So you want to create a mobile app. Who doesn’t these days, right? But you’re not a hardcore programmer, and maybe your budget won’t allow you to hire one.
So how do you create an app for one or more of these platforms?
- Windows Phone
Each one of these operating systems uses a different programming language, and each one is reasonably complex.
Is There Some Universal Language I Can Use?
Short answer: yes. It’s HTML, the language of the web.
HTML can easily be packaged into a mobile app for many platforms. One way to package HTML into an app is using the PhoneGap code library.
If the idea of a “code library” sends shivers down your spine, fret not, because there is a web service called PhoneGap Build. PhoneGap Build has a friendly user interface and does most of the work on the server translating your content into apps, so you don’t have worry about “compiling” or other such developer activities. And, it’s affordable!
Lynda.com has two courses in their video library featuring PhoneGap Build.
Up and Running with PhoneGap Build
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Creating an iPad App with HTML5 and PhoneGap Build
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The Best Part of Using HTML: You Don’t Have to Know HTML
If you’re looking for a way create an app for an Amazon Kindle Fire, you don’t even need PhoneGap Build. You can submit your HTML content directly to Amazon and they’ll do the packaging for you.