Installing and setting up Apache Cordova / Phonegap environment

Today, We will dive into world of hybrid mobile application development. Being a Web developer what are advancements in my career apart from learning HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and some arbitrary programming language. Mobile Application development is an answer.

Lets explore some history about Apache Cordova and Phonegap which forms basics of hybrid application development.

What is a Hybrid application?

Applications that uses standard web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform complaint development. These applications execute inside wrappers targeted platform. They access various device functions via standards-compliant API bindings.

Who can learn this?

  • An existing HTML/CSS/JavaScript developer who want to utilize their general skills to extend a web application to be packaged and distribute it as a mobile application on various platforms.
  • An existing mobile developer who wants to extend an application on more than one platform, keeping same code base.

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Font issue with Slimmity wordpress theme in IE9

Yesterday, I upgraded my browser to IE9 and quite liked the updates from Microsoft in IE9 they have done many good and major updates. I opened my own website in IE9 browser to check if the alignments are been properly or i need to spend any time on it.
I found that theme has been very well fitted in IE9 but i surprised to see that all titles of my posts and widgets in sidebar has been disappeared. They are using Cufon to display custom fonts. I searched regarding on internet but there is not much support.
Since have slight idea about Jquery in my couple of projects I doubted about it.
I downloaded latest Cufon Jquery from their official website. Took backup of current Cufon jquery and uploaded this new one and magic works.
Hope it would help other Slimmity users across globe.

Strategies to Build Website using WordPress

Websites trend:

People are now-a-days more keen to have their blogs and personal websites to share what they want with different colorful pictures describing their stories at their best. Nevertheless, they also want to share them on their favorite social networks like Facebook and Twitter. It is an implausible way which could help your online content to get shared with hundred of thousands of other websites. You can also have your content pasted on different communal media online websites to get utmost publicity. Now-a-days different widgets are seen shared by the people on their blogs and private websites yet to be made public. Actually, the pasting of social sharing clicks, links and information sources provide you a much simpler way to share what you want to.

Website building using Word Press:

If you concentrate in a sure imaginative place or knowledge then why aren’t you giving out it to the world? You should do that if you have some great innovative ideas or have some nice technical or aesthetic knowledge. This would help you to earn more money and also to build up your status in your area of expertise. If you are no thinking that how come you can share your innovative ideas and knowledge with other peoples than the answer would be simple that is creating niche websites.

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WordPress 3.2.1 and Slimmity simplefolio theme

Today, I happened to upgrade my website from version 3.0 to latest version by using wordpress’s Auto upgrade procedure. I have clicked on auto upgrade and it went quite well. The site was functioning very smoothly. Suddenly i got an email from one of my reader’s that the home page slider is broken also there are some more issues.

I had various doubts but did not thought of wordpress upgrade would have caused this. I have turned off some plugins to check if there is any conflicts happening. I tried de-registering wordpress JQuery but the problem remains. Then i looked into some php files of the theme.

I checked the file named “template-home.php” and went to the part of it where it was fetching data from database. Finally came to know that WordPress has some changes in their data fetching system to which i need to match my theme.

I have modified my theme like this to match the upgraded wordpress,

  1. Open “template-home.php” in any of your favorite editor.
  2. Look for the following lines
    $category = get_option('sf_portfolio_category');
  3. Change it to
    $category = sf_get_category_id(get_option('sf_portfolio_category'));
  4. Look for the following lines
    $my_query = new WP_Query('showposts='.$slide_count.'&category_name='.$category);
  5. Change it to
    $my_query = new WP_Query('showposts='.$slide_count.'&cat='.$category);

The slider is back on its feet and rolling like before. Hope some of these research would help some theme users out there.

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