Do you want to make mobile apps that run on iPhone and iPad, as well as on Android, and Windows Phone? Sure you do! Do you want to learn five different programming languages? Of course you don’t!
Fortunately, you’re about to discover a better way to build apps. In this course, you’ll learn how to imagine, design, build, and optimize a cross-platform mobile app using the very latest HTML5 standards. The result will be a mobile app that’s fast and runs on just about any smartphone or tablet computer.
The Basics of Mobile Apps and App Design
What are the compelling reasons for developing mobile apps with HTML5? And why are some of the Web’s biggest players—including Google, Facebook, and Twitter—moving all their apps to the mobile Web? Today you’ll learn four principles for designing great mobile apps, and you’ll get acquainted with the concept of “mobile first” Web development. By the end of this lesson, you’ll be ready to start writing an app.
Building Your First Mobile App
Today you’ll follow the progress of employees at a fictitious company as they build a mobile app. In the process, you’ll set up your tools and get your hands dirty with some real HTML5 code.
HTML5 is the latest version of the markup language of the Web. In this lesson, you’ll learn why Web developers and mobile developers are so gung-ho for HTML5. More importantly, you’ll find out how you can use it to write your own webpages. By the end of the lesson, you’ll understand the basics of markup languages and HTML5 syntax.
Formatting HTML5 With CSS3
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) will make your Web apps workable on the largest number of devices, and it’ll make your code easier to maintain. In this lesson, you’ll use CSS to format HTML documents. This lesson also looks at the new capabilities that are possible with CSS version 3.
Jump-Start Your App With jQuery Mobile
Accessing Device Features and Storage
By accessing built-in device features such as offline storage and location services, you can make your mobile Web apps much more dynamic. In this lesson, you’ll learn what’s possible and how to do it.
Web APIs and Mashups
No Web app is an island. Hundreds of app developers have made certain features of their software available using Web Application Programming Interfaces. By using these APIs to retrieve data and then combining different data sources, you can create endless combinations called mashups.
HTML5 Graphics and Animation
Graphics and animation can really spice up your mobile apps. The mobile Web has special requirements and technologies that you need to be aware of, however. In this lesson, you’ll learn to optimize your graphics for the mobile Web.
Optimizing for Mobile Devices
Smartphones and tablets come in different shapes and sizes. In this lesson, you’ll learn to make your Web app look good on the largest possible variety of devices. You’ll also add some meta tags that will give your app more polish on iPhone and Android, and then focus on touch-enabling your app.
Maximizing Mobile Performance
A responsive app doesn’t keep the user waiting. In this lesson, you’ll learn tools and techniques to make your app responsive.
Convert Your App to a Native App
Native apps give you access to more device features and to the distribution power of an app store. Learn how to use PhoneGap to convert your Web app into a native one for multiple mobile operating systems.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course. HTML and/or programming experience will be helpful, but is not required.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
When can I get started?
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
How does it work?
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
What if I need an extension?
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.