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From "Marcel Kinard (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CB-1159) Main webpage does not describe what Cordova is
Date Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:50:07 GMT


Marcel Kinard commented on CB-1159:

Hi, I'm new but would like to contribute. I'm at IBM joining Bryce Curtis' team. If I can
take a shot at writing some text for this open issue, what do you think of the following?

About Apache Cordova

Apache Cordova is a set of device APIs that allow a mobile app developer to access native
device function such as the camera or accelerometer from JavaScript. Combined with a UI framework
such as jQuery Mobile or Dojo, this allows a smartphone app to be developed with just HTML,
CSS, and JavaScript, but still look like a native app.

When using the Cordova APIs, an app can be built without any native code (Java, Objective-C,
etc) from the app developer. Instead, web technologies are used, and they are hosted in the
app itself locally (generally not on a remote http server).

And because these JavaScript APIs are consistent across multiple device platforms, and built
on web standards, the app should be portable to other device platforms with minimal to no

Apps using Cordova are still packaged as apps using the platform SDKs, and can be made available
for installation from each device's app store.

Cordova provides a set of uniform JavaScript libraries that can be invoked, with device-specific
native backing code for those JavaScript libraries. Cordova is available for the following
platforms: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Palm WebOS, Bada, and Symbian.

Apache Cordova is an effort undergoing incubation at The Apache Software Foundation (ASF),
sponsored by the Apache Incubator project. Incubation is required of all newly accepted projects
until a further review indicates that the infrastructure, communications, and decision making
process have stabilized in a manner consistent with other successful ASF projects. While incubation
status is not necessarily a reflection of the completeness or stability of the code, it does
indicate that the project has yet to be fully endorsed by the ASF.

> Main webpage does not describe what Cordova is 
> -----------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CB-1159
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Cordova
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Docs
>    Affects Versions: Master
>         Environment:
>            Reporter: Jeff Warnica
>            Assignee: Michael Brooks
>             Fix For: Master
> The current "About Cordova" describes some meta-political type state with how Cordova
works within the Apache foundation. While possibly interesting, this does exactly nothing
to describe what Cordova is, does, or why anyone would want it.

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