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Simple photo filters with VintageJS and Cordova

09-23-2014 3,254 views Mobile, JavaScript, HTML5 6 Comments

A quick demo today of something I ran into via StackOverflow. VintageJS is a JavaScript library that adds simple camera fitlers, like sepia and vignettes, to pictures. As long as your browser supports canvas, you can make use of the library rather easily. Here is one example, stolen from their docs.

Video: Building Hybrid Applications with Ionic

09-13-2014 4,131 views Mobile, Development, JavaScript, HTML5 7 Comments

How cool is NCDevCon? The presentation I finished 10 minutes ago is online. Now. There may be some audio issues in the middle (had some feedback) so you may want to switch to headphones (let me know), but overall, check it out and let me know. I've made no secret of my love for Ionic and I hope this helps people get acquainted with it.

Video Link

p.s. I didn't include my slide deck and example apps, but if folks would like them let me know and I'll post a copy.

Having issues sending a Cordova app to an iOS device? Seeing lldb?

09-11-2014 4,605 views Mobile, Development Comments

Yesterday I ran into an odd issue with an Ionic demo. I was trying to run it on an iOS device and it kept hanging. After about 5 seconds of hanging, I'd see (lldb) and then nothing else would happen. I switched to using the Cordova CLI and confirmed the same thing happened there. After a bit of Googling, I found myself on the Ionic forums at this thread: Error when doing 'ionic run ios'. Long story short, there is a process, lldb, that is hanging around and blocking access to the device. Use the suggested pkill lldb command and you should be good to go.

Ionic Framework and CLI updated

09-10-2014 2,228 views Mobile, Development 1 Comment

Just a quick note to let folks know that Ionic has been updated - both the framework (the UI and UX bits, basically what you see) as well as the CLI itself. This forum post details the changes in the Ionic framework itself: http://forum.ionicframework.com/t/v1-0-0-beta-12-krypton-koala-released/9435.

As for the CLI, I'm not aware of a document just for that, but the latest version is 1.2.4 and a cool new addition has landed. You can now seed an Ionic project with the contents of a directory. This joins the existing other options (one of the three main templates or a CodePen) and is a great addition. Personally I think the "blank" template is perfect (and wish the Cordova default project was as good), but I know I'm going to need to tweak it a bit and once I do, I'll create a copy and use it for future Ionic projects.

In honor of this release - here is a result from a Google image search for "krypton koala":


Image credit: Discovery News

What is the optimal environment for trying Ionic?

09-09-2014 2,553 views Mobile, Development 7 Comments

So earlier today before the OMG A WATCH IT BURNS event, David asked me a question about Ionic on Twitter:

RSS Reader Cordova demo updated with Ionic

09-05-2014 5,006 views Mobile, Development, JavaScript 3 Comments

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.

Ionic 1.2.0 Released

09-04-2014 2,260 views Mobile, JavaScript, HTML5 1 Comment

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.

Ionic releases an easier path to Cordova / Android development

08-19-2014 4,910 views Mobile 8 Comments

I promise - I'm not turning into a complete Ionic fan boy, but if you want to call me an unofficial evangelist for them (especially since I don't do that for Adobe anymore), I certainly won't mind. This weekend I was working on the book I'm writing covering Cordova, and as part of that process I worked through the complete setup for doing Cordova development with Android. Most of the time I use iOS but for the book I wanted a platform anyone could use. In fact, I specifically did my testing in Windows since I know that many people use Windows and Cordova development has been a bit tricky there in the past.

PhoneGap/Cordova Example - Getting File Metadata (and an update to the FAQ)

08-18-2014 3,542 views Mobile, JavaScript 3 Comments

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:

Ionic and Cordova's DeviceReady - My Solution

08-16-2014 7,100 views Mobile, JavaScript 9 Comments

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.