To keep up with the enormous influence and demand of mobile technologies, business leaders today need tools that can create quick and agile applications at the speed of the market. Mobile Application Development Platforms, otherwise known as MADPs, provide this value by offering the capabilities of “write once, run everywhere.” The ability to deploy applications from a single code base across multiple devices and operating systems translates into considerable cost savings for organizations. Let’s continue then where we left off in the last segment by turning now to PhoneGap and finding out more about what it is, how it works, and what value it can offer the business leader in today’s competitive digital marketplace.
One blogger cleverly illustrates the process this way: “Think of this as a ‘chrome-less’ web browser. It renders HTML content, without the ‘chrome’ or window decoration of a regular web browser. You build your application to take advantage of this space, and you build navigational/interactive/content elements and application chrome into your HTML and CSS based user interface.” So, in a nutshell, PhoneGap works by intercepting URL requests for the UIWebView that is loaded (or “wrapped”) in this Native container environment.
Please join us in Part 3 as we continue our discussion of PhoneGap, looking at the major features of the tool along with how the development environment is commonly setup.