Learn to Build Your First Apache Cordova / PhoneGap App

Comprehensive guide to create a hybrid to-do app with JavaScript and HTML5 using Cordova, Onsen UI and Monaca.
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Create a simple to-do mobile app using Apache Cordova, Monaca, and Onsen UI.


  • You should be slightly familiar with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • You will need to create a free Monaca account. This will be covered in lecture 4.
  • You will need to install Monaca Debugger. This will be covered in lecture 6.
  • You will need to install Monaca CLI. This will be covered in lecture 8.


In this short course, you will learn about the basics of the hybrid app development, which is the fastest and most efficient way to build performant apps for multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Windows) simultaneously. You will get familiar with basic tools and platforms, as we will be using the Apache Cordova, the Monaca platform and Onsen UI for maintaining the native app look and feel.

All the tools used in this course are accessible free of charge, and we will be using basic and common web development languages (HTML5, JavaScript and CSS), setting no limitations for the students. This course is suitable for beginners, but understanding basic concepts of HTML5, JavaScript and CSS would be very helpful.

After the introduction, you will learn about the basic tools and structure of hybrid app development, and dive into coding straight away. Within less than 2 hours, you will have your "To-do" app ready and available. You will learn how to create a list view, how to add and remove items to the list, as well as modify the status of the task.

And the best thing about this course:
You will be able to utilize the new skills and knowledge to create further hybrid apps on your own (or using one of many templates or tutorials provided for future learning)!

Who this course is for:

  • This course is designed for students interested in app development, as well as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
  • This course is probably too easy for you if you are looking for advance guides for Apache Cordova, Monaca, and Onsen UI.


Sr. Software Engineer, Asial Corp.
Bryan Ellis
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Bryan Ellis is a Monaca backend senior software engineer at Asial Corporation.  He graduated from University of Houston-Clear Lake with a degree in Computer Information System with an interest in Computer Security.  He has been programming for over 15 years as a personal hobby and 5 years being in the professional industry.

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