Android App - PhoneGap

Due to a contest organized in the company where I work, I stepped into the world of mobile applications.

Some time ago, in the company where I work, I participated in a contest aimed at learning new things. I'm passionate about mobile devices but until then I didn't worked with mobile apps and I decided it's time to learn something about this.

I decided to build an Android app for a local fast food restaurant which was in trend during that period and maybe sell it after the contest. I don't have much experience with java to build Android apps and I decided to find alternatives. I've read about PhoneGap on the internet and I give it a chance, because PhoneGap is based on HTML, CSS and Javascript, and I'm very familiar with them.

PhoneGap is an open source framework for quickly building cross-platform mobile apps using HTML5, Javascript and CSS. Building applications for each device–iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile and more–requires different frameworks and languages. PhoneGap solves this by using standards-based web technologies to bridge web applications and mobile devices.

What I decided to do, was to build an app for the clients, which can make an order directly from their phone, selecting from the menu products they want and place the order. The app took their location based on GPS coordinates and the phone number and all details are sended to a website, where a person can manage the orders and honor them.

After Two months of coding after work, I participated to the contest with a beta version of the app and the website, where I won a Samsung Tablet. I was very glad and delighted about this experience with mobile apps and for the future I want to learn and make an iOS app using Xcode.

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