Hybrid Web-Mobile Applications with PhoneGap and jQuery Mobile

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While jQuery Mobile includes a lot of great features for targeting the mobile-web, making it feel like a native application can take a bit of work. Modifying the user interface so that it behaves in the correct way on Android and iOS while maintaining consistency with how the UIs of those devices flow is critical but takes some thought. PhoneGap provides a way to build cross-platform mobile apps with JavaScript and by combining PhoneGap and jQuery Mobile you can use nothing but HTML/JavaScript/CSS to create native-looking mobile applications.

This session will cover tips on how to customize the look and feel of jQuery Mobile across devices, how to tie into PhoneGap’s native APIs to provide all the native functionality you need, and ways to make sure that your application, while running on the major platforms you target, can still provide your users with a UI that they expect on their devices.

Ryan Stewart

Adobe Systems

Ryan Stewart is a Web Developer Evangelist for Adobe Systems. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics he started on the Flash Platform by building eLearning rich Internet applications in Flex 1.5 and ColdFusion 7 for the Wharton School of Business. He is a long time blogger and had a prominent blog on ZDNet where he covered all sides of rich Internet applications. He has spoken at a number of industry conferences including Web 2.0 Expo, Adobe MAX, 360|Flex, SXSW, PHP Tek, and Web Design World. When not working with the latest web technology you can find him in Seattle where he enjoys making beer, mountaineering, and spending as much time as possible in the outdoors. You can email him at ryan@adobe.com or find his blog at http://blog.digitalbackcountry.com

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