Web Programming Within Android Applications

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Week 5 (Feb. 8-14)

Does Android support the rendering of HTML/CSS/Javascript natively?

The answer is, yes. WebView is a native way for Android applications to render webpages within Activities. This is done through the WebKit rendering engine built into Android that displays HTML and CSS as if the designated Activity was a web browser. As is mentioned in the article linked below, 'a WebView provides no browser-like widgets, does not enable JavaScript and web page errors are ignored'.

More about WebView can be found here: http://developer.android.com/reference/android/webkit/WebView.html (Kristoffer)

Week 10 (March 20)

  • Building Web Apps in WebView [1]
  • Converting Your JavaScript App to an Android App w/ PhoneGap [2]
  • Android Calling JavaScript functions in WebView [3]
  • JavaScript goes native for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps (March 2015) [4]
  • Building Android Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript - Making Native Apps with Standards-Based Web Tools. O'Reily 2010. [5]