Posts Tagged ‘android’

* Nitobi Hack Day

Posted on February 6th, 2009 by Dave Johnson. Filed under Business, Nitobi, hackday.


Yes it’s that time of year again, time for another epic Nitobi hack day!

Sure maybe we won’t have Beck playing but we will have some crazy Internets hacking going on along with of course beer, xbox and foosball. There will be some sort of prize for the voted best hack of the day - in the past this has been some sort of IPod for the most part but also included software donated by Adobe amongst others.

Either way there is not much of a better way than a Nitobi hack day to spend a variably cloudy, winter Saturday in Vancity!

I am probably going to be taking my triple-A approach of Android, Arduino and AIR with a dash of web APIs and a smattering of PhoneGap.

Come by the Nitobi office (Suite 300) anytime after 10am tomorrow morning (Feb 7) and hack till 6 when we will do the voting and drinking!

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* BlackBerry PhoneGap RIP

Posted on January 25th, 2009 by Dave Johnson. Filed under mobile, phonegap.


I was probably the only one working on PhoneGap for BlackBerry and now there might not be anyone. I have officially given up my BlackBerry programming endeavours for the time being in favour of greener pastures in the form of a Google Android G1. The final straw was when I found that the BrowserContentManager, which is the class one can use in their own BlackBerry application to render HTML content, does not support the same APIs as the actual web browser on the phone! In version 4.6 of the BlackBerry OS they introduced a proper, and fairly decent, web browser (that is definitely *not* WebKit as so many people like to say) and yet the BrowserContentManager is stuck back in the OS 4.2 days. Not sure if the Storm (OS 4.7) has changed that or not, although the API of the normal browser in 4.7 is identical to 4.6 so I assume not and somone on the BlackBerry support forums corroborates my findings.

I am working on my first Android application today and will hopefully get some PhoneGap work in there too.

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