PhoneGap

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An open source development framework for building fast, easy mobile apps using the web technologies you know and love: HTML, CSS and Javascript.

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PhoneGap review by <span>Rafael R.</span>
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Nice multiplatform mobile apps development tool for js developers

What do you like best?

It is an easy tool, you can configure it and run it very easily to start coding. It is not necessary to know different languages for every device you will deploy your app into and the online documentation and support is very huge.

What do you dislike?

Applications developed with Phonegap are not that powerfull and do not have that native feeling. Of course you can make it look native but it will take you a lot of time an resources and have the risk of making the app slow. Also, there are a lot of plugins but some of them are a little incmplete, then (in some cases) you must use two or more plugin in orden to do one task as you want it to be done.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do not start coding your final application without knowing every aspect of PhoneGap, every possible way to work or even before using a good framework,, you must keep a good order in the source code and plugins or you are going to have a bad time later trying to change parts of the code or adding some new features (worst if the one adding new features wasn't part of the initial developers). If you are more than one developer, have some order.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mobile development, It make things easy for junior developers or developers with a little to no knowledge on mobile development and programming languages like Java or iOS Swift.

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PhoneGap review by <span>Luis Javier H.</span>
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Excellent library for the development of hybrid applications

What do you like best?

The easy use of phonegap and is one of the best libraries in this field makes me really like all of it. It is very fast and allows users who are new to the world of mobile development to bring their creations to multiple devices with the same code that is really wonderful today.

when you start in the world started with android phonegap and the truth that was very easy to learn and use, its documentation is very good does not miss any details.

perform various app for everyday use for college and one for an agenda of a client and went very fast because by having a resposive page was very good and fast finish these projects and best of all, the app was developed for both Android and ios all with the same code. so phonegap is the best of the best

What do you dislike?

that I do not like it? if I'm honest I like everything about this library I can not complain, it's easy, fast, good documentation and whatever with a large community of support you are always developing supplements and examples that we can apply to our projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Well I recommend it blindly is one of the best libraries to develop non-native applications, but are quality so that users do not notice the difference because this library is the best of the best. so you develop your app with phonegap that the final will have a quality product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

currently I do not use it but if I helped a lot to create quality applications without native and good yield.

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PhoneGap review by <span>Tyler S.</span>
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Great mobile app experience

What do you like best?

When I used Phonegap many years ago in school I couldn't believe how easy it was to actually build a mobile app for phones. The fact that you could build your app for different devices was amazing.

What do you dislike?

There wasn't anything that I disliked when I was using PhoneGap.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great platform to use when building a phone app for your business.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's great because I don't have to go and learn Swift, Objective-C, or even Java to build a phone app. I just don't have time in the day with my current workload to learn a new programming language to accomplish something that I can do with HTML and Javascript.

PhoneGap review by <span>Stephen G.</span>
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Now has useful added benefits over Cordova

What do you like best?

Phonegap used to be an identical distribution of Cordova, but recently it has started to gain some really useful features. The best of these is the integration with Adobe's Phonegap Build, which allows you to build for the "big three" platforms on Adobe's cloud. The great thing about Build is that you don't have to install the build chain on your PC (or CD/CI server). So you have the freedom just to develop and test the app locally without having to worry about keeping the Android SDK up to date, or whatever.

There is now a desktop client so you don't have to be comfortable with the Command Line environment to make it all work. The desktop app links to the mobile companion app and allows you to refresh the app as soon as you make a code change without having to rebuild, similarly to how Meteor works.

What do you dislike?

It can be confusing to maintain packages for your project, because some have the Phonegap namespace and some have Cordova, and while it seems they're mostly 100% compatible, you could understand that it might not always be that way. Sometimes you're not sure which package to use because there are multiple that are the same.

Adobe Build, while excellent, only covers the three biggest platforms, so you can't use it if you need to develop for other, or more niche, platforms.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were using Phonegap to build a multi-platform app for a client. The overhead cost of maintaining tools and SDKs on developer machines was reduced. The time to release is reduced compared to producing three separately developed apps.

PhoneGap review by <span>Minh N.</span>
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A very handy value-added tool for hybrid app development with cordova

What do you like best?

* Very handy build tool at https://build.phonegap.com , with pro delivery process and remote debugging if needed, especially useful if you wanna build a iOS app, but don't have a MacBook ready.

* A cool developer tool at http://app.phonegap.com/, support plugins out of the box

* Useful CLI tool to deploy a build (to phonegap build) right from your terminal

* Make configuration and plugin installation much easier than the local cordova

What do you dislike?

Plugins, must use its plugin repository, no out-side or github based plugin is allowed, hence it becomes harder if we need to include a fix/updates for a plugin. Also, we cannot touch the low-level code base, as with Phonegap build, everything we maintain is HTML, CSS and JS only, and Phonegap build takes care of the rest ONLINE, so it's impossible to edit Android or iOS code manually if needed, but chances are we'll never touch it in not-so-complex projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended for fast development, especially for anyone who first engage with Cordova, as Phonegap build will make your life much much easier than local config. The Phonegap developer tool is also a nice and handy tool in everyday life with Cordova projects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were using Phonegap build for the first Cordova based application, and keep using Phonegap developer tool for all Cordova based projects, as it's much handier to test on devices with that tool than the loop recompiling -> installing -> launching-in-devices. It was especially helpful when I didn't have a MacBook to build iOS app locally. I can say Phonegap build saves us a lot of time and effort, especially in UX development process.

PhoneGap review by <span>Michele C.</span>
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A professional layer on Apache Cordova, with backing from Adobe

What do you like best?

The creators of Cordova, have been bought by Adobe, and continue development of the original platform and add-ons, therefore, all the advantages of Cordova apply to Phonegap.

Adobe adds to Cordova a practical desktop application to organize development and a cloud platform for building on different platforms. Customers, do not need to have an up to date compiler chain for every platform on which they need to create a client.

Phonegap has a generic client that speeds up development time by not requiring compilation for testing apps on a device.

Adobe, also offers professional support for Phonegap, as a plus.

For everything else, regarding the advantages of the platform, see Cordova.

What do you dislike?

Phone gap offers little more than plain Cordova, if you have Macs with Xcode in the development group and skilled enough programmers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As with Cordova, be sure to check that all application requirements are covered by the standard features of the product.

Extending native functionality requires deep skills and defies the purpose of simplicity.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating an application that presents data in a useful way and talks back to a server is very easy and does not require extra developer education for a web shop.

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