MonthAugust 2014

Theme PhoneGap and Cordova for Android

Cordova is a great platform for building native feeling mobile applications on Android and iOS with web technology like HTML, CSS,
and JavaScript. But what about the getting the native look out of these applications?

Obviously you have to use or write a CSS library which include all the UI components from the Android system and styles the appropriately.

Luckily developers have already created these types of frameworks and today I’m going to explore two of them for making web and Cordova applications look like native Android applications.

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Microsoft has Actually Made a Great Product, TypeScript

I’m fairly vocal about my opinion of Microsoft products. They have never made a single that is better than the competition, except maybe C#, but only maybe.

IE vs Safari vs Opera vs Chrome vs Firefox: Chrome or Firefox win

Office vs iWork vs LibreOffice = iWork wins

Windows vs OS X vs Linux = Linux wins with OS X a close second

However, they have finally made a product that is I would use over the competition, and most developers I talk to agree.

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DuckDuckGo Impressions After a Month

I had always been curious about DuckDuckGo and played around with it a few times in the past, but in May of this year DuckDuckGo released a new interface and a ton of new features. On July 9th I decided to give it a try and use DuckDuckGo as my primary search engine.

Here are my thoughts after using DuckDuckGo as my primary search engine for a month, both good and bad.

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Agnostic Data Binding with Rivets.js

For a long time I’ve been against the idea of data-binding. Like many people I started using it with Flex, then used it with AngularJS, and Knockout.

I’ve been opposed to using data-binding for a long time, until recently when I found a data-binding library that makes data-binding optional, easy to write, and framework agnostic.

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