Open Source Mobile Development Framework


Apache Cordova (Phonegap) is created by Nitobi. Adobe Systems purchased Nitobi in 2011 and rebranded it as Phonegap. Cordova is an open source framework designed to let developers create mobile apps using standards-based Web technologies, . When building an application with Cordova, the UI is designed in HTML5, style is added with CSS3 and the application’s underlying logic is written in JavaScript. Just like creating a normal web application.

Using Cordova, it is possible to easily deploy the same web application on multiple mobile platforms including iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Amazon Fire OS.

There are many reasons why you could try building your next project using Cordova. I will present the Top 5 in this article.


  • It’s very quick to prototype.
  • You don’t have to learn any new languages if you’re already a decent web developer.
  • Though we didn’t end up using it, jQuery mobile is pretty neato and makes it even faster prototype.
  • Lots of library options for pretty much everything you could possibly want.
  • It’s really cool and fun.
  • Easier to create vector graphics to design spec.