Category: Video

PhoneGap and Force.com in 69 minutes

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I’m proud to present a series of seven video tutorials that teach how to build PhoneGap applications connected to Force.com (Salesforce). It is over an hour of content that goes step-by-step from project set up to packaging of applications ready for multiple platforms.
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PhoneGap 2.0 – Getting Started

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As you may already know PhoneGap 2.0 was released last Friday. This is a major release that brings some new features and lots of changes around the way you create and setup your development environment. For example to create a new iOS/PhoneGap project you don’t use a wizard from Xcode anymore; now you need to launch a bash script from command line. Below you will find two short video tutorials that demonstrate how to get started for both Android and iOS platforms. Also after the videos you can find some additional steps that I had to go through in order to get everything running properly. I know these steps may not be necessary for all. I’ve tested it also on my colleague’s less polluted Mac and everything worked out of the box 😉
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HTML5 for App Developers: PhoneGap Build

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Below you can find a short video tutorial on how to quickly get up and running with the PhoneGap Build service. PhoneGap Build allows you to compile and package your PhoneGap/Cordova apps for different platforms using an online service. This is especially useful when you are doing iOS development and you don’t have access to a Mac machine and Xcode. The same thing also applies if you would want to publish your app to Windows Phone devices and you are not a PC gal or guy 😉
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Intro to BackStack a Backbone.js views navigation library

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Recently I’ve been working on several projects using PhoneGap/Cordova. These projects had a common requirement, and that was to have a custom UI look while preserving the interactions and feel that are common to mobile devices. Because of the custom UI look requirement I didn’t want to use any of the available mobile UI frameworks like jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch, or jQTouch. Of course, those frameworks are really great and can save you ton of work, but at the same time they come with their own look-and-feel that often can be hard to re-skin to achieve what the app designer has proposed. That is why I decided to stick with pure HTML/CSS elements as much as possible and in some cases to build missing components from scratch. That is how BackStack came to life. In few simple words BackStack is an extension for Backbone.js that allows you to navigate between app views with nice mobile-style slide transitions, fade transitions, and no-effect transitions.
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