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30
May 2015

Gavin Pickin

Cordova Hooks - Deeper Dive into my Environment Setup Hook Written in NodeJS

Android, Cordova / Phonegap, Dev.Objective, Ionic, IOS, Mobile Development, Node.js

After my session about Dev.Objective() called “Getting your Hooks into Cordova - Workflows and Build Helpers”, I decided I should do a deep dive into each of my Hooks I discussed in my presentation, and today we’ll look at my Environment Setup Hook.

27
May 2015

Gavin Pickin

Post Conference - Session Review - Getting your hooks into Cordova- Workflows and Build Helpers

Android, cfObjective, Cordova / Phonegap, Dev.Objective, Ionic, Javascript, Mobile Development, Node.js, Unit Testing

May 15th, 2015 was the last day of dev.Objective(), and the last session of the day had some great topics, “Devops: journeyman to infrastructure mastery”, ‘Marketing for Developers’, ‘Level Up your Javascript: Understanding the confusing bits’, ‘Web sockets, yes they can do that too', and my session, ‘Getting your Hooks into Cordova - Workflows and Build Helpers'. With mobile and hybrid development really growing into a track of its own, I decided to submit this topic, as I believe Cordova Hooks are a big part of Cordova mobile develop, they save me hours every week, and they are relatively unknown if you search for blog posts about them. When the session was accepted, I took that as a challenge to up my game and really research hooks, and make my presentation a complete resource.

26
May 2015

Gavin Pickin

A quirk of Cross Platform WebSQL in Hybrid Mobile Development for iOS Android and Windows

Android, Cordova / Phonegap, Ionic, Javascript, Mobile Development, Techie Gotchas, WebSQL

When is WebSQL not compatible across devices? This is really a quick question, as if you recall reading in previous blog posts ( if you haven’t read them, I urge you to ) I am using WebSQL for my hydrib mobile app development with Phonegap and Cordova… and although WebSQL is supported on Android and iOS, it is not natively supported on Windows Phones / Devices. That is where the lovely people at MS OpenTech come in, Microsofts Open Source company, which wrote a WebSQL wrapper for SQLite to allow you to work with SQLite like you would WebSQL. FANTASTIC, until you hit those issues… so lets look at a couple of them.

22
May 2015

Gavin Pickin

Strange offline issues with Mac Mail and Gmail over Imap

Techie Gotchas

This is a super short and sweet post, mainly a reminder for myself. Using a mac, I have moved over to using Mac Mail, and for the most part it behaves pretty well.Sometimes I have noticed that I lose my IMAP mail connection with Google. You know that GOOGLE and Gmail should not be down, so what is the problem?

21
May 2015

Gavin Pickin

dev.Objective() is over, returning back to normal life.

CFML Language, cfObjective, Conferences, Dev.Objective, Javascript, Mobile Development, Unit Testing

dev.Objective() conference held last week in Bloomington MN, with IntoTheBox the day prior, was a great geek week as I like to put it. Of course a conference is most importantly there to give you information to grow and learn, but networking is a close second, and it was great to catch up with friends, and make some new ones at the same time.I was lucky enough to be picked to present not one, but two sessions this time, which adds a weight to your shoulders, but is great to give back, and be on the other side of things.

20
March 2015

Gavin Pickin

ColdFusion JSON serialization failure - Unable to serialize binary data to JSON

CFML Language, CFML Server, Migrating to Railo, Techie Gotchas

Recently we finally migrated some big legacy websites off of some ColdFusion 8 servers. Yes, 8, we were still running one last server, and to be honest the only things running on it were BIG higher traffic websites, that we had not got the time to migrate. We have been migrating from Windows to Linux, and CF8 to CF9 and Railo / Lucee. Baby steps, but with our legacy code not having test coverage, it became a long painful process. You would think moving from ColdFusion 8 to 9 is a breeze, and for the most part it is, but I ran into a strange issue, which I am sharing today.

16
March 2015

Gavin Pickin

Speaking at Dev.Objective() x 2 - Cordova Hooks and Testable JavaScript

cfObjective, Conferences, Cordova / Phonegap, Dev.Objective, Javascript, Lucee, Mobile Development, Unit Testing

Dev.Objective() is the 10th year of cf.Objective() rebranded to describe the 5 track professional developer conference more accurately ( more info here).  Still hosting a large number of ColdFusion topics, and a lot of the normal speakers, the content again is simple amazing. Technology is changing and so is this conference, and I am happy to say, that not one, but two of my sessions have been picked for this years Dev.Objective() this May, 12-15th in Bloomington, Mn. 
As usual, my work fuels my blog, and my ideas for sessions, and this year is no different. Lately I have been focusing on Javascript with my Mobile Development, and I have come a long way, compiling knowledge as I go. I think both of these topics are great combinations of all the solid content out there, all in one place to get someone up and running quickly. I was surprised to get both accepted, more work than I was expecting, but I like a challenge, and work well under the gun, so its going to be fun knocking these out. If you are thinking about what conference to attend, you can’t do much better than this one.

11
March 2015

Gavin Pickin

Windows Store Metro App issues with jQuery Ember Angular - Solved

Angular, Javascript, jQuery, Mobile Development, Techie Gotchas

During my recent adventures with cross platform app development, I have come across a few issues,.. and solved them along the way. I had an old issue just reappear. Since the Windows Platform gives you Javascript API access to some lower level features, there are some additional security you have to deal with, one of those includes Adding Dynamic Content. This of course is a key part of jQuery, Ember, Angular and Knockout, so this by default will make developing apps for the windows store and windows devices troublesome. 
 

05
March 2015

Gavin Pickin

Did you turn it off and on again? Troubleshooting Gotchas with Cordova and WebSQL

Chit Chat, Mobile Development, Techie Gotchas, WebSQL

If you have not seen IT Crowd, you are missing out on some strange but funny geek culture... and one of the highlights of that show is the line, "Did you turn it off and on again". Sometimes with troubleshooting, the simple things can throw you off, and that happened with me recently, so I wanted to share my frustration. This might not be the most informative post, but hopefully it helps someone, so they don't shoot themselves, like I was tempted to do so.

03
March 2015

Gavin Pickin

Loading or Dumping Large Amounts of Data into WebSql - Options with Performance Numbers

Javascript, Mobile Development, WebSQL

Working with databases, there is going to be a time when you need to dump large amounts of data out of, or into your database. Dumping data out, has always been pretty easy, but what about inserts? We’ll look at a couple of solutions, and a couple of issues, and see what seems to be the best solution.

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