Web app basics

Note: A number of the articles on this page are good, but the page itself is obsolete; most of this material is being purposed and put into the new Open Web Apps docs.

Guides and tutorials

Getting started with app development
An introduction to Web app development.
Firefox OS app development quickstart
An quick guide to get you building Firefox OS apps in no time.
App development for Web developers
Tips for new Web app developers interested in converting their Web sites into Web apps.
App development for mobile application developers
Suggestions for developers of apps for other mobile platforms who would like to start building Open Web Apps.
Developing game apps
Special considerations for game app developers, above and beyond the basics of Web app development.
Tutorials
Assorted tutorials and step-by-step guides to building example apps.

App basics

Open Web Apps and Web standards
High-level view of the intentions behind Open Web Apps.
Using app templates
To help you get going with app development as quickly as possible, there are some template apps you can use as a basis for your own apps. This guide provides information on those templates, how to get them, and how to work with them.
App Manifest
The manifest contains information describing your app. This guide explains how the manifest works and how to create one.
The Apps JavaScript API
Information about the JavaScript DOM API that provides app-specific capabilities, such as installing and managing your apps.
Installing Apps
The Apps.install() DOM method is used to install an app. Learn how to use it in this reference page.
App permissions
Access to device APIs is key to creating many useful apps. Here is what's available and how to access them.
Letting your app work offline
Strategies and technologies you can use to ensure that your app works when there's no network connection available.
Packaged apps
This article explains packaged apps, which you need for an app to access sensitive device APIs, and covers how to create and install them.
Identity integration
Information about using Persona (also known as BrowserID) to authenticate app developers and users.

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Tools for app developers
Technology reference documentation
Getting help from the community

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Contributors to this page: Sheppy, chrisdavidmills, tsmuse, MarkGiffin, Yoshino
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