Using jQuery Mobile for Responsive Design

The following video explains how you can use jQuery Mobile to create responsive design experiences.

You can download the supporting files for this video here.

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Removing the Status Bar from PhoneGap iOS Apps

A big problem for PhoneGap apps, since the release of iOS 7, is hiding the Status Bar across the top of your app. In this tutorial you will learn how you can hide the Status Bar in Xcode 5.

The Property to hide the status bar is: View controller-based status bar appearance

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Creating your first Android App using PhoneGap / Cordova

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an Android app using HTML and Adobe’s PhoneGap (also known as Apache Cordova):

Run into weird problems? Check out this link for help:

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Creating iOS Apps using PhoneGap / Cordova

Leverage your HTML skills to build native apps with Adobe’s PhoneGap (also known as Apache Cordova). The following video explains all you need to know:

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Working with Adobe’s PhoneGap Developer App for iOS and Android

The following video explains how to use the new PhoneGap Developer app to rapidly prototype solutions you are developing for iOS and Android:

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Getting Started with jQuery Mobile

The following video explains how to get started with jQuery Mobile:

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VIDEO – Managing jQuery Mobile Themes

The following video takes you through the steps of managing themes for jQuery Mobile:


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Getting Started with iTunes Connect

Apple’s iTunes Connect is not an easy service to master. The following video will take you through the steps you need to follow to ensure that your apps are correctly submitted to Apple for sale on the iTunes App Store.

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[VIDEO] How to use Google’s Developer Console to Publish Android Apps

Google’s Developer Console is the tool you will use to publish your apps to the Google Play Android App Store. The following video will help you get started:

Here are the image files I mention in the video:

Google Play 7-inch 600x1024 Preview Image for the Developer Console

Google Play 7-inch 600×1024 Preview Image for the Developer Console

Google Play 10-inch 1280x800 Preview Image for the developer console

Google Play 10-inch 1280×800 Preview Image for the developer console

1024x500 Feature Image

1024×500 Feature Image

512x512 High Resolution Image

512×512 High Resolution Image

480x800 Phone Preview Image

480×800 Phone Preview Image

180x120 Promotion Image

180×120 Promotion Image

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Are you ready for Behavior Driven Design?

Behavior Drives When We Use Devices
Behavior Drives When We Use Devices

Behavior Drives When We Use Devices

Should behavior change how we develop the digital tools we use everyday. Consider the following, my typical day:

This morning my phone woke me up. I reached over and turned off the alarm (it plays the Mission Impossible Theme song – setting the alarm seems so funny each night, but not so much in the morning). I glanced at the notifications. Lots. Shit. My brain is now thinking and I better get up. Twenty minutes later I am in the car. My phone is playing my favorite radio station from London (I’m a Brit living in the USA, but I got to have my UK radio stations). I get to work, power up my laptop and tackle Excel and PowerPoint – Xcode I have my eyes on you, too! Noon comes. Meet some friends to grab a bite to eat and watch highlights from the World Cup on James’ tablet sized phone (seriously, you make calls with that thing??). Back to work, to my number crunching and off home. That evening I sit in from of the TV. My wife is sitting next to me with her tablet. I go to bed and set Mission Impossible for my alarm – that will be hilarious in the morning!

Sound like a familiar routine? Maybe you do not have the Mission Impossible ring tone waking you up, but you do use multiple devices throughout the day. The cost of a phone and tablet is now so low that the key barrier to entry– namely, PRICE – is effectively gone. The PC maybe not so much, so we let the company buy it. Problem solved. What we have, today, is a collection of different devices – phones, phablets, tablets, laptops – that we juggle our email and work around.

To this end, I believe we need to determine behavior before a single line of code or your draw a wire frame. Behavior is now King.

The above chart shows how we typically use different devices. Form factor, portability and screen size all play parts into why we choose to use different devices at different times.

Today, we have three main devices – phone, tablet, PC – but the signs are clear that we will have many more devices. Add to the list: smart car, smart TV, smart watches, smart house, smart health devices, smart…. You get the picture. One app will NOT work successfully across all devices.

Behavior is now the key metric. Think about the apps you use today. How will they change as the tools you use each day adapt to your behavior? Take my daily routine, these are the changes I expect to see:

  • My Android watch alarm wakes me up
  • My iCar has an app for my favorite radio station
  • My Laptop crunches Excel
  • A phablet sized phone to watch video with friends
  • I use my phone during the day to catch up on email and news
  • My watch tells me when to get to the next meeting
  • At home, my TV is linked to my wife’s tablet to send extra information about the show we are watching

We are surrounding ourselves with different screens that have different tasks. All are computers. All will be cheap. Get ready for behavior driven design.

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