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My Modern Web Conference presenation is now available online

10-29-2014 922 views Development, JavaScript, HTML5 Comments

As the title says, my presentation from the Modern Web Conference is now available to watch online. I've embedded it below. You can find the complete list of videos here.

Thoughts on Integrating Ionic into an Existing Application

10-16-2014 2,209 views Development, JavaScript, HTML5 4 Comments

Earlier this week a user asked me a question about integrating Ionic into an existing application.

My review of Ionic's Visual Application Builder

10-10-2014 4,676 views Mobile, Development, Design, JavaScript 3 Comments

Let me begin by saying that - like most developers I think - I have a pretty strong distrust for visual builders for applications. I've been burned by too many tools that create something pretty on screen but generate a horrible mess of code behind the scenes. I think there are definitely tools that do a good job of it now, but once you've been scarred by seeing div tags nested twenty layers deep, you get a bit sensitive. I've recently become a bit more open minded about it. XCode, in general, has a very powerful UI building metaphor to it and I kinda dig how the Android tools handle it in Eclipse as well. Now that you understand how I approach these tools, let me talk to you a bit about the upcoming Ionic Creator tool from the folks behind Ionic.

Cordova and Large Asset Downloads - An Abstract

10-07-2014 3,304 views Mobile, Development 12 Comments

Doing something a bit different today. A PhoneGap user contacted me yesterday with an interesting problem. He and I discussed it over a quick Google Hangout, and I thought I'd write up some thoughts about our discussion. Ultimately I want to build a proof of concept around this idea, but I thought I'd start first with an explanation, sans code, to see what people thought.

The problem, at a high level, involves downloading data files to a PhoneGap/Cordova application after the user has installed it. These would not be required downloads. Think more of things like DLC, or additional songs for a game, optional items. His question was how an application could be architected to support such a system. Here is what I told him. (And as always, I welcome other opinions in the comments below.)

CreativeSDK (really) Launches

10-06-2014 1,843 views Mobile, Development Comments

So a while ago I mentioned I was working on the CreativeSDK project. My role is to help out with documentation, including tweaks to the API guides and writing articles. As someone still pretty new to ObjectiveC, my articles are pretty simple, but hopefully that's exactly the kind of content that can help people use it. The SDK is now public and you can peruse some of the terribly exciting articles I wrote that demonstrate things like CC file access and PSD extraction.

The best place to start though is the Getting Started article, which walks you through project set up (XCode is pretty darn impressive by the way) and how to handle basic authentication with Creative Cloud.

Check it out at http://creativesdk.adobe.com.

Figuring out what version of Cordova created a project

10-03-2014 3,280 views Mobile, Development 2 Comments

Earlier today a user on Twitter asked how one could determine the version of Cordova used to create a project. As far as I knew there wasn't really a way to determine this, especially since there are multiple versions in play now. But I double checked on the main developer list just to be sure.

Ionic has a CDN (use with caution)

10-02-2014 2,161 views Mobile, Development, JavaScript, HTML5 Comments

I kinda stumbled upon this by accident, but Ionic has a CDN you can find here:

UX question, handling notifications

10-02-2014 1,876 views Development, Design 3 Comments

Ok, just a random note. I was going to post this on Google+ but figured I'd get a broader reach here on my blog. Lately I've run into two sites that handle notifications in a way that kinda bug me. I wanted to see if it bugs you too. I'm also curious if folks think my ideas for improvement makes sense, or if perhaps something else would be better.

Syncing Edge Animate with Window Scroll

09-29-2014 2,765 views Development, Design, JavaScript 5 Comments

Recently I've come across a few sites that will tie window scrolling with animation. When used in a subtle, small fashion, this is kind of cool. When used to change large portions of the view or really screw with scrolling, I detect it. Like most things, it all comes down to how you use it I suppose. But I was thinking recently - how can we do this with Edge Animate? Turns out it is rather simple.

Browser as a platform for your PhoneGap/Cordova apps

09-24-2014 15,140 views Mobile, Development, JavaScript 33 Comments

This is a pretty exciting change. If you've recently updated to the latest version of Cordova, you will notice that a new platform exists: browser. What exactly does this mean? It means the browser is now (well, becoming) a viable way to test your PhoneGap/Cordova applications. For a long time now I've done a lot of my development in the browser. Most of the time I'm not concerned about some random Cordova feature, instead I'm more concerned about something else. So I'll skip, or mock, a Cordova feature and focus on the important stuff. But eventually I hit that point where I need to do something via a core plugin and then I leave the desktop. Now we have an alternative.