I recently wrote my first article for Mashable: 10 Things to Plan for When Developing a Mobile App.
In this initial post, I took a bit of business / marketing look at the process for starting a mobile app project. If you are someone who was recently tasked with managing a mobile project, I encourage you to check out these steps. Hopefully you can avoid some of the pitfalls that most organizations fall into.
I’ve spent the last few weeks working with Sencha Touch 2 alongside my traditional iOS development. I’ll have a lot to share coming up about Sencha Touch, but that will be in separate blog posts. I did notice however, that there were some ways that developers could become more productive when working with SDK. This led to the creation of a new open source project: ST2 Power Tools.
One of the biggest barriers to entry for Sencha Touch 2 development is the configuration that has to be done for each new project. Once you’ve mastered the process, it seems easy, but there is certainly some work involved. With each new project, you need to add in the boilerplate files, configure compass and sass for your stylesheets, ensure that you have the path correct to the SDK, and ensure that your webserver has access to both your project and the SDK files. In this demo, I will create a complete Sencha Touch 2 application in 5 minutes - and demonstrate the power of the new open source project: ST2 Power Tools.
There are a few steps that need to be completed before starting serious Sencha Touch 2 development. In this tutorial, I’ll highlight these items and walk you through step by step on completing them. In addition to explaining the steps, I also provide a screencast that takes you through each item step by step.
Mastering an IDE is one of the most important tasks a developer can do as it will pay big dividends with the time it saves. One of the most powerful features of JetBrains WebStorm / PHPStorm is Live Templates (this feature is actually in all of the JetBrains IDE’s including IntelliJ, AppCode, etc…). In this introductory video, I will walk you through how to utilize this powerful feature.