Twitter: raymondcamden


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Browser as a platform for your PhoneGap/Cordova apps

09-24-2014 12,737 views Mobile, Development, JavaScript 30 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.

Safari Remote Debug and IndexedDB

09-24-2014 1,576 views JavaScript Comments

I just tweeted this on - er - Twitter - but I thought I'd expand a bit on it here. As you may know, iOS 8 adds support for IndexedDB. This is really good news for your mobile web sites and hybrid applications. What I wasn't sure of though was whether or not Safari Remote Debugging would support IndexedDB. Chrome has a great IndexedDB browser and while you can still debug without it using commands in the console, the visual debugger is a lot easier to use. Turns out Safari has it as well:

Tip: Using Ionic - without Ionic

09-23-2014 2,566 views Mobile, JavaScript, HTML5 Comments

Pardon the cryptic title. Earlier this morning I was working on a demo (the result of which is documented here) that I knew was going to be rather simple. Therefore I decided to skip using Ionic since AngularJS would have been overkill for what I was producing. I was ok with that, but what I really didn't like was losing live reload and logging in my terminal. Turns out there is a rather obvious way to get that.

Simple photo filters with VintageJS and Cordova

09-23-2014 3,234 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.

ColdFusion 11 Updated, and my (non)appearance at the ColdFusion Summit

09-22-2014 2,432 views ColdFusion 3 Comments

First, the good news. Today Adobe released the first update to ColdFusion 11: ColdFusion 11 - Update 1. You can update via the normal admin interface. Please note that this update includes a connector update for IIS. If you are using IIS, first, I'm sorry, second, update the connector.

Finally, I'm sorry to say that I will not be speaking at the ColdFusion Summit this year. I was really looking forward to it, but I had something come up, something kinda important, that will have me quite a bit far away at the same time. I'll give details when I can. I strongly urge you to attend if you haven't gotten a ticket yet. If for some reason my ColdFusion Builder session is not picked up by someone else, you have my word that I'll give it via a Google Hangout sometime in November.

Datalist support in Mobile Chrome

09-18-2014 2,236 views HTML5 2 Comments

iOS8 launched yesterday and it has damn good updates in mobile Safari. I strongly suggest folks read Max Firtman's detailed review here: iOS 8 and iPhone 6 for web developers and designers: next evolution for Safari and native webapps. One thing missing, however, is support for datalist controls. I've blogged about them before and I really like how simple they make basic autocomplete controls. I noticed over on the CanIuse page for datalist that Android 4.4.3 and higher now support it. Here are some screen shots of it in action. Honestly it looks pretty much as you might expect, but I wanted to see for myself.

ColdFusion's ArrayEach and Struct JSON Serialization

09-17-2014 2,037 views ColdFusion Comments

Ok, technically, the two topics mentioned in the subject have nothing to do with each other, but both were interesting things I ran into during my presentation on Sunday so I thought I'd call them out.

Using the New York Times API to Chart Occurrences in Headlines

09-15-2014 3,631 views JavaScript 2 Comments

This weekend while at a conference, I discovered that the New York Times has a pretty deep developer API. It covers both their newspaper data as well as government and regional information. I played around with it a bit and found it very easy to use via JavaScript (I don't think they document it, but they do use CORS so you can skip JSONP) and thought I'd try to build a little experiment. What if we could use the API to map the number of times a keyword appeared in headlines over time?

Video: My top features of ColdFusion 11

09-14-2014 2,320 views ColdFusion 2 Comments

Here is the other presentation I did at NCDevCon - a review of my top features of ColdFusion 11. I should totally be in marketing. Honest.

Ray's Top Features of ColdFusion 11

Video: Building Hybrid Applications with Ionic

09-13-2014 4,115 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.