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PhoneGap toolkits tame mobile app development

Peter Wayner | Jan. 16, 2014
The very first road to the various app stores from Apple and Google was paved with native code. If you wanted to write for iOS, you learned Objective-C. If you wanted to tackle Android, Java was the only way. Similar issues popped up with all the other smaller players in the smartphone market.

Despite these qualms, I found it incredibly pleasant to be working with tools like AppGyver and Icenium. Not only did they both speed up the debugging cycle (as long as I used well-honed debuggers like Firebug), but the real win came when distributing my app through the internal cloud instead of the standard stores. That speed is invaluable.

 

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