Monthly Meeting - Web Design, UI & UX, Development, Mobile and more

Here is the agenda:

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 6:30pm

Location: Code Factory, 246 Queen St.


a) Presentation: PhoneGap Open Source

The PhoneGap open source mobile platform bridges the “gap” between Web and native technologies. It enables the development of mobile applications using the Web skills most organizations already have in-house. Build the application using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Access device features such as the address book, camera, accelerometer, file system and more via common JavaScript apis without having to learn a device specific language such as Objective-C or Java. Compile, test and distribute on up to 6 platforms; Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Palm, Symbian, and Windows Mobile. PhoneGap is completely open source under MIT license.

PhoneGap is built using a plugin architecture so you can include only the device features you need or add additional features as necessary. Wherever possible, the PhoneGap apis to access native features follow the specifications from the Device Independence working group at the W3C. Thus, PhoneGap is working to make itself obsolete! When the mobile browsers implement these device specifications, the PhoneGap bridge will no longer be necessary but PhoneGap applications will already implement the standard, W3C apis. In addition, PhoneGap works with JavaScript frameworks such as Sencha Touch, JQTouch, XUI and others. to provide a native UI look and feel for several platforms.

This presentation will explain the basics of PhoneGap development and then demonstrate building an running a native application on several platforms.

About the speaker:

Simon MacDonald is an Advisory Software Engineer in IBM’s Emerging Internet Technologies Group. Simon has over fifteen years of development experience and has worked on a variety of projects including object oriented databases, police communication systems, speech recognition and unified messaging. His current focus is contributing to the open source PhoneGap project to enable developers to create cross platform mobile applications using Web technologies. Simon’s been building web applications since the days they were written using shell scripts and he still has nightmares about those dark days.


b) Web developers and designers job board:


We will be launching a job board site. As being an organizer of the large community group, I often get contacted by employers and recruiters looking to link with skilled developers or designers to fill in their specific opening positions.  I know the fact that those talented individuals also seek opportunities to contribute their skills and talents, as well.  I have created a forum site and LinkedIn group page, so that I can alert job openings.  But I found that this had been a passive approach... I have been wanting to create a web industry specific job board in repense to the request for a while, and take more proactive approach to support the community. Unlike the other job board sites, not only employers can post their job openings, but also candidates can post their resume to showcase their skills.  I am hoping this can be a great local resource that can connect employers to developers/designers. Currently the job board is at the Beta stage, but I will be launching the site and make an official announcement in time for the meeting on November 7th.  If you are employers or recruiters seeking developers and designer, or freelancers looking to be hired, please join us. In a meanwhile, if you have a job to post at the moment, please feel free to contact me directly at [masked]


c) Peer Review of Design/Interface Submissions: If you want us to review your design and usability, please submit URLs and we will bring to our discussion.


Lastly, I apologize for those who disappointed that our meeting will be held on the same night as the WordPress meetup. For future, I will look around the other related meetup groups and make sure to avoid this type of conflict.  Since our next meeting's focus is on Mobile platform, I hope there won't be much conflict with WP in terms of audience.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.



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  • Ayman H.

    Phonegap is completely transparent in Adobe Dreamweaver , just a click of a button and you have builds for all devices. We use Jquery Mobile + Phonegap in Dreamweaver for prototypes. It has visual design tools. Within a couple of hours we get a full function mobile application UI running on all devices so the team can start work. In many applications, we remove the JQuery Mobile later when the final UI design is ready.

    Putting some prices:
    All adobe products:"Adobe Creative Cloud" including phonegap cloud build: $20/month for students and $50/month for others.

    November 9, 2012

  • Richard T.

    Simon is refering to another book, PhoneGap Beginner's Guide, Andrew Lunny.
    The link for this book is,

    So Ali referenced one book, Simon another and as both books predate the latest release of PhoneGap, the information they contin is probably dated.

    My only intent in providing these postings is to clarify the information provided by others.

    November 8, 2012

    • Ali A.

      Simon's comment actually applies to the second book - Beginning PhoneGap by Thomas Myer as well. This book references release[masked]

      November 8, 2012

  • Richard T.

    Bang on, very appropriate, great presentations.

    November 8, 2012

  • Richard T.

    The book being referenced by Ali Ahmed is probably,
    Beginning PhoneGap, Thomas Myer, Create cross-platform mobile apps without having to learn a new language!

    November 8, 2012

    • Simon

      Even though I know Andrew Lunny the author of PhoneGap Beginner's Guide I cannot recommend that book as a resource. First it is hopelessly out of date now as the API has undergone a number of changes since the publication date. Second and Andrew will agree Packt put no effort into editing the book. They basically went from first draft to publication. Lots of spelling and other errors in the book.

      November 8, 2012

  • Augustin

    Interesting, good to see so many people.

    November 8, 2012

  • Richard T.

    Although I took some notes, it would be nice to have Simon MacDonald's most excellent presentation.

    November 8, 2012

    • Simon

      I sent them to Osamu last night so they should be posted soon.

      November 8, 2012

    • Richard T.

      Cool, many thanks.

      November 8, 2012

  • Simon

    Thanks everyone for having me out last night. Hopefully it was entertaining if not informative. Feel free to ask me any questions about PhoneGap as I love to talk about this stuff.

    1 · November 8, 2012

  • Cindy

    Thanks, Simon, for the presentation - I learned a lot about the mobile app business.

    November 7, 2012

  • Kylie M.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight!

    November 7, 2012

  • Osamu W.

    Sudevi, the meeting is free to attend. We look forward to having you.

    November 2, 2012

  • Southavy

    Free admission? If so I might come check it out.

    October 29, 2012

  • Jazz

    GC stragies towatds the new clf 3.0 with web accessibility standards. Ongoing projects and projects to get into.

    October 29, 2012

  • Osamu W. too, indeed. I am looking into hosting the following Wednesday, Nov 7th.

    October 12, 2012

  • Xander M.

    Could we please move this to October 24? I know I'm going to be busy on Halloween night and I imagine many other members who would like to attend are going to be busy as well.

    September 24, 2012

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