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Building Cross-Platform Mobile Applications with HTML5 and Mango

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One of the most exciting new features coming in Windows Phone 7.1, code-named “Mango,” is an HTML5 Web browser based on IE9. One by-product of this addition is that you can use Mango phones to browse HTML5 Web sites. But the greater implication is that developers can now use HTML5 to build cross-platform mobile applications that run on Windows phones as well as iPhones and Android phones. HTML5 isn’t a perfect solution for building cross-platform mobile apps – you can’t, for example, leverage native features such as Mango’s Pivot and Panorama controls from HTML5, nor would you want to
since those controls don’t exist on other platforms – but for apps that don’t need platform-specific features anyway, HTML5 offers a handy solution to the problem of having to write the same app multiple times to get it running on different devices. To demonstrate the basic steps involved in writing Mango apps in HTML5 and packaging them and deploying them to a phone, I wrote the app pictured below. It’s a classic sliding-puzzle game, in which you scramble the picture and then try to get the pieces back in the right place. To move, simply touch a piece that’s...(Read whole news on source site)

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