Posted on 2012-09-12
Last Modified: 2014-11-12

I need some help in understanding how phonegap works.  Essentially I have a mobile friendly website.... meaning  I have the graphics set so one can view it easily on a mobile device.  This resides on micrsoft azure.  The application has to communicate with sql azure.  Every currently works fine and it is written as a aspx page.

My issue is that i want the capability of scanning a barcode and the only way to do this is to use the phone's camera.

Can this be done using phonegap.  Can someons shed some light on this subject.

Question by:jgomez1964
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    Assisted Solution

    It definitely can be done using PhonGap, here's a link to a tutorial on implementing it - PhoneGap Barcode Scanner

    Author Comment

    thanks for the comment... so can you confirm that my application can still be an aspx page and reside in microsoft azure.

    Does my application need to be published on an app store. (like apple app store)
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    As far as I know, you need to publish your app to an app store. In the case of Apple, yes, iPhone/iPad apps (those that are legitimately available), need to be published to the app store. Without your Apple device being jailbroken, anything not on the app store can be installed. There is a cost associated with adding an app to the Apple app store and Google's android market (google play):
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    by:Roopesh Reddy

    You can't put your web app in Apple AppStore or Google Play!

    Since it's not an thick application(which is installed on the device), you can't do that!

    You'r web application can be accessed using a web browser! All you can do is, provide an authentication, i mean username and password to login to your application, so that the registered users can use this application!

    If it's free, you can provide the URL to your web app!

    Hope it helps u...
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    Expert Comment

    roopeshreddy is right. I apologize as I misunderstood whether or not you actually wanted the application to reside on a phone. It definitely can stay being a aspx web application and folks will only need to visit your site to utilize it.

    Author Closing Comment

    thank you both for your input....

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