MonthFebruary 2015

Theme PhoneGap and Cordova for Android Lolipop

I have posted about theming Cordova / PhoneGap to look like native Android before but at the time Android Lolipop and the Material design were not out.

Since then the world of Android has changed a lot. Google has created a new UI design which developers are using to design their applications. It’s nice looking, elegant, and simple.

But I’m not a great mobile developer. I can make Android do pretty much whatever I want, but it takes me substantially longer to write an Android application than it does for me to write a web application. Because of that I like to rapidly prototype my applications in Cordova first and sometimes keep them in Cordova because of the ability to have one codebase that covers multiple platforms.

But web applications always tend to look like web applications and not native.

That is what Materialize is trying to change, and doing a damn good job at.

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How to Survive a Month with 3 Jobs

Money is obviously a factor but the lack of sleep quickly outweighs that.

Several friends and people online asked why I haven’t posted any articles in over two months, when I was going to be, and why I haven’t returned their calls or Facebook invites to dinner.

The reason: in December I had three jobs.

And not just three part time, burger flipping jobs, three full time, complex, and time consuming programming jobs.

I was teaching client side and server side JavaScript at Full Sail University, working as a lead architect on a multimillion dollar medical records project for the government, and consulting with a very fun and successful startup called NeoReach.

Here is what I learned.

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