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7. Going Native > Intro to PhoneGap

Intro to PhoneGap

PhoneGap is an open source development tool created by Nitobi (http://www.nitobi.com/) to act as a bridge between web applications and mobile devices. iPhone, Google Android, and BlackBerry operating systems are currently supported, and Nokia and Windows Mobile are in development.

In spite of its high profile, the iPhone is not even close to being the most widely used mobile device. The mobile landscape is littered with devices, platforms, and operating systems. If you are a web developer, you might be familiar with the pain of testing 10 or so browser versions across 10 or so operating system versions. Multiply that by 100, and you have mobile. There is simply no cost-effective way to develop and test across all of the possible combinations.


  

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