The PhoneGap Project: Designing for the Device Neutral Mobile Web

Location: Meeting Room B1/B4
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 6 ratings)

Created at iPhoneDevCamp 2008, PhoneGap is an open source initiative for bringing native device capabilities to mobile browsers. With PhoneGap, you can author apps in HTML and JavaScript and still take advantage of native mobile device capabilities like geo location, camera, vibration, local storage and sound. Learn how to build apps for iPhone, Android, Nokia S60 and Blackberry and how to contribute back to the PhoneGap project.

In this three-hour workshop, attendees will become familiar with the PhoneGap framework, and will learn how to build applications for a variety of mobile devices. The workshop will cover:

  • An overview of mobile web opportunities and platform landscape
  • Getting started building applications for iPhone and Android with PhoneGap
  • Overcoming barriers to cross-device development
  • Differences in capabilities across devices
  • Mobile web development with XUI
  • Mobile web development with Dashcode
  • A complete ‘how to’ on getting certified and selling your applications in the app store, including provisioning, and more.

Join us to discover how to use your HTML, CSS and JavaScript skills to take full advantage of the mobile web.

Photo of Brian LeRoux

Brian LeRoux

Nitobi Inc.

Brian LeRoux is experienced in developing web applications from concept through to creation. Formerly a consultant, sporting more acronyms than a bowl of alphabet soup, Brian has since embraced simplicity and user experience as the hallmarks of exceptional software.

Brian is currently a software architect at Nitobi Inc., a leader in user experience and all things Ajax. He is a regular participant in software events and a ‘founding father’ of the Vancouver Ajax and Beer Meet. He travels extensively teaching and learning about open source technologies.

Rob Ellis

Nitobi Inc.

Rob Ellis is a software developer at Nitobi Inc. As one of the PhoneGap creators, Rob is focused on trying to make mobile device application development easy and open. At Nitobi, Rob is part of a team that makes web applications easier to use by building software that allows both developers and end-users be more effective.

Brock Whitten

Nitobi Inc.

Brock Whitten is a creator of the open source PhoneGap project. Brock is passionate about community driven projects and cares about enriching the software ecosystem. Brock is a software developer at Nitobi Inc. He speaks regularly at conferences and is an advocate of open web standards.

Comments on this page are now closed.


Picture of Steve Souders
Steve Souders
07/23/2009 4:50am PDT

The PhoneGap simulator didn’t work and the PhoneGap library .zip file had errors during installation (Windows XP). The speakers did not have workarounds for these problems.

Logistically, the resolution of their display wasn’t set appropriately, and their iPhones produced feedback over the microphone and speakers. Both of these issues were raised, but the speakers were not able to resolve.

It was disappointing that after a 3.5 hour workshop, I was not given the instructions necessary to build a simple Hello World app.

Picture of Neal McBurnett
Neal McBurnett
07/21/2009 4:06am PDT

Excellent work – thanks!!!!

Too bad the demos required macs and iphones, and the phonegap simulator bug on linux prevents us from using that yet….

I’ll try it out on android/eclipse when I get a chance.

  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Sharon Cordesse at

Download the OSCON Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus

Media Partner Opportunities

Download the Media & Promotional Partner Brochure (PDF) for information on trade opportunities with O'Reilly conferences or contact mediapartners@

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at

OSCON Newsletter

To stay abreast of conference news and to receive email notification when registration opens, please sign up for the OSCON newsletter (login required)

Contact Us

View a complete list of OSCON contacts