There are quite a few mobile frameworks on the market now and an equal number of wrapper apps that allow you to build a mobile app in native web code and then package it for deployment to the app store. The benefits of creating mobile apps this way are obvious – you don’t need a native C programmer, you can build the app in the web design code you know and use every day and then package that up in a nice iOS wrapper. The downsides of this seem to be speed although the main players in the wrapper market seem to be addressing this now.
Phonegap on the other hand looks interesting. It seems to plug in to Xcode and allow you to integrate html5/css3 frameworks such as Sencha Touch 2 and Jquery Mobile. This means creating an app is a lot easier using native web code but the packaging up in the wrapper looks a little more complicated. Now that kc web design Kent are on the new Adobe Creative Cloud we have access to Phonegap and the new Dreamweaver CS6 comes bundled with access to Phonegap and integration of Jquery Mobile. From a testing point of view this could be an ideal setup so the next stage for us at kc web design Kent is to crack open Dreamweaver and see how easy it is to create a simple mobile app using Phonegap and Jquery Mobile.
As soon as we have some results and better opinions we’ll post it here so.