Since you specifically mention lynda.com, you'll probably find the following courses helpful:
- Building Android and iOS Apps with Dreamweaver CC and PhoneGap by Joseph Lowery
- Up and Running with PhoneGap Build by Chris Griffith
I have no experience with Appcelerator, and it's a long time since I used PhoneGap. When I did use PhoneGap, I found it relatively easy to use, and PhoneGap Build is a very convenient way of packaging an app for different platforms. To be able to compile an app for iOS, you need to get an Apple Developer Licence. I found the provisioning setup necessary for iOS rather confusing, but it might have improved.
PhoneGap and PhoneGap Build were integrated in Dreamweaver CS5.5 and CS6, but they were removed from Dreamweaver CC because it became impossible to keep up with the rapid changes that were happening to PhoneGap at the time. I'm not sure if a more up-to-date Add On is available for CC.
Next week the DMXzone Cordova Builder extension for Dreamweaver will be available on DMXzone.com: http://www.dmxzone.com/go/23114/dmxzone-cordova-builder-coming-soon/
Using it, you will be able to deploy your app built in regular HTML5 and CSS as a mobile app to all of the major mobile platforms like iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10, Amazon Fire OS, Firefox OS and more without using the command line at all.You can run all the needed commands right from the dedicated floating panel and see all the desired output.
Combining it with HTML5 Data Bindings and DMXzone Database Tools (which are AJAX based) you will be able to run your app on the phone and have your database and server-side scripts running on a remote server, where the app connects when needed. Example: http://www.dmxzone.com/go/22827/building-mobile-apps-with-html5-data-bindings-and-dmxzone- database-connector
You can check our blog for more features coming in the next few days: http://www.dmxzone.com/9/blog
Also a friend just tried provisioning for IOS also and he too said it was confusing - he didn't complete it yet.
good to know - Thanks for the info on DMXzone Cordova Builder extension - I'll keep on the lookout for this