PhoneGap for Windows Phone,iPhone & Android apps with JavaScript,HTML 5 & CSS 3

  • What is PhoneGap? []
  • PhoneGap is an open – source Mobile Development framework originated by Nitobi Software in iPhoneDevCamp at San Francisco, 2008.
  • Bridges the gap between the SDKs & native apps & Mobile Web apps.


  • How Does PhoneGap Work?
  • UIWebView object for iPhone
  • WebView object with Android
  • TemplateView with Windows Phone
  • Interpreted Language: JavaScript
  • Deployment: AppStore , Android Market, Windows Phone Marketplace.
  • Write your first application with PhoneGap for iPhone,Android & Windows Phone :
  • Webkit
  • BlackBerry 6+, Palm WebOS
  • HTML 5 with Canvas, Databases and Geolocation
  • CSS3 with Transitions, Gradients and Rounded Corners.
  • Cross-Domain security policy does not apply:
  • $.getJSON(‘’)


  • JQTouch:(
  • A JQuery plugin for Mobile Web development.
  • For iOS, Android & BlackBerry supports Page Transitions(CSS 3)
  • Page History
  • Toolbar
  • Forms
  • Home screen Icons

JQTouch Sample  Code:

<title>JQuery for i-Phone</title>

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

<meta name=”viewport”content=”width=device-width; initial-scale=1.0″/>

<link type=”text/css”rel=”Stylesheet”media=”screen”href=”jqtouch.css”/>

<link type=”text/css”rel=”Stylesheet”media=”screen”href=”default/theme.css”/>

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

<script type=”text/javascript”src=”jqtouch.js”></script>

<script type=”text/javascript”>

var jQT = $.jQTouch({






  • IScroll: Provides a scroll content inside a fixed width/height element
  • Android >= 1.5, iPad >= 3.2 , iPhone >=2.0
  • Uses touch JavaScript events:
  • touchstart
  • touchmove
  • touchend
  • Persistence.js:
  • Asynchronus Javascript object-relational mapper library
  • Can be used in web browser:
  • HTML 5 WebSQL database(WebKit)
  • Google Gears(Firefox/IE)
  • Also on the server using node.js:
  • Node-mysql


  • Processing.js
  • Port of the processing language to JavaScript
  • Uses canvas element
  • Good replacement for flash
  • Can also used directly as a JavaScript library 


  • Meta Tags:
  • Viewport- Changes the window size used when displaying on iOS/Android
  • <meta name=”viewport” content=”width=320,user-scalable=0″ />
  • Full Screen mode:
  • <meta name=”apple-mobile-web-app-capable” content=”yes”>
  • Style of the status bar:
  • <meta name=”apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style” content=”black”>


  • Link Tags:
  • Add icon to bookmark
  • <link rel=”apple-touch-icon” href=”/custom_icon.png” />
  • Icon with no gloss : <link rel=”apple-touch-icon-precomposed” href=”/icon.png” />
  • Startup Screen: <link rel=”apple-touch-startup-image” href=”/startup.png”>


  • Install PhoneGap:
  • iPhone:
  • Install XCode plus iOS SDK
  • Use installer PhoneGap provides
  • Select PhoneGap when making a new project with Xcode


  • Android:
  • Install android SDK and add to $PATH
  • Run “android” to grab latest version
  • Setup Eclipse with Android plugin
  • Add PhoneGap.jar to project


  • Basic PhoneGap API:
  • Accelerometer
  • Camera
  • Contacts
  • Device
  • Events
  • Geolocation
  • Network
  • Notification
  • Android Menu/Back Buttons
  • Read through Phonegap.js


  • Writing iPhone plugins:
  • Create new header file(“Test.h”)
  • Extend new ObjC class(“Test.m”)
  • Import new header file
  • Call ObjC from JavaScript
  • PhoneGap.exec(“Text.test”);
  • Update JS from ObjC
  • [webView stringByEvaluatingJavaScriptFromString:@”alert(‘test’)”]


  • Writing Android plugins:
  • WebView features:
  • addJavascriptInterface(JavaObject,”NameInJs”)
  • Allows Java method to be called directly by JavaScript
  • PhoneGap 0.9.2 features JavaScript controlled plugin manager
  • PluginManager.addService(
  • “HelloWorld”,
  • “com.phonegap.HelloWorldPlugin.HelloWorld );”
  • PhoneGap.execAsync(win,fail,”HelloWorld”,”sayHello”,[]);

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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