General Assembly Boston - Cross-Platform App Development in PhoneGap

When: Sun November 11, 2012 1:00 pm

Organization: General Assembly Boston

Location: Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, Cambridge MA

Website: http://bit.ly/U2a70K

Max Uhlenhuth, Co-founder of SilviaTerra

Sunday, November 11th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Mobile is awesome! But suppose you don’t have time to learn both Objective C and Java for iOS and Android. Stay lean and don’t worry about maintaining multiple codebases - with PhoneGap, you write once in HTML5 and JavaScript and then easily deploy real native apps to Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian, Bada, and more.

In this workshop, we’ll first cover the theory behind PhoneGap, discuss the pros and cons, and look at some alternative technologies. Next, we will look at a case study - the design, architecture, and implementation of the Plot Hound mobile app (http://www.silviaterra.com/marketing/plothound/). Plot Hound runs on PhoneGap and demonstrates use of the compass and geolocation APIs as well as localstorage, WebSQL, and jQueryMobile. Finally, students will build their own very own simple apps.
 

Takeaways:
By the end of the workshop, students will have gained experience with PhoneGap, PhoneGap Build, jQueryMobile, HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. In addition, each student will have developed their own fully working mobile app.

Prerequisites:
This is a beginner/intermediate course - some knowledge of HTML and JavaScript will help things go more smoothly. For a refresher, check out http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp (HTML) and http://www.w3schools.com/js/js_htmldom_css.asp (JavaScript)

About the Instructor

Max Uhlenhuth is the co-founder and technical lead of SilviaTerra, a high-tech forestry company. Often combining many diverse technologies into a single project, he enjoys working on projects ranging from robotics and cloud computing to GIS and mobile. A 2012 graduate of Yale University, Max was recently named by Forbes as one of America's top college entrepreneurs.