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    "Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices" Book

    I am making my way through the "Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices" Book by Sitepoint. Initially I was very impressed with the quality of content in the book, however, as you go further through the book I have realised that the title of this book is slightly misleading. What it should read is "Build Mobile Websites and Apps for Smart Devices (if you have a Mac)."
    When I got the book, I was under the impression that I would be able to develop for all mobile operating systems, using just HTML, CSS and javascript. However, it appears that you also need a Mac computer for iOS development. I know you can still develop for Android and WebOS but let's be honest - there's no point in making apps if you can't build for iPhone and iPad. So I feel like I have wasted my cash on this book, which is sad.
    So I started looking for solutions.
    I thought I have found it with Adobe Phonegap Build but even though you no longer need the SDK, you still need a '...Mac to configure your certificate and provisioning profile." However, someone in the Phonegap community wrote this interesting post about using OpenSSL to get around the problem: http://community.phonegap.com/nitobi..._without_a_mac - anyone tried this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by topmonkey View Post
    I thought I have found it with Adobe Phonegap Build but even though you no longer need the SDK, you still need a '...Mac to configure your certificate and provisioning profile." However, someone in the Phonegap community wrote this interesting post about using OpenSSL to get around the problem: http://community.phonegap.com/nitobi..._without_a_mac - anyone tried this?
    Can't say I've tried the OpenSSL method, have you tried it yet?

    Another option that might work for you is installing OSX on a Virtual Machine (Using VirtualBox for example) - the only thing you need that might cost a couple of bucks is a copy of OSX (try eBay or see if a friend has the install DVD)

    MacBreaker have some tutorials on how to install OSX on VirtualBox that might be helpful if you're interested: http://www.macbreaker.com/2012/07/mo...irtualbox.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieJohn View Post
    Can't say I've tried the OpenSSL method, have you tried it yet?

    Another option that might work for you is installing OSX on a Virtual Machine (Using VirtualBox for example) - the only thing you need that might cost a couple of bucks is a copy of OSX (try eBay or see if a friend has the install DVD)

    MacBreaker have some tutorials on how to install OSX on VirtualBox that might be helpful if you're interested: http://www.macbreaker.com/2012/07/mo...irtualbox.html
    No I havn't tried OpenSSL yet - I havn't finished building my first app yet - I'm just looking into options.

    I have found another option in mobundler.com - which appears to let you build the necessary .p12 file online. Looks promising combined with Phonegap Build?

    Thanks for the info re VirtualBox - sorry to ask but is this a legit way of doing things? I'm a novice in this area but it sounds like it should be an infringement of Apple's licensing agreement?

    Cheers,
    M

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    Quote Originally Posted by topmonkey View Post
    Thanks for the info re VirtualBox - sorry to ask but is this a legit way of doing things? I'm a novice in this area but it sounds like it should be an infringement of Apple's licensing agreement?
    I can't say I've read the licensing agreement so please don't take this as legal advice.

    But... as long as you own a (legal) copy of the OS, you should be able to install it on a Virtual Machine without too much of a problem. The other option would be to buy a Macbook (used Macbooks on ebay will set you back a couple of hundred $$).
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    . . web: "afterlight.com.au",
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    . . psa: "usethelatestversion.com"
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    Quote Originally Posted by AussieJohn View Post
    I can't say I've read the licensing agreement so please don't take this as legal advice.

    But... as long as you own a (legal) copy of the OS, you should be able to install it on a Virtual Machine without too much of a problem. The other option would be to buy a Macbook (used Macbooks on ebay will set you back a couple of hundred $$).
    I'll start saving then!

    Re OpenSSL - you can build and sign an app but you apparently still need a Mac to get your app into the AppStore [facepalm]


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