About this Book

Part 1 of this book, the next four chapters (2-5), guide you through building native mobile applications. You will learn how to write code for simple applications and how to embed a browser control into a native application. These chapters are designed to give you a feel for what it is like to develop using native methodologies.

If you decide to develop using platform-specific techniques, then you will need to learn a lot that is outside the scope of this book; however, to save work in developing and maintaining your application across various mobile platforms, you can consider including some cross-platform UI by including a browser control and displaying part of your application UI using HTML. Each chapter in Part 1 reviews how to build for the device, both developer builds and distributable applications. This information is important even if you end up using one of the cross-platform frameworks, since at the end you are building a native application, which will be a native executable built with vendor tools. Lastly, each chapter reviews distribution options for applications on that platform.

In Part 2, chapters 6-9, you will learn about three popular cross-platform frameworks: Rhodes and RhoSync from Rhomobile, PhoneGap from Nitobi, and Titanium Mobile from Appcelerator. Finally, Part 3 will dive into techniques for creating a native look-and-feel using HTML techniques, as well as detail some of the limitations and capabilities of various platforms.

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