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    Are you developing mobile web apps or actual mobile phonegap apps that appear in the apple/windows/droid stores?

    If I had to guess from the message board alone that most developers are building web apps, and not phonegap apps.

    The documentation and video available on building a phonegap app is sparse, maybe because it is necessary to move outside of
    Alpha to put all the pieces together?

    Noticed Alpha has transform in the IOS app store, however can't find a Alpha generated demo there? Is there one? That would be helpful.

    Considering taking that next step but it is still Greek to me. Who are the Alpha experts building phonegap apps?

    If you have an app in one or more of the app stores, can you provide a link?

    Thanks!
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    Mobile friendly (responsive design that is) web apps here.
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    Hi Mike,
    So you run everything through a browser, on the device?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob9145 View Post
    Hi Mike,
    So you run everything through a browser, on the device?
    Yes. Be it desktop computer or iPad my users just open their browser and use the app.

    My business apps I maintain are very data entry heavy so this route makes sense for us.
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    i Need the Phonegap options less and less as AA features are added the browser environment is also getting way better, so i'm working more and more with the browser.

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    2 browser and 0 phonegap
    Leave a short explanation of why.
    So far very informative.

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    100% phone gap for mobile.
    All are industrial data capture apps that work in offline environments.
    They are all also managed by an MDM for pushing out updates to devices.

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    2 to 1
    Thanks Daniel!

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    Always PhoneGap for me.
    All my apps need to work while users are offline and I need to store lots of data on the device.
    Without PhoneGap and some of the plug-ins, I just find it too hard to get around the storage limits of a regular web app.

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    PWA will replace sooner or later both in mobile devices.

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    All of my applications are proprietary for my customers, so, as of now, I haven't posted any of my apps on the Play Store or Apple Store. However, I use PhoneGap for all of my mobile apps (I use the PhoneGap QR Code for installation to the device and "Instant Update"). My customers love that they look like real apps (vs browser apps), and, so far, it had worked well for me. Still, most of my apps are Desktop Web Apps that run in regular browsers. My best applications have both Web (Desktop) and Mobile (PhoneGap) components. Hope that helps!

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    Most apps have been enterprise apps for field workers (using Ipads or Android tablet) with disconnected capability - so phonegap is essential. Two new apps will be released to the puplic though through the app stores, and those will also use PhoneGap. We have a couple new project just starting that will also use PhoneGap.

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    Are many developers using AlphaLaunch (with or without PhoneGap)?
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    I've been struggling with AlphaLaunch for several days now and have yet to get anything working. I can get my files published but not whatever 'launcher' opens my app as a mobile app. I can work through it with you if you want.
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    2 browser 4 phone gap
    Learned lots. Still digesting it all. Looks like there is alot of diversity in phonegap vs browser.
    Live near Philly in the northeast corrider having a connection is really not a problem.
    Is it right to say that disconnected capabilities has other advantages?
    Speed for instance? You don t have to go to the server when you first open the app besides login.
    Please weigh in.

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    Disconnected is useful for us because our apps are used inside large facilities that block coverage, more than areas without coverage.

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    After the first login you can use persistent login and not go back to the server.
    PGB also allows you to build an App without the need for a server. I have an App in the App stores that never talks to a server.
    You'll find pros and cons for both Hybrid and Web apps... one is not better than another... it's the use case which determines the path.

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    Does anyone know how to use or mimic cascading dropdowns in a phonegap/AlphaLaunch app?
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    Also, check out the webinar on May 3rd here, all about Alpha mobile dev: https://iadn.com/events.a5w
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