By Bob Moore, VP of Mobility - Alpha Software PhoneGap, an open source project of Adobe Inc., allows developers to create HTML5 hybrid apps that take advantage of device hardware features. The features include (among many others) barcode scanning, GPS and geolocation, and access to GBs of storage instead of the 5MB typically allowed by the phone browser. While PhoneGap can save enormous amounts of time and cost compared to native development, it still requires working with native SDKs and consumes time and expertise to set up and use. To shorten the time, Adobe created a service called PhoneGap Build – which handles some of the grunt work for you. At Alpha, we’ve taken this significantly further by automating PhoneGap Build, and more importantly, tightly integrating it with our development environment (IDE). The result is Alpha Anywhere now offers a very fast and efficient method for building cross platform mobile apps that are true mobile applications with complete access to device hardware. The Alpha Anywhere integration with PhoneGap Build saves you significant time in some of the following ways:
- Alpha finds the PhoneGap Plugins you need and automatically includes them with your project.
- Alpha gives you quick access to the applications you have created with a built-in manager screen.
- Alpha generates the application icons and splash screens for all of the supported platforms and at all of the required resolutions.