Phone Gap and orientation resizing

Phonegap-LogoMy little application was put on hold for awhile for testing, feedback etc. and in that time PhoneGap released a bunch of new versions. So today I updated to version 2.2.0. It was quite different to 1.9 that I had been using so took a bit of re-jigging to get back to running state again.

I’d previously had it working well but just before I sent for submission I realised my orientation resizing was broken. I could start in an orientation and it’d look great but if i started in portrait and moved to landscape i’d get big black areas or if i started in landscape i’d lose 1/2 my menu. Oddly, this was just supposed to work and after much head-scratching this is what I changed:

This is the default meta tag I got from phonegap:

<meta name="viewport" content="user-scalable=no, initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1, minimum-scale=1, width=device-width, height=device-height, target-densitydpi=device-dpi" />

and this is what I changed it to after reading a bunch of other posts, comments and trial and error:

<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, minimum-scale=1.0,  maximum-scale=1.0"/>

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DDD Brisbane – 1 December at QUT

dddbrisbaneAfter a sell-out conference last year, DDD Brisbane is back! This year we’ve got more space and more swag and of course more content for DDD Brisbane 2012.

We’ve got a great agenda this year with special guess speakers borrowed from YOW: Erik Meijer and Brian Beckman


Held on December 1 at QUT Gardens Point campus, for $25 (discouts available for students) you get a full day of sessions, lunch and a great place to learn and network.

Tickets can be purchases here.


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Windows 8 Workshop Roundup


On the 14th November we held our Windows 8 Kickstart Workshop at the Edge. I’d been to the edge on a few other occasions but have never been into this particular lab before.  It was a great room that meant the attendees could easily look at me talking away at either end of the room but the setup also encouraged them to chat to each other.

We had a fair mix of people each with a completely different app idea. I think this is the first time I haven’t seen any overlap! It was a good group size – not too small yet small enough I could spend time with people who had questions etc.


I brought along all my shiny toys. I had my laptop, my build slate and my shiny new surface. The surface proved popular with most people wanting to get a bit hands on with the new device. The room had a big Sony TV which meant I was able to plug in the devices and show features off in full HD.


The last part of the day interested attendees pitched their app idea for a chance to win a xbox/kinect bundle. It was great to see some great pitches with awesome gestures that made me feel like I was using their app. Andrew (pictured above) took out the prize with his app idea that he has a working prototype for. Andrew is a student and I really hope to see his app idea entered in the 2013 Imagine Cup!

Thanks to Emily and the staff at the Edge for having us for the day and of course to the attendees that made it a fun day for me also.


Windows 8 App Workshop -National Telework Week

We’ve been invited to run a free full day Windows 8 App workshop at The Edge as part of the National Telework Week celebrations.


In this workshop Bronwen will introduce you to the world of Windows 8 RT apps. The workshop is intended to give you a kick-start when it comes to planning and building your app on Windows 8.

The day will be divided into sections based on a concept which will contain a presentation giving an overview of the area, Hands-On-Labs related to the section, and workbook activities for participants to plan out parts of their app.

The day will cover a range of topics including – orientation, navigation, hierarchy of an application, search, share, app bars and live tiles.

What you need to bring:

  • Pen
  • Laptop
  • Copy (soft or hard) of the following Hands On Labs. Note: You can do these in either C#/Xaml or HTML/Javascript

What software you’ll need:

  • Windows 8
  • Visual Studio 2012 (full or express) – trials can be downloaded here.
  • Calisto – available as a Nuget package

When: 10-5pm November 14, 2012

Where: The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Southbank

Cost: Free

Registration/Expression of Interest here


This is the full day version of last month’s Kickstarter held at Microsoft.