Building Android Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript by Jonathan Stark

By Jonathan Stark

If you recognize HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, you have already got the instruments you must increase Android functions. This hands-on publication exhibits you ways to exploit those open resource internet criteria to layout and construct apps that may be tailored for any Android gadget -- without having to take advantage of Java.

You'll tips on how to create an Android-friendly internet app at the platform of your selection, after which convert it to a local Android app with the loose PhoneGap framework. notice why device-agnostic cellular apps are the wave of the longer term, and begin construction apps that provide higher flexibility and a broader succeed in.
* examine the fundamentals for creating a web content glance nice at the Android internet browser
* Convert an internet site right into a internet program, entire with growth signs and extra
* upload animation with jQTouch to make your net app appear and feel like a local Android app
* reap the benefits of client-side information garage with apps that run even if the Android machine is offline
* Use PhoneGap to hook into complicated Android good points -- together with the accelerometer, geolocation, and indicators
* attempt and debug your app on the internet lower than load with actual clients, after which put up the completed product to the Android industry
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42 | Chapter 3: Advanced Styling Handling Long Titles Suppose we had a page on our site with a title too long to fit in the header bar (Figure 3-4). We could just let the text break onto more than one line, but that would not be very attractive. Instead, we can update the #header h1 styles such that long text will be truncated with a trailing ellipsis (see Figure 3-5 and Example 3-7). This might be my favorite little-known CSS trick. Example 3-7. Adding an ellipsis to text that is too long for its container #header h1 { color: #222; font-size: 20px; font-weight: bold; margin: 0 auto; padding: 10px 0; text-align: center; text-shadow: 0px 1px 1px #fff; max-width: 160px; overflow: hidden; white-space: nowrap; text-overflow: ellipsis; } Figure 3-4.

Desktop version of a typical website looks all right on an Android phone, but we can do a lot better Prepare a Separate Android Stylesheet I’m as DRY as the next guy, but in the real world you’re better off making a clean break between your desktop browser stylesheet and your Android stylesheet. Take my word for it and just make two completely independent files; you’ll sleep better. The alternative is to wedge all of your CSS rules into a single stylesheet, which is a bad idea for a number of reasons, the most obvious of which is that you’d be sending a bunch of irrelevant desktop style rules to the phone, which is a waste of precious bandwidth and memory.

Many companies, such as Laughing Squid, offer entry-level hosting with PHP for under $10 a month. • Host them on a web server running on your computer and connect to the web server running on your computer from your Android phone. This only works when your Android phone and computer are on the same WiFi network. This chapter is set up so you can try the examples as you go through it. So, no matter which option you choose for viewing the web pages, try reloading them in a browser (preferably the Android browser) each time you add something new to one of the samples.

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