Cordova (formerly PhoneGap) is an open-source, cross-device mobile development platform that allows developers to create mobile applications using standard web technologies like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS that can be deployed to each device, rather than programming in each device's native language.

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Let’s examine the top five cross-platform tools (PhoneGap, Appcelerator, Adobe AIR, Sencha, Qt)

Designing hybrid apps can be difficult. The challenge is to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to build apps that feel at home on multiple mobile platforms with different UI paradigms. As hybrid developers we often argue over the merit of replicating native UIs in JavaScript, and toss around phrases like the uncanny valley effect, but we frequently overlook the fact that Cordova gives us access to native OS UI components directly.

During this article, we are going to learn what Apache Cordova is and in which way this tool is now integrated into Visual Studio 2015.

Apache Cordova is a good option for those who already have a web application and want to port it to the different mobile platforms. This post show you how yo can do this, even if your app is already hosted and live. It also provides several tips on how to create a successful Cordova app.