Animating Interfaces with Core Animation: Part 1

One of the greatest things about the iOS platform and applications people see on it is its beauty. Smooth gradients, consistent transitions, and animations that illustrate the transition of UI elements from one state to another. Animations are more than flashy eye-candy; they tell the user what's happening. If an element is being deleted, instead … Continue reading Animating Interfaces with Core Animation: Part 1

Telling your user that a PhoneGap application is busy

Plenty of times in applications, especially on mobile devices, you just need to tell your users to hold their horses and wait while your application processes something in the background.  Maybe you need to query some data from a remote server, save a file to disk, or maybe you just need to do some number … Continue reading Telling your user that a PhoneGap application is busy

How to use the native Alert dialog in PhoneGap

An important part to any application is issuing a simple alert to your user. Whether it's to tell them about an error that just occurred, or if you need to ask them a simple question, giving a message to your user is about the most basic part of any app. Sadly, when you try to … Continue reading How to use the native Alert dialog in PhoneGap

How to use the ActionSheet in PhoneGap

The ActionSheet is a handy control on the iPhone, and is a very intuitive way of getting a multiple-choice answer from a user in a modal but unobtrusive way. Using it in PhoneGap makes interacting with your user easy, while keeping the display responsive. And as an added bonus, you don't need to update any … Continue reading How to use the ActionSheet in PhoneGap