Web App to Native App to Android Market
MsMathMaster and iXoraWebDesign are primarily education projects with an interest in building web sites that now extends to web apps.
The process of building a mobile web app and guiding it to the android market can be very intimidating and difficult. We would like to share out experience to make it easier for the beginner.
Why would we want to do this? Mainly because we are educators at heart and we were frustrated by the cryptic, confusing, and conflicting information which we found plentiful.
Our journey began by taking a non-credit, online class with Ed2Go: Creating Mobile Apps with HTML5. Myth #1: no formal background is needed for the class. In reality, you better have a strong backgroud in HTML, CSS, and a programming language. Myth #2: no text books are required, but four were recommended which we read simultaneously and furiously throughout the six week course, and are still consulting.
Which brings us to another reason for writing this guide. On p276 one of the texts says, "...PhoneGap Build is a service that allows you to simply upload your HTML5 app to have it converted into all the different native apps..." SIMPLY? It was not simple and that was only half the process of submitting it to the android market.
PS The Ed2Go class was excellent.