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22 Apr

The Cut and Dry on Cordova: What, Why, How

What is Apache Cordova?

Apache Cordova, created by Nitobi and re-branded as PhoneGap (also known as “Apache Callback”), is a software framework created to support the development of mobile applications. Cordova is currently owned and managed by Apache as an open source project. This type of software is generally referred to as multiple phone web-based application framework or mobile application development framework.

Why is it so popular?

The popularity surrounding Cordova stems from its versatility for cross-platform mobile application creation. Instead of relying on platform-specific application programming interfaces, Cordova allows developers to use standard web technologies such as CSS3 (the latest rollout of Cascading Style Sheets), JavaScript (the programming language of HTML), and HTML5 (the language used for structuring and presenting web-based content). Due to this flexibility, applications produced via Cordova are a mixture of both native and hybrid code.

How does it work?

A Cordova application is basically a full screen webview, a browser condensed inside a mobile application, which runs in the user’s operating system (also referred to as the “native container”). The web pages remain the same internally, yet the native containers continue changing depending on the operating system.

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