Repurposing PhoneGap Apps as Desktop Apps

I was inspired to write this post by several recent conversations.  I was in a debate about whether with the Flex/Flash platform you could easily repurpose content to the desktop using Adobe AIR (and vice-versa), but that you couldn’t easily do that with PhoneGap applications. (My stance was that yes, you could repurpose content.) I […]

“What is PhoneGap?” & Other Common Questions

While looking at the analytics for my blog, I’ve recently started to see a lot of search phrases similar to “what is phonegap?”, “how does a phonegap app look?”, “how to get started in phonegap?”, among many, many others.   In this post, I hope to shed some light on some basic questions to help […]

Stage3D & Flex Demo w/ Source

Back in the summer, I was lucky enough to get my hands on some early builds of Stage3D for mobile. I built some simple examples, including basic geometric shapes and simple 3D bubble charts inside of mobile Flex/AIR applications. I have been asked numerous times for the source code, and I’ve finally given in, and […]

Low Latency & Polyphonic Audio in PhoneGap

UPDATE 10/07/2013: This plugin has been updated to support PhoneGap 3.0 method signatures and command line interface.  You can access the latest at: If you have ever tried to develop any kind of application using HTML5 audio that is widely supported, then you have likely pulled all the hair from your head. In its current […]

Mobile Web & PhoneGap HTML Dev Tips

Recently I’ve been spending a fair amount of time working on HTML-based applications – both mobile web and mobile applications using PhoneGap.   Regardless of whether you are targeting a mobile web browser or a mobile app using the PhoneGap container, you are still targeting a mobile web browser instance.  If you haven’t noticed, mobile […]

Multi-Screen iOS Apps with PhoneGap

Did you know that apps built on top of iOS can have a multi-screen workflow? For example in Keynote, you can have an external screen show a presentation while you control it on your iOS device. In the Jimi Hendrix app, you can view the audio player on an external screen, and in Real Racing HD, you […]

Sketching with HTML5 Canvas and “Brush Images”

In a previous post on capturing user signatures in mobile applications, I explored how you capture user input from mouse or touch events and visualize that in a HTML5 Canvas.  Inspired by activities with my daughter, I decided to take this signature capture component and make it a bit more fun & exciting.   My daughter […]

Interesting App Store Statistics

Here are some interesting and quite surprising statistics for the US Census Browser HTML/PhoneGap showcase application that I released in December, which I wanted to share. The app is a browser for US Census data, full detail available here: The Census Browser application was intended as a showcase app for enterprise-class data visualization in […]

Introducing the US Census Browser Application

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a new project I’ve been working on to showcase enterprise-class data visualization in HTML-based applications.   The US Census Browser is an open source application for browsing data from the 2010 US Census. The app is completely written using HTML and JavaScript, even for the […]