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Build your first mobile app in half a day (HTML5, jQuery, PhoneGap)

This is a free half-day training course to learn everything you need to know to build your first mobile app - using HTML5+PhoneGap+jQuery! 

Register here on Meetup and Eventbrite to attend the event. 

This is a workshop that has been taken by over 1,000 people spanning from San Francisco, Austin, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Denver, Detroit, Houston, San Jose, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and now Boston!

The classes are completely free (and all the software & services we'll be using are too - most of them are even open source). 

We will have two days for the half-day training sessions. If you can't make it for the full training? Come by Wednesday evening for a condensed presentation showing you how to quickly build mobile apps using free or open-source tools!
 

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Join us to learn how to create mobile apps hands-on, in a friendly, fast-paced environment!

 The HTML5 class will teach you everything you need to build apps that work on (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, mobile browsers, etc.) we will review the important mobile features of HTML5 & JavaScipt. You will learn how to use a mobile UI framework (jQuery Mobile), how to add app features with a Backend-as-a-Service (open-source Usergrid) and how to deploy your app to devices natively using PhoneGap.

• The meetup presentation will cover the same topics but in very condensed form, most of it as a walkthrough, hands-on demo showing you how to build a simple app (a store locator), step by step, using free or open-source tools. 

By the end of the workshop, we will have built a fully-featured app, ready for release on the app store, without having written a single line of server-side code!

The HTML5 classes
The Mobile HTML5 classes will be offered Wednesday (morning & afternoon) and Thursday morning. It’s perfect for people with a background in web development or with light programming experience.


Pre-requisites
• A laptop: minimum OS requirements are Mac OS X[masked], Windows XP, or any linux that supports JDK6

• Basic understanding of HTML & CSS and some programming experience (ideally in JavaScript and jQuery, but not  necessarily): it may be useful for you to go through the following Codecademy lessons to brush up before you attend: classes 1–3 of the Web courseclasses 1–6 of the JavaScript course and classes 1–5 of the jQuery course.

• A working install of PhoneGap/Cordova. For Android, please follow these special instructionsFor iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry, you can follow the standard guide instead.

Workshop Schedule (Weds-Thurs)
• 30 minutes before start: registration + breakfast (morning sessions) or lunch (afternoon sessions)
• Hour 1: Intro HTML5 and Mobile Apps. Building your mobile UI with (jQuery Mobile)
• Hour 2: Add live data to your app with an API backend (Usergrid)
• Hour 3: Add more screens to your app
• Hour 4: make your app run natively on devices with PhoneGap
• Hour 5: Advanced topics (30 minutes) + 30 minutes of Q&A over lunch (morning sessions) or beers (afternoon sessions)

Presentation (Weds eve) 
As given at the Philly JUGChicago RubySilicon Valley iOSLA PhoneGap and Atlanta HTML5 Meetup groups! Nima will demonstrate how to quickly build a mobile app (a store locator) using free & open-source technologies for the UI, backend and packaging. We’ll have the app built from scratch and deployed on the device in < 1 hour, with plenty of time for Q&A. Beers, pizza and networking start at 6:30pm, presentation starts promptly at 7.




About the Instructor

These sessions will be led by Nima Vadiee, Developer Advocate for Palo Alto based Apigee.  A former Phoenix based software engineer turned Silicon Valley developer & entrepreneur   He recently presented this training in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Detroit, and Denver. You can find him on Twitter as @NimaVadiee or @apigee.


Here’s what previous attendees have to say…

“Great class … Opened up a new world for me.” —@wren_jon

“Awesome mobile apps training if you're looking to get a jump start with jQuery mobile and phonegap!” —@nmakiya

“Great HTML5 class today in San Fran with Tim Anglade Definitely looking forward to the advanced class next month!”  —@JeffCGoss

“Shout out to Apigee for putting on a great intro to html5 mobile apps today” —@paulruescher

“Great workshop today! Left with new knowledge, great tips, a new book & a couple cold ones.......ALL FOR FREE!” —@terrance_unce

“Thanks for the great day teaching us how to build mobile apps” —@MattSobieray

“Thanks to you for the Mobile App, HTML5, PhoneGap awesomeness” —@adaptivepattern

“He moved at a good pace. Packed a lot in. Was good.” —@newmanw10

And more… “Excellent presentation and group! A+” — “Awesome class! The materials and instruction were just right... Perfectl actually! Thanks Tim!” “I learned new stuff. Training was interactive. The instructor was really helpful” — ”It was hands-on. We had the chance to actually build our application” — ”It gave a clear overview of technologies useful to build mobile apps.” — “The material was great. The presenter knew his stuff and was interested in seeing his students succeed.” — “Building smartphone apps was a mystery until I attended this one.” — “I liked that individuals of diverse backgrounds and skill sets were all able to attend and learn something. Can't think of anything I disliked.” — “Not a sales pitch, very practical info, immediately useful” — “I am getting smarter thanks to you and Apigee for doing events like this.“ — ”Some of the best training I've had - paid or not. Thanks for putting this on.”

