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Building cross-platform mobile apps with Apache Cordova

2days
Training code
UCORD

Upcoming sessions

05 Jul 2018
27 Sep 2018
06 Dec 2018
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Introduction to Cordova

Mobile apps are more popular than Mobile websites these days. If we need to create a Mobile app for multiple platforms, Cordova is a great choice. As a web developer Cordova offers you the possibility to use your knowledge of JavaScript, HTML and CSS and create nice apps with it. We'll have a look in this module at how to start with Cordova and what kind of workflows you can use.

  • Getting Started
  • Basic components
  • Development paths
  • The command-line interface

Creating a cross-platform app

In this module we'll have a look at a basic Cordova application and what you'll get when starting from scratch.

  • What is Cordova
  • Basic Components
  • Creating your first app
  • Development Paths
  • Installing Cordova

Using the Cordova API

Cordova uses plugins to communicate from your JavaScript towards native functionality. This can range from getting the Battery Status to taking a picture with the built-in Camera. We'll look at these basic plugins, what they do and how to use them.

  • What is a plugin
  • Core Plugins: Battery Status, Camera, Contacts, Geolocation, Notifications, Media
  • Using plugins

Creating custom plugins

Sometimes we need to create our own translation from JavaScript to the native platform. In this module we'll see how to accomplish this task.

  • Plugin requirements
  • Communication from Cordova to plugin
  • Native functionality

Storing data in Cordova apps

Making sure data can be persisted for your app, even when shutting it down is pretty important. We'll look at a couple of options we can use to realize this.

  • Using LocalStorage
  • Using WebSQL
  • Using IndexedDB
  • File Storage

Cordova and Angular

In this chapter we'll have a brief look at how to combine Cordova and Angular (previously Angular 2) and create an application with Databinding at its core.

  • Why Databinding?
  • Looking at Angular
  • Creating a SPA in Angular with Cordova
  • Possible issues with Angular and Cordova

Ionic 3 Framework

With the release of Angular, the team behind Ionic decided to release a new version based on that platform. Ionic 3 is a rewrite of the first version and can be used in all sorts of apps. Ionic 3 can be called the Bootstrap for Cordova, in such a way that it combines a nice style and standardization if you need apps for multiple platforms.

  • What is Ionic 3 Framework
  • Contents of Ionic 3
  • Creating an app with Ionic 3

Building and deploying

When you want to deploy your app, there are a couple of things to take care of. This module will explore these issues briefly.

  • Configuring your app
  • Domain Whitelisting
  • Icons and Splash screens
  • Compiling and deployment

Creating mobile apps for smartphones can be a burden, because of the multitude of different platforms: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile… A cross-platform framework could simplify that development... This course will provide all the details about how to develop cross-platform apps with Apache Cordova by using JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

This course targets professional web developers who are familiar with JavaScript, HTML and CSS and are looking for a kick-start into the world of Cordova. The trainer will utilize Visual Studio for the demos, participants are free to use their preferred development environment during the hands-on labs. Because Ionic 3 is a platform built on top of TypeScript and Angular (previously known as Angular 2), a basic notion of both those technologies is advised.

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