Learning Firefox OS Application Development

Learn to design, build, and deploy your Firefox OS applications, built with web technologies, to the Firefox Marketplace
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Learning Firefox OS Application Development

Tanay Pant

Learn to design, build, and deploy your Firefox OS applications, built with web technologies, to the Firefox Marketplace
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ISBN 139781783989409
Paperback166 pages

Book Description

With broad compatibility, the latest in web technologies, and powerful development tools, Firefox is a great choice for both web developers and end users. Firefox OS’s promotion of HTML5 as a first class citizen opens up the walled gardens of mobile application development for web developers. It is because of this initiative that no special SDKs are required to develop for Firefox OS.

This book will help you excel in the art of developing applications for Firefox OS. It sequentially covers knowledge building, skills acquisition, and practical applications.

Starting with an introduction to Firefox OS, usage of WebIDE, and then the application structure, this book introduces applications of increasing complexity with each chapter. An application that measures your tapping speed, a geolocation tagging application, and a photo editing and sharing application are the three applications that will be built from scratch. You will learn about topics such as the difference between various types of Firefox OS applications, application manifest files, offline apps, and designing principles for applications. You will also learn to test and submit the applications to the marketplace and finally maintain the repository of the Firefox OS application.

By the end, you will be able to develop beautifully designed, fully-fledged, and rigorously tested Firefox OS applications and also share them at the Firefox OS Marketplace.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Firefox OS
Introducing Firefox OS
The need to develop applications for Firefox OS
The architecture of Firefox OS
The working of components under Firefox OS's hood – an example
HTML5 and open web applications
The security model of Firefox OS
Devices running Firefox OS available in the market
Summary
Chapter 2: Running Firefox OS Simulators with WebIDE
Introducing WebIDE
Installing and creating new apps by using WebIDE
Using developer tools in WebIDE
Browsing other runtime applications
Uninstalling applications in Firefox OS
Summary
Chapter 3: Getting Your Hands Dirty – Firefox OS Apps
Introducing Firefox OS apps
Security access levels (permissions)
Building our application's manifest file
Running our application on the simulator
Running the application as a hosted application
Summary
Chapter 4: Diving Deeper with the Fox Creating Richer Apps
Making hosted applications installable
Making hosted apps work offline with AppCache
Building Check In!
Summary
Chapter 5: Making Applications Visually Appealing – Style Guide
Basic design guidelines
Avoiding UI blunders
Gaia Building Blocks
Checking responsiveness with responsive design view
Summary
Chapter 6: Emerging a Guru – Learning Web APIs
Introducing Web APIs
Web activities
Building FoxFoto
Summary
Chapter 7: Testing Your Firefox OS Application
Introducing quality assurance
Using the Firefox developer tools for debugging
Improving the app's performance
Using the App Validator
Spoof Firefox OS Add-on
Summary
Chapter 8: Firefox Marketplace – Setting up Your Bazaar
Firefox Marketplace
Submitting your application to Firefox Marketplace
Updating your application in Marketplace
Marketplace review criteria
Publishing paid applications in Marketplace
Porting existing web apps to Firefox OS
Summary
Chapter 9: Maintaining Your Firefox OS Application Code Professionally
Setting up an account at GitHub
Version controlling your application
Hosting apps on RHCloud via Git
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Install, use, and access the Firefox OS simulator with the help of WebIDE
  • Get to know about application manifest files and the essential difference between web applications and Firefox OS applications
  • Create an application that measures the tapping speed of the user
  • Create an application that allows a user to check in at a place with geolocation tagging
  • Access device-specific features with WebAPIs and implement these by building a photo editing and sharing application
  • Submit your own applications to the Firefox Marketplace and share them with others
  • Professionally maintain the code of your application with the help of Github and deploy your hosted applications to OpenShift

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Firefox OS
Introducing Firefox OS
The need to develop applications for Firefox OS
The architecture of Firefox OS
The working of components under Firefox OS's hood – an example
HTML5 and open web applications
The security model of Firefox OS
Devices running Firefox OS available in the market
Summary
Chapter 2: Running Firefox OS Simulators with WebIDE
Introducing WebIDE
Installing and creating new apps by using WebIDE
Using developer tools in WebIDE
Browsing other runtime applications
Uninstalling applications in Firefox OS
Summary
Chapter 3: Getting Your Hands Dirty – Firefox OS Apps
Introducing Firefox OS apps
Security access levels (permissions)
Building our application's manifest file
Running our application on the simulator
Running the application as a hosted application
Summary
Chapter 4: Diving Deeper with the Fox Creating Richer Apps
Making hosted applications installable
Making hosted apps work offline with AppCache
Building Check In!
Summary
Chapter 5: Making Applications Visually Appealing – Style Guide
Basic design guidelines
Avoiding UI blunders
Gaia Building Blocks
Checking responsiveness with responsive design view
Summary
Chapter 6: Emerging a Guru – Learning Web APIs
Introducing Web APIs
Web activities
Building FoxFoto
Summary
Chapter 7: Testing Your Firefox OS Application
Introducing quality assurance
Using the Firefox developer tools for debugging
Improving the app's performance
Using the App Validator
Spoof Firefox OS Add-on
Summary
Chapter 8: Firefox Marketplace – Setting up Your Bazaar
Firefox Marketplace
Submitting your application to Firefox Marketplace
Updating your application in Marketplace
Marketplace review criteria
Publishing paid applications in Marketplace
Porting existing web apps to Firefox OS
Summary
Chapter 9: Maintaining Your Firefox OS Application Code Professionally
Setting up an account at GitHub
Version controlling your application
Hosting apps on RHCloud via Git
Summary

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ISBN 139781783989409
Paperback166 pages
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