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Johann Dowa

Building An iOS App With Sencha Touch And Phonegap From The Start

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In the past I’ve mentioned the Phonegap framework as an excellent way for web developers to build iOS, and cross platform Android and iOS app store apps  using web technologies and bypassing the need to learn any new programming languages.

While I haven’t mention Sencha before, Sencha Touch is a framework that you can use to give web apps the same look and feel as native iOS, Android, and Blackberry apps.  Used in conjunction with Phonegap you have a  way to build apps that look just like native iPhone and iPad apps, but created with html/javascript.

While Sencha is a commercial framework, they also have a GPL license and the framework can be downloaded for free.

The guys at Sencha have put together an excellent tutorial on creating a good looking contacts app with Phonegap and Sencha.  The tutorial shows how to install Phonegap and Sencha, creating the interface, creating the data models, and building your app.

You can find the tutorial here:
A Sencha Touch MVC Application With Phonegap

All download links can be found within the tutorial for Phonegap, Sencha Touch, and the project.  The only caveat is on Sencha Touch’s download page it tells you to install Sencha into your personal web server.  Since this project is run within Phonegap you just need to install it into the /www directory of the Phonegap app.

This tutorial is a great way to get started with Phonegap and Sencha Touch.


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