Some of our attendees in San Francisco

For your Boss

• You’re sold? Need to convince your boss? Well, just tell him about all the things you’ll get to learn in just half a day!

• If you’re a web designer, you will learn how to design interfaces for mobile websites and mobile apps quickly, and even how to implement them on your own into working prototypes, allowing your to tackle your company’s mobile projects this year.

• If you’re a front-end engineer, you will learn how to build mobile applications that look & feel like native apps, using the tools you’re already proficient with: HTML, CSS and JavaScript/jQuery.

• If you’re a native app developer, you will learn another way to build mobile apps, that allows your company to quickly launch projects for multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, etc.) using the same codebase!If you’re already an HTML5 or advanced app developer, you will learn how to use a Backend-as-a-service to quickly prototype, deploy and efficiently scale your company’s mobile apps without needing a backend team to keep it running.

• If you’re a backend developer, you will learn everything you need to know about the constraints of developing & launching mobile apps, what it means for backend architectures, and how large companies with tens of thousands of employees and millions of users manager their data backends for mobile apps.

• In just one day, you will learn everything you need to build real apps on your own. Past example includes: store locator, employee directory, Yelp-like app, mobile intranet, HR applicant tracker, lunch ordering system, conference app, room reservation system, and many more! Spend one day in this training and you’ll have the tools to tackle any mobile project your boss or customer throws at you.


A SPECIAL THANKS TO: 

This event would not be possible with out Apigee and hack/reduce a special thanks to both for partnering, sponsoring, and hosting this event. 


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  • Larry S.

    Really Enjoyed it. Picked up a little about Apigee's api as well. Probably tried to do a little to much in a 1/2 day sessions but well worth the effort of driving into Cambridge.

    September 1, 2013

  • Philip S.

    Thanks to the sponsors and the presenter for a great session. Nima effectively covered a lot of ground in a short period of time. It definitely helped if (as I was) you were able to spend time before the session with PhoneGap and jQuery Mobile. This was a crash-course introduction, and I've love to see a follow-up course concentrating specifically on PhoneGap. Thanks again!

    September 1, 2013

  • Philippe H.

    It was a great intro with a great presenter.

    August 31, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    A big thanks to Nima of Apigee for leading three workshops, and presenting for our group. Also a thanks to Apigee for sponsoring the event to be catered, and hack/reduce for hosting the event. I appreciate everyone coming out. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves, and learned something new. I will also be taking all your feedback into consideration as we try to make our events better for everyone, moving forward.

    2 · August 30, 2013

  • Rose H.

    I'm feeling ill and will likely miss the workshop this afternoon. I'd love to hear if/when this event is held again!

    August 29, 2013

    • Merlin C.

      Rose, sorry you could not make it. Nima will be posting the deck that includes the exercises if you want to work through them for practice. There is also a webcast that has been done through Apigee that I can share.

      August 30, 2013

  • Abdelali A.

    Excellent

    August 30, 2013

  • Kianosh P.

    The subject was great however I would like I have seen the workshop be broken down into different learning levels. As an intermediate user, I would've liked to have gotten in depth a it more.

    August 29, 2013

  • Rad

    I attended the Wednesday morning session and it was great.

    Nima said that he'll send us a link to similar webcast .

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • Joseph D.

    Nima did a great job, enjoyed it very much. Shared my experience with a number of co-workers and looking forward to applying what I picked up.

    August 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Overall, very beneficial; learned a LOT! True to form, by end of day mobile app created. But was not easy for certain - there's a very steep learning curve here and would have been dead in water had not gone through the prep work (which took a few hours the day before, so it's really build your first app in a day :-). Recommendations for improvement: Environment (would have been nice to work on tables). Overall you guys were true to form though and delivered on subject!!

    August 29, 2013

  • Sachin Kumar B.

    I was impressed how much Nima covered in just 3 hours and that also all very practical. Thank you so much. :-)

    August 29, 2013

  • Vlad Z.

    So I missed it ... When is the next one?

    August 29, 2013

  • Francis O.

    A great opportunity to experience hands-on how PhoneGap works in a real working example. Much more efficient and valuable than listening to a lecture or reading documentation.

    1 · August 29, 2013

  • tony

    Great

    August 29, 2013

  • Jed F.

    I am registered for today's training, but unfortunately I cannot get away. I'm so disappointed to have to miss this. Is there any way I could get notes or materials? Is anyone recording or otherwise documenting the sessions?

    August 29, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    Here is a link to discuss this afternoons workshop:

    http://www.meetup.com/html5boston/messages/boards/thread/37491112

    August 28, 2013

  • Michael B.

    @Pamela Reid
    Hi Turns out you need to download one of the archived versions. I used 2.9. The current 3. Version has a different file structure apparently

    August 28, 2013

  • Pamela R.

    I'm attending the Thursday afternoon session, and just downloaded the prerequisite development tools. There are some discrepancies between the installation instructions for Getting Started with iOS at http://docs.phonegap.com/, and the way the actual installation script works at phonegap.com/install.

