Category Archives: app

How to setup a PhoneGap 3.4 App in 5 min

As of about a year ago I switched over from native development to almost exclusively PhoneGap. It makes development faster, easier, and more fun. This article outlines how to create a fast and beautiful PhoneGap 3.4 app in 5 min. The steps should be the same for other 3.X versions of PhoneGap. You can also use […]

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Should You build Phonegap or Native?

Most start-ups and independent developers run into the same question: Should I use PhoneGap or native to develop my app? Short answer I chose PhoneGap and I’m happy with the results. PhoneGap used to be slow, but v3.0 , released mid 2013, is fast. On modern devices the performance is comparable to native. Final result, […]

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Steal My Idea: browse, submit, steal awesome ideas

I’m happy to announce Steal My Idea ( http://davidrs.com/stealmyidea/ ) has just launched! Steal My Ideas is an e-library of business and social enterprise ideas that are free for anyone to browse, submit, or steal. There are many brilliant ideas out there from people who don’t have the time or resources to implement them (Think about all the […]

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PhoneGap 3.0 Background Location Tracker

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Technologies: PhoneGap 3.0, JavaScript,(jQuery AJAX), PHP, MySQL Nick Breen and myself were recently contracted to build a cross-platform app as part of an awesome art piece for Ottawa’s upcoming evening art festival: Nuit Blanche. The artist was super awesome and agreed to let us open source the app we were contracted to make, I hope […]

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Twitter Voting Tool

I’ve built a tool to let you run Twitter voting at your event. Choose hashtags or keywords for each option Setup the app with your terms http://www.smewebsites.com/twittervotes/setup.php Make sure all columns in the chart are empty (this means no existing tweets) Let participants tweet at these keywords to vote. The webpage will automatically refresh itself every […]

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Random Hacks of Kindness Ottawa Part 2/2

Click here for Part 1 of RHOK Ottawa Our Project: GirlTank We spent the weekend working with a project called GirlTank: a community hub and crowdfunding platform designed to help women and girl changemakers grow and scale their daring social enterprises. I chose to work with GirlTank because Tara, the co-founder of GirlTank, was present […]

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Random Hacks of Kindness Ottawa Part 1 / 2

Random Hacks* of Kindness ( #RHOK www.rhok.org ) is a wonderful event where a bunch of socially minded developers and designers get together for a weekend and build awesome software to try and make the world a better place. Last weekend I had the good fortune of being able to participate in the Ottawa RHOK event, along […]

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App Beta: Ottawa’s Heart – Saving lives with a map

Last month I posted about a new project I’m starting in an effort to crowdsource the mapping and annotation of all the defibrillators in Ottawa. Defibrillators are small electronic devices used to restart hearts after a sudden cardiac arrest, and are awesome because they’re everywhere, they’re easy to use, and they’re super effective: Some Facts […]

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New project: Ottawa AED mapper

Like any modern major city, Ottawa has recently gotten into the Open Data game. Releasing a myriad of content from skating rink locations to annual budgets (Full list of Ottawa Open Data here). One piece of data really caught my eye was the list of Public Access Defibrillator Sites. Problem For sudden cardiac arrests chance of […]

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video: ‘Get Home Safe’ for Amnesty International

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Last year open IDEO published a challenge in partnership with Amnesty International asking how they can keep track of political dissidents that they fear might disappear. This problem was an interesting challenge and lead me to design ‘Get Home Safe’, an app that not only helps keep activists overseas safe, but also offers peace of mind […]

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