Best part of CodepaLOUsa so far… sitting next to Douglas Crockford at dinner tonight. Occasionally I’m the lucky one. (Hope I didn’t bore him too much)
Anyway – having a fun time at CodepaLOUsa and hope all other attendees are too.
Last night I started playing with `meteor –release 0.9.2-rc1` which you can read about and play with too; check it out here:
The local development and hot-code-push is a great improvement over any other solution I’ve been using. Builds were painless (mostly).
Most of my stumbling points were due to 9x, not the new Cordova stuff.
A few interesting details…
Cordova gets built here:
$ ll -a .
Lots of us have to trace down odd bugs and test things on different browsers and OS combinations… Of course, the worst of which is “various versions of IE” on “various versions of Windows”. It seems crazy, but the same version of IE can behave differently on a different version of Windows.
The two best solutions I’ve used are:
http://www.modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools [free, vm locally]
http://www.browserstack.com/ [costs, web based]
I just got assigned a crappy bug ticket on IE8 + WinXP and had to dust this off again… thought I’d send out a post, see if it helps others and triggers a discussion which might help me out too.
This advice might be aimed at people who already consider themselves developers, but there’s a nugget in there that’s perfect for anyone who is interested in getting started…
Pick some open-source project, probably a smaller one, that does something you’re interested in. Maybe it’s something you tried out and used. Maybe it’s something you tried out and it didn’t work out. Maybe it’s something you looked at and didn’t understand.
UPDATE: see meteor-core-cordova-support-alpha-release-is-out (2014-08-25) for new information
About Meteor and PhoneGap / Cordova Meteor is a rapid server/client development framework, written in JS – makes very interactive apps easy to build. http://meteor.com
PhoneGap / Cordova is a project to allow developers to use HTML, CSS, and JS to build mobile apps for all major devices. http://phonegap.com
Basics of Integrating Meteor + PhoneGap / Cordova The basic idea here is to use PhoneGap / Cordova to create a mobile App on several different platforms at once and it gives device hardware access; then “load” your Meteor application, which handles all of the rest of whatever you want your app to do.