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Creating hybrid iPhone applications reduces creation time and the learning curve required to get your application into the hands of your customers, because you don't have to learn Objective-C or have an intimate knowledge of the Cocoa frameworks.
Hybrid Application Development Tools
The second package is PhoneGap, downloaded from http://phonegap.com. PhoneGap exposes fewer native behaviors and is a library rather than a full-fledged framework. As a library, PhoneGap enables you to engineer your application any way you want. It does, however, require a remote server for hosting files.
To reduce the learning curve and improve your understanding, good, solid examples are used throughout this book.
If you want to create installable iPhone applications, have the web skills required, and if you want to create dynamic, compelling solutions that people will use, this book shows you how using these two packages.
Table P—1 compares what each package can do at the time of writing this book.
Table P—1: Comparing the Features of QuickConnectiPhone and PhoneGap
How to Use This Book
The book is organized as follows:
The following appendices are also included:
QuickConnectiPhone and PhoneGap are undergoing rapid development. To keep up with the new functions and capabilities and to learn more, use the following links.
You need to download and install Apple's Xcode tools from the iPhone developer web site at http://developer.apple.com/iphone. This requires Mac OS X 10.5 or greater and an Intel-based Mac.
Although it isn't required, you should also have either an iPhone or an iPod touch, so you can test and run the applications on those devices.
Contacting the Author
To contact the author by email, use firstname.lastname@example.org. For other types of contact, use Twitter, the Wiki, and Google Group links provided earlier.
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