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Dreamweaver CS6 Mobile and Web Development with HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery Mobile by David Karlins

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Chapter 10. Building Apps with PhoneGap

What is an app? How do apps differ from mobile-friendly websites?

Do you need an app? How do you create apps in Dreamweaver?

In this chapter, we'll answer all those questions, and walk through, step-by-step, the process of creating an app in Dreamweaver CS6.

An app—short for application—differs from a mobile-friendly website in that an app does not run in a browser. Instead, an app functions as a standalone program that runs in a mobile device operating system. Freed from the constraints of running in a browser, apps can take advantage of the entire viewport of a mobile device. Also, apps can run on a mobile device even when the device is not connected to the Internet.

While in most ways, apps look and feel ...

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