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Getting Started with PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build

Are you brand new to PhoneGap? Where do you start? What about PhoneGap Build? There are a ton of resources out there and I’ve pulled it all together to help you get started, get some tips, and figure out where to get help.

PhoneGap Intro
PhoneGap is a free and open source framework that allows you to create mobile apps using the web technologies you’re already familiar with: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Use standardized web APIs and target the platforms you care about. Download PhoneGap for free right now and try it out.

The beauty of PhoneGap is that you’re able to reuse your existing web developer skills so you have a shorter learning curve and faster development. It’s based on 100% web standards and backed by large stakeholders like Google, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Intel, and more.

Other helpful reads:
PhoneGap’s Beliefs, Goals and Philosophy.
PhoneGap explained Visually

PhoneGap Build Intro
Taking PhoneGap one step further, PhoneGap Build is a service that allows you to package mobile apps in the cloud for multiple platforms. Simply upload your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to the PhoneGap Build cloud service and we do the work for you. No more hassles of maintaining SDKs on your computer. You quickly and easily get app-store ready apps for iOs, Android, BlackBerry, and more. PhoneGap Build has a couple of subscription options, including a free subscription to try it out. Learn more about PhoneGap Build.

Did you know? PhoneGap Build is also part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. PhoneGap Build is available to free and paid Creative Cloud members. Learn more about Creative Cloud. You might also be interested in Adobe’s Edge Tools + Services, which are a complementary set of offerings for web designers and developers looking to create beautiful mobile-ready content and apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

What’s the difference between PhoneGap and Cordova?
In October 2011, PhoneGap was donated to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under the name Apache Cordova. Through the ASF, future PhoneGap development will ensure open stewardship of the project. It will remain free and open source under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

PhoneGap is an open source distribution of Cordova. You may see references to both PhoneGap and Cordova and their names used interchangeably. Think about Cordova’s relationship to PhoneGap like WebKit’s relationship to Safari or Chrome.

Read more:
Rolling Releases: How Apache Cordova becomes PhoneGap
PhoneGap, Cordova and what’s in a name.

Where to begin?
So you’ve got the background, installed PhoneGap, now what? Below are some helpful places to start:
- Get started with our Docs. You’ll find references to all the APIs that PhoneGap supports as well as Getting Started Guides, Command-Line Usage and more. Speak another language? We’d love your help with translations!
- Check out Andrew Trice’s helpful blog post My Workflow for Developing PhoneGap Applications
- The Adobe Developer Connection (ADC) has a series of videos to walk you through the APIs available and how to use them: ADC Presents: PhoneGap
- Christophe Coenraets has a beginner’s tutorial to help you develop your first PhoneGap application.

Other handy resources:
PhoneGap FAQ
PhoneGap Build FAQ

Found a bug?
Sometimes you might find something that doesn’t look quite right. It might be in the docs or a bug in Cordova itself. Help the community out by flagging the issue. Submit the bug on the Cordova Issue tracker.

What’s the community up to?
The PhoneGap community is large and robust. Find out what they’ve been up to in a variety of places:
- The PhoneGap Featured Apps and Case Studies highlight some notable apps made with PhoneGap and services that integrate with PhoneGap Build. Have you made a PhoneGap app? Submit yours here - The PhoneGap Community Repo shows a monthly breakdown of the PhoneGap events and articles. If you’re organizing a PhoneGap event, speaking on PhoneGap, writing a blog post or have something to share, please add it to the release notes on Github.
- Check out the PhoneGap Events calendar to find out what events we’re sponsoring and where the team is speaking.
- PhoneGap meetups take place all over the world and have different community organizers. Find one close to you or start your own:

Where do I get help?
Get answers to your questions from the community:
For PhoneGap, check out the PhoneGap Google Group
For PhoneGap Build, check out the PhoneGap Build Forum

Looking for extra, dedicated PhoneGap support? Check out PhoneGap’s paid support options

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