iPad View:


  • iPAD 2 View


  • DOJO Toolkit for Mobile in BlackBerry 9800 View:

  • Android Tablet 3.0 View for DOJO Ajax HTML 5 view :

  • Lets explore with DOJO with Ajax, DOM HTML 5 with CSS 3 for mobile browser WebKit.
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