Phone Gap Tutorial #1- Getting Started


This is a   tutorial Series in which I will create a phone gap application for each of the platforms it supports. It is mostly a journey of my own that you get to follow along on.  I will start with Windows Phone and then convert it to IPhone, IPad, Android, Blackberry, Symbian. We will discuss tips and tricks along the way.

In this post, we will look at what you need to do to get started using using Windows Phone.  The first thing you need to do is download the tools.

Go to http://phonegap.com and click on the Download PhoneGap button. It is currently at version 1.41image

The file will be called callback-phonegap-1.4.1-0-g0d1f305.zip (of course the number will change as new updates are applied).  It is called callback-phonegap because…. now take a breath here…. Nitobi, the company that create (at a hackathon… cool), was acquired by  Adobe who then jointly with Nitobi donated the project to the Apache Software Foundation (ASW).  This is a good thing since Adobe will continue to back the project while allowing others to continue to contribute. Now why is it called Callback you ask?  Well, the name inside ASW for is Callback….. or at least it was, it has since been changed to Apache Cordova, so I assume the file name will change soon to.

So once you have downloaded and unziped the file, you will want to navigate to \callback-phonegap-1.4.1-0-g0d1f305\callback-phonegap-0d1f305\lib\windows.  You will see many things in here, but we are only concerned with one right now. PhoneGapStarter.zip (We will talk about PhoneGapCustom.zip later).  We want to copy this to our Visual Studio Templates folder so we can create projects in Visual Studio. 

Copy the PhoneGapStarter.zip file to C:\Users\[USERNAME]\Documents\Visual Studio 2010\Templates\ProjectTemplates\Silverlight for Windows Phone

Now open up Visual Studio (This works with the full or express version) and go to File –> New Project

Select Visual C# –> Silverlight for Windows Phone

You should see a project template for PhoneGapStarter

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Name Your project and hit OK.  That will create your project.

In the next tutorial, we will walk through all off the files and the set up of your New Phonegap project.

Other Posts in this Series

(This list will automatically grow as I write them)

[catlist name=phone-gap-tutorial]



Free Windows Phone

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UPDATE:  YES THIS IS AN OLDER POST BUT I STILL HAVE PHONES

Are you looking for a Free Windows Phone?  Are you a developer?  Do you live on the West Coast of the US? (CA, AZ,ID, WA, NM, CO, NV, OR, UT)  Then I have a phone for you. (Read Below)  If you have been looking for a free windows phone to do development on then all you need to do is contact me.  Email me at Daniel.Egan@microsoft.com and I will send you all the details. (INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE in the email or I will not respond  — too many emails :)  )

I want to be clear on a couple of things.

  1. I am getting these phones to developers that are writing applications for the marketplace
  2. I have a limited supply (First ones to get me the info I need)
  3. You must live on the West Coast of the US  (CA, AZ,ID, WA, NM, CO, NV, OR, UT)

If you do not live on the West Coast of the US, I can try to find your windows phone champ for you.  Just post the request here :  http://thesociablegeek.com/forum/?mingleforumaction=viewforum&f=3.0

This does not mean that they will have a phone for you, but if you are developing for Windows Phone, you WANT to know your windows phone champ.  If they don’t have phones, they may know someone who does ( I repeat, I am not saying they have phones Smile , but they may know a way.  Either way, they are a great resource for you. )

So all of you West Coasters, get your Free Windows Phone while they last.  Email me at Daniel.Egan@microsoft.com for the details. UPDATE :  PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU ARE FROM SO I DONT HAVE TO ASK YOU IN EMAIL. (Slowes down the process)

PhoneGap for Windows Phone

 

If you are writing your phone applications using HTML5, you will want to check this out. PhoneGap has released an update to work with Windows Phone.  What PhoneGap does is allow you to write your phone application in HTML5 and still access most of the Native API’s and wrap it in a Native application wrapper so that you can put it in the marketplace.  This means you can write your application cross platform.

You can download it from here : http://phonegap.com/  or just watch the video below for more information.

Windows Phone 7.5 Training Kit

Windows PhoneThe new Windows Phone 7.5 Training Kit have been released.  This time there is a Basic Version and an Advanced Version of the Windows Phone 7.5 Training Kit

You can download both of them here : http://bit.ly/w2xF6s

 

The Basic Labs Include

  • Hello Windows Phone
  • Building your first Windows Phone 7 Application
  • Windows Phone Navigation and Controls
  • Application Lifecycle
  • Using the Pivot and Panorama Controls
  • Accessing Windows Phone 7 Devices
  • Game Development with XNA Framework
  • Discovering Windows Phone 7 Device Capabilities
  • PhotoFun
  • Launchers
  • Choosers
  • Weather Service Push Notifications
  • Using Bing Maps

The Advanced Labs Include

  • Catapult Wars Lab
  • Multi-Touch Game Development with XNA
  • 3D Game Development with XNA Framework
  • Using a local database in the “Tidy” application
  • Background Transfer Service in the “Tidy” application
  • Fast Application Switching in the “Tidy” application
  • Creating Notifications in the “Tidy” application
  • Adding Multitasking to your application
  • XNA 3D Model Viewer
  • Search Integration
  • Background Audio Agents

You can download both of them here : http://bit.ly/w2xF6s

Live Tiles–Windows Phone Workshop

Today is the day we start the Windows Phone Workshop.  You can either watch it here (below) or head over to livestream. You can find the recorded session below..

Here are the files :

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/32614089/SimpleTileDemo.zip

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/32614089/SimpleTileDemo%20WithPush.zip

SPECIAL NOTE : Since we were doing alot of testing, you will want to skip to 1 hour in to see the session.

Watch live streaming video from microsoftdevelopers at livestream.com

Windows Phone App of the Day–LilDemonsSpplatter

Those that know me, know that I am not really a gamer.  I enjoy a game once in a while but usually don’t spend much time playing them.  I came across this FREE  game today that is really cool.  It’s a first person shooter game for the phone.  The graphics could be a bit better but hey… Its free.  Check it out.  http://www.windowsphone.com/en-US/search?q=LilDemonsSplatter 

Nokia Developer Program

In addition to the launch of the Phones from Nokia is the launch of the Nokia Developers Program.  The program includes Tools, Documentation, Code Examples, Videos and a vibrant community to get you on your way.  Head over to the developer site http://Developer.Nokia.com/WindowsPhones  or go directly to the code samples to check them out. http://www.developer.nokia.com/Develop/Windows_Phone/Code_examples/

Examples are a great way to jumpstart the development on that app you have been thinking about.

 

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Free Windows Phone Workshops

Starting Next week, I will be doing a series of Windows Phone Workshops online to teach people how to program with Windows Phone.  You can find the current workshops available by either clicking on the Upcoming Workshops link above or by clicking here : http://thesociablegeek.com/event-registration/

In these workshops I plan to talk about one subject matter at at time. I will be LiveStreaming from beautiful LA so you can follow along from wherever you are in the world.  I am completely open to suggestions, so feel free to join in the chat and suggest something OR email me daniel.egan AT microsoft DOT com.  Since this is new, there may be some bumps along the road while I get the technology sorted out.   I hope you enjoy the upcoming events.  Please Register for the events so I know how many people to expect.

Daniel – The Sociable Geek

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