A few weeks ago a reader asked if I had ever designed a quiz for jQuery Mobile. While I had not, I spent some time thinking about how a quiz could be designed as well as how a generic library could help automate it. I've built a demo I'd like to share with folks. It is definitely "First Draft" (but hey, it lints!) so feel free to tear it apart and suggest improvements.
Earlier this week I blogged about the relaunch of Ripple, a great tool for building your mobile applications with Chrome. One of the issues with the new version of Ripple is that when you edit your code, you have to run "cordova prepare" to copy the assets into your platform before you can view it in the browser.
Edit: As I find more things, I'll post them to the bottom of this blog post.
For folks who have seen me present on PhoneGap/Cordova, you know I'm a huge fan of Ripple. Ripple was (is, see details) a Chrome extension that allows you to run PhoneGap/Cordova applications in the browser. Ripple included a UI that gave you a pseudo-mobile view of your application and a way to emulate various features including the camera and the accelerometer. While not as good as a real device, it was incredibly useful for development.
Are you using geolocation in your PhoneGap/Cordova application and seeing two prompts?
Today we officially launched PhoneGap 3.0 support for PhoneGap Build. You can read the blog post on it here: PhoneGap 3.0 Now Supported in PhoneGap Build Before you get started, there are a few things I want to call out.
I'm very happy to announce that the jQuery Mobile book that I wrote with Andy Matthews has now been updated to the second edition. It covers jQuery Mobile 1.3.2 (we couldn't wait for 1.4 unfortunately) and includes new UI features like panels and responsive tables.
You can order the book from Packt right now here: Packt
Another option is via the Amazon link below. I get a small kickback when you do and a kitten smiles. Amazon is showing the book as being unavailable till the end of October, but it really should just be a few more days.
I am proud of this book as I think it really helps explain jQuery Mobile in a simple, easy to approach manner. I hope you like it too.
Today our web platform team released a very cool article on CSS Regions and Edge Reflow. CSS Regions, if you don't know, is a specification that Adobe and others have been working on now for nearly two years. Even better, iOS7 landed support for this last week when it was released.
While I encourage you to actually read the spec (seriously, reading specs may not be exciting, but the level of detail is incredible), I'll do my best to explain the feature here. In a nutshell, CSS regions allow you to define how text should flow within a "region". You can think of a region as columns in a newspaper that flow naturally around pictures.
As I said above, regions have landed in iOS7, and they are available now via a flag in Chrome. You can see more detailed information about the support level at the CanIUse page:
Both Edge Reflow and Edge Code now have support for CSS Regions. In order to see this in Edge Reflow, be sure you update first (duh), but then check the View menu for "Shiny Web Features":
You can read more about Edge Reflow's update here: Shiny Web Features.
I also strongly recommend you check out Terry Ryan's article: Reflow Gets Support for Regions. His screen shots are particularly good I think at illustrating the feature. I also like Alan Greenblatt's excellent article on it: Cross-Browser Responsive Content with CSS Regions.
As a reminder - you can download Edge Reflow for free when you sign up at the free level of the Creative Cloud. If you have any questions about Reflow, or Regions, just let me know!
Very happy to announce that the latest DZone Refcard was written by yours truly. You can now download the official DZone PhoneGap Refcard here: http://refcardz.dzone.com/refcardz/getting-started-phonegap
DZone does require you to sign in, but it is entirely free, and there are a heck of a lot of other cool reference sheets there as well.
NCDevCon is over and once again it was an incredible conference. What makes NCDevCon especially good is that all of the presentations are recorded and available to anyone to see. Here are my videos as well as some others I thought were good.
A bit late, but here is a video recording of my short presentation on Parse.com at this year's PhoneGap Day. Enjoy.