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Developing Hybrid Mobile Applications Using Apache Cordova

Published: 15 June 2016

ID: G00302844

Analyst(s): Lee Cheetham


Mobile app architects building hybrid apps should consider Apache Cordova. Doing so will not only remove effort duplication for cross-platform scenarios, but also reduce time to market and cost of ownership while leveraging web development skills.

Table Of Contents


  • Cordova in a Nutshell
    • Cordova or PhoneGap?
    • The PhoneGap Differences
  • Tooling Choices and SDKs
    • Development Tools
    • Debugging Cordova Applications
    • Native SDKs
  • JavaScript Frameworks
  • Extending Cordova via Plug-Ins
  • Offline Data and Integration
    • Offline Storage
    • Integration
  • Security Considerations
    • Source Code Visibility
    • Domain Whitelisting
    • Android Advice
    • iOS Advice
  • Performance Considerations
    • Hardware
    • WebView
    • Web Considerations
  • Testing Cordova Applications
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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