Okay, flush with the success of getting my version of "Hello World" running within the Android emulator, I'm ready to try something that ties a web page to the mobile application experience. I had noticed forum references to something called Phonegap and after a little time spent with Google I decided to try out the Phonegap framework.
If you've been following along with my Android development posts then you probably have about fifty percent of the Phonegap prerequisites already installed on your machine e.g. eclipse, jdk. If you followed along from some of my earlier posts then you also have a Ruby environment, GIT and possibly ANT installed as well. If you don't already have these setup then you will need to install them – you will have to decide if the non-trivial exercise of installing all of these applications is worth the trouble. You can find excellent instructions for installing all of the components over on the Phonegap wiki. I am not going to duplicate the excellent information instructions found on the Wiki in this post, so just go over to the Wiki and scroll down to the Android Tutorials section for the details. If you really don't want to have to install Ruby and Git then the Wiki has instructions for using Phonegap with Eclipse and without Ruby and the Ruby droidgap script.
Once you have the requisite environment built then you need to install the Phonegap framework for android (you can also pull down frameworks for Blackberry, iPhone, Palm etc). In this case create a Phonegap directory and from within that directory issue the command:
git clone git://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-iphone.git