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What native API tools can I use with PhoneGap?

Jan 6, 2013 10:21 PM

Tags: #app #dreamweaver #ios #phonegap #cs6

Hi there,


Experienced web designer here but first foray into writing an app. Haven't really wanted to get into Apple SDK development much so Adobe introducting jquery mobile and phonegap is really an awesome feature for me. Have checked out all the Adobe TV videos on the subject but they all seem to 'glance' over the features and not go much into detail. I just want to know how much native API can PhoneGap tap into?


i.e. I want to build an app with the following features:


  • integration and login with facebook (administrators can post on facebook and it gets pushed to app noticeboard).
  • Push notifications
  • membership linked to facebook
  • create user profiles
  • GPS locator
  • shoot camera pics and post them to app
  • web server cms backend where administrator can easily update content without being a code guru!
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    Jan 7, 2013 12:21 PM   in reply to FlashTapper
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    Jan 8, 2013 9:26 AM   in reply to FlashTapper

    For Facebook, you can handle the login portion of this with the Facebook Connect plugin: aster/


    Facebook also has a good bit of documentation to help you accomplish your goals of integration:


    Native device functions like Geolocation, Notifications, and Camera can be accessed using the PhoneGap API:



    You can find other plugins that may help get your app to where you want it. To find them, I recommend just searching the web for "phonegap plugin" plus a one or two word description of what you want the plugin to do. (You might also search "cordova plugin" as well, to be sure you don't miss anything.) There is also a repository of many plugins here:


    As far as a CMS, you may want to look around for hosted solutions that are designed to work with mobile apps. A quick search yields a few services, such as Storage Room and Cloud CMS; there are likely many others out there. I have also heard of a few PhoneGap apps being built to serve content from a WordPress site, using the WordPress JSON API plugin. (Packt Publishing put out a book on using WordPress, FYI.)


    By the way, you'll likely get the attention of more PhoneGap specialists by posting on the Google Group:



    Hope that helps you along your way.

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