From WebApp to WebView with PhoneGap

March 8, 2014

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2h 30m
Classroom 202

This talk is primarily for those who are comfortable developing Apps for the web who want to delve into mobile and PhoneGap. In this workshop we'll start with a working web app and walk through the process of turning it into a PhoneGap mobile app (at least for Android, and perhaps on other platforms as well). We'll make use of some device APIs and talk about online/offline considerations as well.

To really get the most out of this class you'll need a good understanding of JavaScript and web apps. It would also be wise to look into the PhoneGap documentation to get a sense for what the platform is like.

Having built a successful, well-reviewed app on this platform, it’s time to share back with the community. Here are some of the key takeaways you'll get in this workshop: How much of an effort should you expect to create a mobile app from an already-functioning web app? What works great out of the box? What assumptions get shattered in the move to mobile? What tools should you use and which should you avoid?


  • Strong understanding of HTML and particularly, JavaScript.
  • A basic understanding of Android and iOS application development would also be handy.

What to Bring:

  • You'll definitely want to bring a laptop and at least have the Android SDK installed and ant (the build system).
  • You should download and install the latest version of PhoneGap as well. It would be great if you try to build a hello world Android app with PhoneGap beforehand so that you don't waste your time just getting that set up.
  • Come prepped looking over materials at
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