Mobile apps with PhoneGap and PayPal
I’m currently finishing up a series of articles for the PayPal X Developer Network on building Android apps using Google’s free App Inventor tool. Click here to read the first article (on getting started with App Inventor) and here for the second article (using web APIs). Watch for the rest of the articles in that series to publish soon.
As I mention at the beginning of that series, I’m always looking for tools and techniques that make mobile commerce apps simpler and faster to build, debug, and deploy. App Inventor can take you a very long way for Android apps, especially for building rapid prototypes, but what if you want to build apps for multiple platforms? And what if you want to build those apps from one codebase, to run natively on all of the major smartphone platforms, with access to device hardware such as sensors and device data such as contacts? Is that even possible?
In the words of PhoneGap’s originators, PhoneGap is an:
Important things to note about PhoneGap:
- It’s open source, and free (as in beer).
- Getting setup to develop for PhoneGap is pretty straightforward for one platform, but a bit much if you’re targeting several. Click here for information on targeting each supported platform.
- Because of the multiplatform packaging complexities, there’s a free “PhoneGap Build” service that will build your apps for all supported platforms in one fell swoop, providing you with downloadable, packaged, native apps suitable for uploading to the various mobile app markets in use across the different platforms.
- The PhoneGap site provides an API Documentation reference; there’s a lot of additional information including tutorials on the PhoneGap wiki.
Click here to read the complete post on the PayPal X Developer Network including links to PayPal PhoneGap plugin information.