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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)

Verified plugins site for Cordova applications

Jul 14, 2014 6:47 PM
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Currently the main site I use for finding Cordova plugins is plugins.cordova.io. Last week Telerik announced the creation of a new site, the Verified Plugins Marketplace. This site contains plugins that have been tested to ensure they work well and contain sample apps written with Kendo UI. I've often said that as a new Node developer, the availability of npm modules is both good and overwhelming as well. Having a curated, filtered list of plugins could be a huge benefit for Cordova/PhoneGap developers. (translate)

First release of Cordova Brackets extension

Jul 11, 2014 11:22 PM
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I blogged about this a few days ago, but I think I'm ready to really release my Cordova Brackets extension. The code is pretty much crap and it's really lacking in providing good feedback while it works, but the initial feature list is complete. Assuming you've got the Cordova CLI installed already, you can, via Brackets: Add and remove platforms. Warning - if Cordova needs to grab the bits for the platform (it does this once), it will be slow, and again, my extension isn't providing feedback about the operation until it is done, so, like, don't do anything. Go (translate)

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