I wanted to write such a letter long time ago and did not have the time until I actually had to write down some general guidelines for a project so I decided to copy here the email I sent to a real designer I had the chance to meet (removing any reference to real projects we worked on). Here it is, guidelines for a better programmer-designer relationship.
This will probably be the last blog post for 2012 and I don’t want to end this year and begin another one without sending an invitation to all Titanium Appcelerators DeveLovers out there to come and meet each other at TiConf 2013.
Let’s meet next February 23th in Valencia (Spain), have a drink and chat about Titanium, NodeJs, SQL Lite, your latest Android phone, the latest SDK available or the last night’s tapas tour. Whatever makes you happy, just come – spring in Valencia is awesome and there will also be plenty of time to tour the city and its bars too.
The presentation is in Spanish and I am also attaching the slides, just in case.
The slides of the presentation
I have to admit that when I like the design of a website I check its CSS and HTML to see the code hoping to learn something new. I’m horrible at design and I cannot make a box even if I have it in front of me for 24 hours non stop but I love all kinds of tricks to make the content more appealing: rounded boxes, sexy quote marks, bubbles, everything.
What is really weird is that all these fancy design elements are usually cut as images and put as background-image for some DIV while the vast majority of them can be recreated with CSS. I admit, not all of them are simple but some do and today I’ll show you my latest experiment. I love a certain kind of box and I’m trying to make it using CSS3 only. After a little prayer to the CSS3 God let’s start.
If you’re not a patient person skip all this and go directly to the test page.
Today I will try to talk about my experience as a freelancer that uses Titanium for all his mobile projects and how to build your career around the community.
I was watching the other day the talk that Lea Verou gave at Fronteers 2011 when she just proved that I don’t know CSS3 at all.
One thing caught my attention: CSS3 patterns. Making some of my own was the next step. It’s a great way of learning the specs a bit better cause I must confess I never read them properly and never bothered with the small details.
After Appcelerator launched the Marketplace I managed to create and post an iOs only module that is able to create QR codes directly on the device without using an online service.
It can generate all types of codes (from 1 to 40) and with any level of correction (L, M, Q, H). You can also customize the size of the resulting QR code and it will try to adapt itself to this size to remain perfectly sharp and fully visible.
Most of the devices nowadays are equipped with an accelerometer that detect the orientation of the device or the movements the user is doing with it.
Titanium exposes this functionality through its APIs so let’s take advantage of that
Recently I became a Titanium Certified Application Developer (TCAD) and I was thinking on giving some insights on the exam for those who want to take it.