    The biggest discrepancy is that the documentation says the phonegap create command will generate a .xcodeproj file, which can be run in Xcode. When I ran phonegap create <projectname>, the script built a boilerplate structure with a www dir that included typical formats for a web app (.html, .css, .js), but no .xcodeproj.

    Is this in line with what I should be seeing?

    August 28, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    Pics from morning workshop have been posted here:

    http://www.meetup.com/html5boston/photos/16987502/

    August 28, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    Here is the link to discuss to todays morning workshop:

    http://www.meetup.com/html5boston/messages/boards/thread/37483502

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Jesse G.

    I might have to leave around noon, I hope I can pick up enough info to keep it going from there.

    1 · August 27, 2013

    • Merlin C.

      A start is better then no start. :O)

      August 27, 2013

    • Jesse G.

      oops, guess I'm in the latter category, hehe. Sorry I had to miss it, I have something I needed to do.

      August 28, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    Twitter handles: @NimaVadiee @Apigee @Hackreduce @HTML5Boston

    August 28, 2013

  • Merlin C.

    Password is DataSet275

    August 28, 2013

  • Kim

    Hi. If we bring our laptops is there WiFi there? And...are these apps or code going to be compatible with tablets?

    August 28, 2013

  • Hans im G.

    Will it be helpful to bring a iPad and/or iPhone?

    August 28, 2013

  • Fred T.

    Sorry, can't make this event after all.

    August 27, 2013

  • Sachin Kumar B.

    Is thursday session repeat of wednesday session or advanced ?

    August 27, 2013

  • Jesse G.

    Do I understand correctly (from the event description) that there is a light breakfast served at 8:30? It says 30 before it starts, so I'm assuming that means 8:30, here.

    August 27, 2013

  • Jayant S.

    What time does this event end?

    August 27, 2013

  • Jonathan E. S.

    I will not be able to attend after all. Please let me know if you have this or a similar event in the future

    August 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Quick question/heads up for other about the setup for Android.
    In step 15 of the guide here (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/348446/trainings/android.html), its mentioned that we select only Android 4.2. However, I just got the option of 4.3 and went ahead with it. Things worked fine and I was able to run the cordova example on my android device. I am assuming this is alright?

    August 27, 2013

  • Sarah L

    I'll only be able to attend the Wednesday evening session but I'm looking forward to it!!

    August 27, 2013

  • Vlad Z.

    Thank you for this event. How do I sign up for Thursday?

    August 26, 2013

    • Merlin C.

      Vlad just rsvp here. Then select the Eventbrite link at the top of page and register on Eventbrite.

      August 26, 2013

  • Jonathan E. S.

    I am confused regarding, "We will have three days for the half-day training sessions. If you can't make it for the full training? Come by Wednesday evening for a condensed presentation" So I need to show Wed night and then come any other 1/2 day?

    August 26, 2013

    • Philippe H.

      I had the same question and it seems that the most important is the half-day workshop. The Wednesday evening is just a chance to chill and present what you did if you were part of the Wednesday session.

      August 26, 2013

    • Merlin C.

      Hey Jonathan, days have been cut down to two. Our speaker/instructor had a change of plans. Workshops will be offered on Weds and Thurs, presentation on Weds night. You do need to sign up via Eventbrite which is the first link on the second paragraph, when you sign up there it goes into further details for the times. There are three workshops being offered in the two days, they are all the same, just offered at different times...

      August 26, 2013

  • Gary J.

    Ubuntu supports the openJDK. The phonegap docs reference the Oracle JDK. There is some info on the forums about replacing the openJDK with the Oracle version. I was wondering if our instructor or apigee had any direct knowledge of problems or suggestions?

    Here is an example of the kind of widgets I am working on
    http://garyjohnsoninfo.info/XXSoftwareTools/MCalcMenuApp.html

    August 26, 2013

  • Jonathan E. S.

    Will this be offered again in near future?

    August 26, 2013

  • Philippe H.

    What I can't quite figure is the time commitment. Is it half a day or three days? It starts Wednesday morning and there is a presentation Wednesday night so what is that Friday 1pm time doing there? Am I missing something?
    Anyway thanks apigee and hack/reduce. I look forward to the challenge.

    August 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think they are just conducting the same workshop during the day. But, someone who can't attend a 4hours workshop, is recommended to attend the presentation. That's my guess.

      August 21, 2013

    • Merlin C.

      That is correct Piyush, you got it.

      1 · August 21, 2013

  • Clifford Y.

    Hi - Is the free PhoneGap Build plan adequate for the purposes of the demo?

    August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really really looking forward to this! Have so long wanted an event like this. :D Thanks so much to the sponsors and everyone who worked to bring this event home! :D

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Rosa

    Sounds amazing! Thanks organizers, sponsors & partners for making this available. Unfortunately I'll be out of town. Will this event be available again in the future?

    2 · August 20, 2013

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