A few years back I wrote a series of blog entries (linked to at the bottom) that discussed building a simple RSS reader application with PhoneGap/Cordova. The application used two variables, a simple name and RSS url, to drive an application that would grab the RSS feed, make a list, and let you read individual entries in the app. The final version of the app made use of the (non-core at the time) ChildBrowser plugin to let you read the entry on the site itself. (This was especially useful for RSS feeds like mine that show partial content in RSS.) I decided to update this application to make use of Ionic. It isn't an incredibly complex app, but I thought folks would be interested in the update.
Yesterday the Ionic folks released version 1.2.0. They've got a nice blog entry taking about the update, but I want to share the cool bits here as well. Definitely read their blog post for all the updates, but here are the ones that I think are really cool.
I'm very happy to announce that I'll be speaking at NCDevCon 2014. I've spoken at this conference for a few years now but didn't submit a topic this year due to some personal issues. Those personal issues are currently in hibernation for a few months and when an opening popped up at the last minute, I leapt at it.
I'll be speaking on two topics this year. My first is a simple look at what I think are the top features of ColdFusion 11. This will be a very opinionated look at the features of ColdFusion 11 (and ColdFusion Builder 3) that I think are worth your attention.
The second topic will be a look at the Ionic framework. This is a presentation I was supposed to give a month or two ago but that event was cancelled. I'm a complete and utter Ionic fan boy so I can't wait to share the awesomeness of Ionic with others.
For folks who can't attend (shame on you - you should :) - all NCDevCon sessions are taped and will be available for free after the conference. But tickets are still for sale. It isn't too late. If you can make it, I highly recommend going!
p.s. Sorry for being quiet the last few days. I just got back from my brother's wedding and I'm somewhat swamped. I need a clone. Or three.
Apparently everyone is expecting the announcement of the iWatch in a few weeks, and wearables are going to be "The Thing" for the next few years. But I've been rocking a Pebble for a while now and I really dig it. It isn't as sexy as some of the newer smart watches, and who knows how it will compare to whatever Apple is doing, but it is affordable (reasonably affordable) and simple. If you are considering picking up a smart watch, definitely check it out.
Ok, kind of a lame title, but it's Friday so I get a pass, right? I've presented (and written) on IndexedDB over the past few years, but it isn't something I've really worked with, or demoed, lately. There's been some interesting updates related to the technology though so I thought I'd share some news about IndexedDB. Now may be a great time to take a look at it again.
I decided to move my PhoneGap/Cordova FileSystem FAQ from a Google Doc to my Cordova Examples repository. I figured this would make it a bit easier for folks to edit and simpler for me to commit those changes. You can find the FAQ here:
Folks know that I've been madly in love with the Ionic framework lately, but I've run into an issue that I'm having difficulty with. I thought I'd blog about the problem and demonstrate a solution that worked for me. To be clear, I think my solution is probably wrong. It works, but it just doesn't feel right. I'm specifically sharing this blog entry as a way to start the discussion and get some feedback. On the slim chance that what I'm showing is the best solution... um... yes... I planned that. I'm brilliant.
A few days ago a client of mine, Rich Swier of HuB, asked if I could build him two quick demos that made use of the Eventbrite API. I whipped up the two demos for him and once done, he graciously allowed me to share it on my blog. (Thank you Rich!) I will warn you that this code was written for ColdFusion 8 so it is entirely tag based. At the very end a mod was made for ColdFusion 9. Obviously it could be converted to script and perhaps improved in other ways as well, but I hope this is useful for folks who want to play with the Eventbrite API in the future.
I was originally going to be presenting just to the Memphis Technology User Groups tonight, but they have graciously said they don't mind if I open this up to the public. If you want to hear me give an introduction to Cordova, join me online tonight at 6:30 CST here: https://my.adobeconnect.com/raysworld/. I will be giving priority for QA to the Memphis group of course, but all our welcome to join in and - hopefully - learn something as well. This will be over Adobe Connect so be sure to use a Flash-enabled browser.