Helpful PhoneGap Resources

I recently had the pleasure of attending a PhoneGap training event held by the RocknCoder in Burbank, CA. Since I’ve already published several iPhone and Android apps for PhoneGap, I was expecting to go deeper into the framework. Below are some useful things I learned:

  • JQuery Mobile does not do smooth scrolling very well. iScroll solves that problem using CSS transforms.
  • Apache Ripple is a web based mobile emulator.
  • You can use a custom build Android VM to replace the sluggish emulator.
  • Handlebars looks like a better templating engine than Knockout, especially when working on single page applications. Combine Handlebars with Backbone for routing and binding your view model to a model retrieve from  a RESTful web sevice.
  • MAMP is a great alternative LAMP server for OSX.

What I Learned This Week

Doing a reverse phone lookup is very easy these days. This is perfect for stalking unknown phone callers. Some of the lookups require a purchase to Intellius, which is worth the price for the amount of information you get for a person.

When writing eForms, it’s important to use the W3C validator to validate them. In addition, it may be beneficial to run any input received from an eForm through a purifier to eliminate any security risks.

PHP and do RESTful web services! I recently wrote a decent web service in PHP using the Slim Framework. One of the benefits of using PHP over Ruby on Rails, is that the time to configure and deploy a working PHP server is very “slim” and even free with Amazon’s AWS free usage tier.

If you are doing PhoneGap development, check some awesome tutorials on GitHub.


What I Learned This week

Personal Development

Productive learning solutions has some great personal development workshops in San Juan Capistrano. In one of their Thursday night sessions, I recalled that your personal “why” or reason for pursuing goals does not have to be a single all encompassing reason. Often, it can be overwhelming just to think of one. Your “why”, as to why you are doing something can be decent, “good enough” and sound. It’s more important that you eliminate resistance and soften the load during hard times, rather than define a very large purpose. This will make it easier going through the hard times when you question your why. It’s more important that you have logical reasons that reduce the “lag” or “weight” of the pressure of your goals. The key is increasing awareness (consciousness) is to be more aware of opportunities as you expect them. Focus on enlarging your awareness such that you are open to seeing new opportunities. Perhaps through mindfulness meditation, this can be accomplished.

Software & Programming

iText is an open source and commercial PDF library. You can view videos on the iText Summit here: These are great to watch if you work with PDFs.

Great quote on writing emails:

“This means our voice, and the voice of our companies, are often going to be discovered and engaged with via the copy of our services, the content of our social media channels and the clarity of our emails…Writing can be intimidating, even challenging. But I believe it will be an increasingly important medium for getting work done and convincing others of our ideas. Steve [Jobs] was a master of the medium and I’m glad we’ve gotten a small peek into how he used it.”” (

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