AppaloozaLA!

AppaloozaLA

I had to miss speaking at the one in San Francisco, but I am back in the saddle to speak at the Los Angeles stop! This is going to be a great event filled with some incredible speakers. Personally, I will be presenting on using PhoneGap Build to quickly build native mobile applications.

The event will be on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PST) at the Art Institute of CA-Los Angeles.

For more information, visit the EventBrite page. Hope to see you there!

 

jQuery 2.0 Development Cookbook

jQuery 2.0 Development Cookbook The problem with frameworks that have been around for sometime, is you have to be careful of the solutions that might exist for a particular problem you might be having. jQuery is certainly one of those frameworks that has a long legacy. The jQuery 2.0 Development Cookbook aims to solve some of these issue by collection a nice set of solutions to many standard problems using the newer 2.x branch of jQuery.

Leon Revill takes the reader from some of the more basic solutions, such as standard DOM manipulations, through more and more advanced solutions. The later chapters of the book being to touch on the basics of both jQuery UI and jQuery Mobile.

One issue I did have with the book is the author did spend a modest amount of time covering some server side portions. I appreciated the effort to introduce the reader to some more topics, but wish the he had just pointed the solution. I also would have like to have seen more advanced recipes that really show the capabilities of using jQuery

Overall, found the book useful as a traditional reference for working with jQuery 2. New developer to the jQuery framework will find this reference useful, and intermediate developer might pick up a trick or two as well.

(Disclaimer: The publisher supplied a copy for review)

The Future of Flash…

FlashAppIconWith the release of Flash Professional CC 2014, the program has in many ways returned to its roots as a premiere animation and asset development tool. Let me take you back many years ago, the web was just text and mostly static images. But designers wanted to create a more expressive experience, from this Flash (then FutureSplash) was born.

For a long time, Flash served as the main solution to overcome the short comings of the web and the user experiences that so many of us wanted to create. Now the web platform has finally matured to the point where we can now create these experiences without Flash acting as a bridge for our visions. There is no doubt that the rich engaging things will use and build would not be possible without the content created by Flash.

But what about today? Most of the mobile devices sitting on my desk do not run Flash content in their browsers. But I still want to create engaging web content  that works on my mobile devices, as well as my desktop.

Some of the improvements for this release of Flash Professional CC 2014 is the abilities to publish your animation content into a variety of formats that are very mobile and standards friendly.

So now if I want to take my animation that I developed with all of the incredible animation tools with Flash Pro to play as a canvas based animation, it is not a problem. I can leverage the createjs framework (written by the incredible team a gskinner.com). If want to just use Flash to create a sprite sheet for use in another animation framework, I can just as easily publish that as well.

FlashWebGL

Last but not least, if I want to have my animation leverage the power of WebGL, the latest release has an experimental version of publishing to that format as well.

If you are looking for a tool to help you animate something for web, I would take a fresh look at Flash. There are some great tutorial on these new features on the revised adobe.com site.

PhoneGap Day(s) and a Call for Speakers

phonegapThe PhoneGap team just announced the dates for PhoneGap Day(s). 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 more information, visit the web page: http://pgday.phonegap.com/

I attended last year’s PhoneGap day in Portland, and can easily say it was a great event. I am looking forward to attending it again.

In addition, the call for speakers is open as well. I am working up a few topics that I plan to submit. What is nice is these talks are short and sweet (about 20 minutes), so it is perfect for . Hope to see you there!

Cordova 3.5.0 Now on PhoneGap Build

PhoneGap Build has added support for Cordova 3.5.0.

I will be updating ConfiGAP shortly to support this, but in the meantime, you can edit your  config.xml with <preference name=”phonegap-version” value=”3.5.0″ />.

If you want to know what’s in 3.5, you can read more about it at:

PhoneGap Developer App for Windows Phone 8

Windows 8

The PhoneGap team announced that the PhoneGap Developer App is now available on the Windows Phone Store. It supports not only Windows Phone 8, but also the upcoming 8.1 update!

For newcomers, the PhoneGap Developer App aims to lower the barrier of entry to creating PhoneGap apps. You can immediately preview your app on a device without installing platform SDKs, registering devices, or even compiling code. Plus, you have full access to the official PhoneGap APIs.

Possibly the most exciting aspect of this announcement is that you can now develop your apps on an OS X machine and preview on a Windows Phone device. Cross-platform, indeed!

I somehow missed posting this correctly, but that I would go ahead and post it even though it is a bit late.