Monthly Archives: November 2011

Platform Agnostic and Current Friendly

One of the great promises of HTML5 with CSS3 and Javascript is that eventually, after much wrangling & negotiation, one will be able to write apps that can work across many devices regardless of platform and ecosystem. In the meantime, while we are waiting for HTML5 to have access to the contacts or camera on the mobile you could be possibly carrying, we can use future friendly practices to develop and design flexible web sites and apps.
Until the future web accessible world arrives, from a pragmatic standpoint, many of us if we want to access contacts, or the camera, or a variety of other APIs and features on our mobile devices, we find ourselves delving into hybrid native-web mobile worlds or diving into native mobile apps be it through a SDK or PhoneGap or the like.
Thomas Perl in a post-Nokia World 2011 blog post, Comparing Mobile OS SDK availability by platform, builds an argument for a very salient point for folks who are currently developing for native mobile apps:

“Now, people can argue that one can set up dual-boot or virtual machines to support all OSes, but that’s not the point. The point is that if the SDK is available on all Desktop platforms (note that this is not the same as SDK targetting all mobile platforms), developers can retain their choice of Desktop OS on which they develop on, and are not forced to use OS X or Windows for development of apps for the corresponding mobile platform (I also understand the reason why these companies only provide the SDK for their own Desktop platform, but that is not a good reason from a developer’s point of view).”

I agree with Mr. Perl. I don’t want to be told which desktop platform I must use so that I can develop for a certain mobile. I find working in virtual box to be tedious after a short span of time. I would like the system I develop for to respect me enough to let me to make the choice about what desktop/laptop OS I prefer to use.
Bravo to Android, Qt, and PhoneGap.

Happy 8th Birthday to Scruffy!

Scruffy McDoglet

Mon 11.07.11 – Eight years ago today, somewhere in North Carolina, Scruffy McDoglet was born as the runt of a litter maltese puppies. He has turned out to be a great dog.
Photo of Scruffy McDoglet taken by Ms. Jen two days ago with her Nokia N8.

Happy Birthday to Kimm!

Happy 50th Birthday to Kimm Gardener!
Sat 11.05.11 – Tonight I went to the Park Ave Restaurant in Stanton for long time good and faithful friend Kimm Gardener’s 50th birthday. It was really a lovely evening and many thanks to Kimm and Kelli Gardener for a great party.
More photos tomorrow when I am not tired, I promise.

The Annual Creation of the Seal Beach Winter Storm Berm

Looking SE from the Seal Beach pier Earthmovers moving sand into place Looking NW of the pier

Fri 11.04.11 – The annual construction of the winter storm berm began two days ago but really started to take shape this morning. I took photos of the progress when there was a break in the rain clouds about 9:30am or thereabouts.
All photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia N8.

Nokia N9 / N950 Tips and Tricks, Part II : Blogs & Podcasts

I have been compiling a list of links for how to use, design, and develop for the Nokia N9 / N950, yesterday was links to tips & tricks for the User, Designers and Developers. Today is all the great and very valuable blogs and podcasts that I have found to be a font of information on the Nokia N9/N950, Harmattan, creating N9 apps in Qt.
If you know of other good Nokia N9/N950 designer, developer, and Qt blogs out there, let us know in the comment section.
Nokia N9 & Qt Blogs, Forums and Podcasts:
Nokia N9 Developer Blog
http://www.developer.nokia.com/Community/Blogs/blog/n9-developer
This Week in Qt Podcast
http://www.ics.com/learning/podcasts/
Blogasdf
http://juhaturunen.com/blog/
Cutehacks
http://cutehacks.com/
Ed Page (Python, Harmattan & Qt…)
http://eopage.blogspot.com/
fiferboy’s developing
http://fiferboy.blogspot.com/
flors
http://flors.wordpress.com/
KDE Pinheiro (Designer who works with Qt)
http://pinheiro-kde.blogspot.com/
Meego Handset Forum
http://forum.meego.com/
Meego Aggregator
https://meego.com/aggregator
My Meego
http://my-meego.com/
Nokia Developer News
http://www.developer.nokia.com/Community/Blogs/blog/nokia-developer-news
PySnippet (more Python & Qt!)
http://pysnippet.blogspot.com/
Qt Labs Blog
http://labs.qt.nokia.com/
Qt, Maemo and some other stuff
http://kunalmaemo.blogspot.com/
Qt / MeeGo Mobile Apps Development
http://qt-mobility.blogspot.com/
qtsource
http://qtsource.wordpress.com/
The MicroNokia Developer
http://micronokiadev.wordpress.com/
thp on Maemo
http://thpmaemo.blogspot.com/