I'm a user focused mobile developer, here is where I publish advice and thoughts on building great mobile apps

Native vs Web with PhoneGap – which to use

Update Dec 2014 – This article is historical, and requires an update to take into account the vastly improved performance of devices since 2011. Cordova is certainly valid solution from a performance perspective, assuming optimisation best practices are followed (another post to come). My points about not emulating native components still stand, mostly for ease of cross platform…

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Full Frontal Conference 2011 review

Last Friday I attended Full Frontal 2011, which turned out to be the best conference I’ve attended so far.  Some rights reserved by Remy Sharp For the first time in 5 years of conference going I had no complaints whatsoever. I am often irritated by excessive promotion of products by sponsors, talks which are really little more…

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The developer’s manifesto

The developers manifesto I’ve created here are a set of coding guidelines that me and the development team I work with believe will lead to high quality, easily readable code. Code written not for you to read, but for someone else to read. It is the result of several weeks of meetings, reading a number…

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Gumbo

Moving away from code for a change, this weekend I’ll be making Gumbo, a classic New Orleans dish. I found a recipe in Jamie’s America, but I also wanted to do some research into what makes a classic Gumbo. Essentials The holy trinity – bell peppers, celery & onion Thickener There are 3 types of…

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The Mobile context

The mobile context is being discussed a great deal at the moment in regards to mobile web. What does it mean? How can we use it? How can we make assumptions about the context a user is in, based on their device? To give a few examples of assumed mobile contexts, and ways sites might…

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How to learn any mobile development platform

I’m about to learn yet another new mobile development platform. See if you can guess which one from my latest posts… I’ve learned a few languages over the years, and since moving to mobile I’ve realised there is a standard approach that can be applied to learning any mobile platform. Unlike desktop or web technologies,…

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The Oscars Project

Something a little different today. I wanted to let you know about a new blog I’ve started, The Oscars Project, where I’m watching and reviewing all the best picture winners. For a while now I’ve decided I haven’t seen enough older films from the last 100 years, and so to give my plan to see…

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2010 in a nutshell

Its that time of year where I like to look back and summarise what I’ve done, ready for the new years plans. So in 2010… I lead development for Ribot on the Tesco Grocery App for Nokia which allows customers to shop from their phones, released back in the summer. I had 2 articles published…

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