Cordova (Phonegap) first impression

I’ve recently found some time to have a play with Cordova (or Phonegap, if you prefer). Partially influenced by my recent purchase of a ZTE Open C, and my desire to experiment with FirefoxOS application development.

My first impressions are very positive, there wasn’t any discernible learning curve. It’s a very refreshing feeling being able to use my pre-existing front-end skills to build mobile applications. The one thing I have noticed, possibly just a lack of searching on my part, is that the plugins for dealing with standalone SQLite / Native storage integration (to bypass the 5mb database limit) seem to be a little lacking.

Other than that, I’ve been very impressed. I’ve got a few basic applications planned, which will let me get better acquainted with the technology and see how it behaves in a production scenario.

It’ll be interesting to see how this technology progresses in the future.

ZTE Open C (FirefoxOS)

I’ve wanted a device that runs FirefoxOS for as long as I can remember, I’m very intrigued about the whole ‘HTML5 based’ operating system. The specs of previous devices have been a little too lacklustre for me, but when I came across the ZTE Open C it was in my eyes a great spec for the low price of £69. So, I took the plunge and purchased one.

I could have just used the simulator, but I don’t think that would have been a fair comparison between it and my other devices.

I’m spending some time working with Cordova (Phonegap) at the moment, and will be releasing a few applications using it for FirefoxOS.


Fresh installs all around

After experiencing issues with both my phone (Nexus 4) and my Macbook (it was starting to get very sluggish), I decided to take some time over the weekend and do a fresh OS install on both devices.

Unfortunately, Android 4.4 hasn’t been released yet so it’s still only running 4.3, but it’s not as laggy as it was before the reset. I’m still getting the odd random crash, but it’s definitely a marked improvement over what it was.

Whilst I was performing a clean OS X install, I opted for Mavericks. There are a few features that would be very useful in my day to day use of the mac, so figured it was worth risking. I’ve heard lots of good things about it, so why not. I haven’t performed a fresh install since I got the Macbook, back in October 2012. So far, so good. First impressions are a slightly improved battery life. Definitely seems to last longer than it did before. The rest is a ‘time will tell’ scenario, but I can’t imagine it’ll be that bad.