This is preview!
A list of plugins would be very helpful.even a small list of issues/work arounds would be very helpful
I would be lying if I said I wasn't interested in checking out Zepto. I became intrigued about it and jqMobi after reading this article that was mentioned in some other post here in the forums: http://www.codefessions.com/2012/08/performance-of-jquery-compatible-mobile.html
That is the most fundamental flaw of JQM today. That attitude needs to change, and from the top. And this is a project that is run from the top. You can't tell developers to go away because the product isn't suitable for their needs if they are doing native development.Some thoughts, The goal of JQM should be to work great as a webapp, and also great as a PhoneGap like App. There is no middle ground here. The idea of JQM only working fine as a web app is incorrect IMHO.
The Rhodes Framework does this, and I have to assume theres some similar option in PhoneGap? It can be done with either a non-JQM webpage or just with a .png. I prefer the latter. The framework just throws up the .png with native code, and the WebView proceeds to load in background. You typically want to display a "splash" to the user for a few seconds, anyway. So, make use of that time. It's helpful to also pre-load pages using data-prefetch on links. It's best if you can get your basic app structure in place during the splash time.
I was able to improve the feeling of my web app, by creating what I call a Index Loader. Basically an Index file that shows a splash screen and does not use JQM. Is only around 30Kb and loads fast. Displays some content for the user while is getting the JQM files in the BG.