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Thanks for the links nancy. Have checked out a few of them already in the time after i put up the post here. One thing i am looking specifically for (which does not seem to be a native API) is to include news feeds from a facebook page. I want the app to be able to retrieve posts from fb page. does not seem to be any info out there on the net for how to do this "simply".
For Facebook, you can handle the login portion of this with the Facebook Connect plugin: https://github.com/davejohnson/phonegap-plugin-facebook-connect/blob/master/README.md
Facebook also has a good bit of documentation to help you accomplish your goals of integration: http://developers.facebook.com/docs/guides/web/
Native device functions like Geolocation, Notifications, and Camera can be accessed using the PhoneGap API: http://docs.phonegap.com/
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: https://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-plugins
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: http://groups.google.com/group/phonegap
Hope that helps you along your way.
Thanks for the tips Carey, I will be sure to follow them up. I just started embarking out on making an app with phonegap, jquery mobile and DW CS6 for one week and there is soooooo much to learn and it is all changing so quickly (phonegap becoming cordova) and many tutorials talk about doing it in phonegap but their directory structure is totally different than the one (contains res, src and other folders) and don't seem to compile well with the phonegap system that is integrated into DW. Then there is Ecliplse and Xcode - yeah it's a jungle out there - and the last thing i want to do is start learning Objective C or Java. The solution that jquery mobile + PhoneGap + HTML5 using DW seems to be a solution I am most comfortable with, but so little documentation i can find that is specific. There are some nice vids by Kevin Hoyt but they are a bit old and don't really go into the detail that i want.
Just one more thing, can anyone recommend any good tech books that cover using jquery mobile + PhoneGap + Dreamweaver to develop apps for iOS and Android? Specifically I would love to see Adobe put out something (similar to "Classroom in a Book" series).