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My perspective of working with the Ionic Framework

Jul 28, 2014 7:22 PM
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For a while now I've been praising the the Ionic framework as one of the coolest things to happen to Cordova/PhoneGap development. I kept promising to talk about it a bit more deeply on the blog and today I've finally gotten around to it. This will be somewhat long, and rambling, but I hope it will give readers an idea of why Ionic is so cool and why they should consider giving it a try. Let's begin by talking about what the framework actually is. I'll steal their marketing tagline as a jumping off point: Free and open source, Ionic (translate)

Sunday OT - Wolfenstein: The New Order

Jul 27, 2014 3:21 PM
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I've been a fan of the Wolfenstein series for quite some time, and when I say "quite some time", I'm talking a long time. I remember playing the original Wolfenstein, back before it got fancy with 3D: Because of my long history with the game, I was really looking forward to trying the latest incarnation, and especially interested in seeing how a FPS performed on the PS4. I was not disappointed. Graphically and gameplay wise, the game is fun as hell. It has great balance, with only a few areas being out of sync difficulty wise with the others, and (translate)

Updated/Relaunched site - Popular Followers

Jul 24, 2014 3:21 PM
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Almost two years ago I announced the launch of a new site. It was built to display a report of your followers sorted by how many followers they had. Now - I completely recognize that this isn't necessarily an important report. But it was something I was curious about and I thought it would be cool. I'm being followed by two stars of Young and the Restless (my secret obsession), one of my favorite authors, and best of all, Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, Twitter killed off almost all the public APIs it has and now requires a heck of a (translate)

An example of Cordova's Camera PopoverOptions

Jul 23, 2014 1:59 PM
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One of the interesting features in Cordova's Camera API is something called popoverOptions. While the docs do explain what this feature does, it may not be entirely clear how it works so I whipped up a quick example, with screen shots, to demonstrate what it does. First off - this feature is only for iOS (and the iPad at that) and only for existing pictures, it is not something you can use when having the user take new pictures. So right away you can see this is something that will have limited usage. But what exactly does it do? The (translate)

PhoneGap Day US and EU Announced

Jul 22, 2014 8:13 PM
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For a few years now the PhoneGap team have been running a one day conference called PhoneGap Day. This is easily one of my favorite conferences. It has a very laid back vibe. The sessions are short and sweet (20 minutes or so a pop). The schwag is actually useful. Out of all the conferences I attend, this one just feels the most relaxed, fun, and educational as well. This year PhoneGap Day will be held in San Francisco on October 24th and Berlin on September 26th. As before, there will be full day workshops on the day before. For (translate)

Targeting a device type with Cordova Emulate

Jul 21, 2014 11:21 PM
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Today I've got yet another Cordova tip that was probably known to most people. I'm working on a sample application that needs to run on an iPad, not an iPhone, but the problem was that every time I ran cordova emulate ios, it would fire up the application in an iPhone. If I switched the hardware in the iOS simulator settings it would work, but when I recompiled and reran, it reverted to an iPhone. Turns out, there is a simple solution for this. I had never noticed this, but cordova emulate is simply an alias for cordova run --emulator. (translate)

ColdFusion, isValid, Email and new TLDs

Jul 21, 2014 2:16 PM
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A few days ago a user reported an issue with my blog involving the comment form. Apparently he has an email address using one of the new TLDs (top level domains) that are cropping up, specifically "directory." I decided to do some testing to see how well ColdFusion supports these new TLDs. First off, it was a bit difficult to find out what has been added recently, but I did find a Wikipedia page with everything listed: ICANN-era generic top-level domains. I knew new TLDs were coming, but my god, I had no idea how many and how... weird some (translate)

Soundings Update

Jul 16, 2014 4:50 PM
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So hey, remember I built an open source ColdFusion survey application? This morning someone sent in a good request and I quickly added it. Surveys may now have an "attachment" question. Basically it means you can create a survey that also asks people to upload an attachment. You can grab the latest bits on GitHub: https://github.com/cfjedimaster/Soundings. (translate)

Cordova Sample: Reading a text file

Jul 15, 2014 7:21 PM
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A few weeks back I began a list of questions to help build a PhoneGap/Cordova File System FAQ. (More on that at the very end.) As I work through the questions I'm building little samples (like this one) to help demonstrate various FileSystem features. Today's is really simple, but as always, I figure people can find this helpful even if it trivial. (And if I'm wrong, let me know in the comments below.) Today's example simply reads a text-based file from the file system and displays it in the application. Let's take a look at the code and then I'll (translate)

Yet another Cordova/PhoneGap Debugging Tip

Jul 15, 2014 3:18 PM
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Want another way to debug Cordova/PhoneGap apps? This isn't new, but I tend to forget about this option and it came in handy yesterday so I thought I would share. When you send builds to the simulator/device via the command line, you may notice that at the end of all the output about building this and generating that, you get these two lines: 2014-07-14 17:23:36.846 ios-sim[1335:507] stderrPath: /Users/ray/readtextfile/platforms/ios/cordova/console.log 2014-07-14 17:23:36.847 ios-sim[1335:507] stdoutPath: /Users/ray/readtextfile/platforms/ios/cordova/console.log What this is telling you is that you have a log file that will report on errors from your application. This also includes console.log output. (As well (translate)

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