January 11th, 2018
Using Workers in NativeScript
I hate worrying about performance. Its the least fun part of development. Its hard enough writing code that works, are we really expected to make it work well on all devices...
November 29th, 2017
Adventures in Gestures: Creating a Draggable Modal
Remember when Steve Jobs insisted that big phones are stupid? The iPhone 5 was designed to be as big as possible while still allowing a user's finger to touch controls anywhere on the screen. I totally agreed with that, and sort of still do, but when I hold an...
November 16th, 2017
How I Got Webpack to Work (Finally) on My NativeScript Angular Project
Recently I spent two days trying to wire up webpack for my NativeScript Angular project. Webpack is notoriously difficult to set up, so here's how I ended up doing it...
November 8th, 2017
My Experience Creating My First NativeScript UI Plugin
Pretty recently I wrote blog post about coming up with a mobile UI element that could handle selecting items from very large lists. I came up with something I think is really cool, so I wrote a blog post about it that was...
October 31st, 2017
Utilizing Platform Declarations in NativeScript
One of the coolest things about NativeScript is being able to access native APIs right out of the box. That means you don't need to wait for some organization or the open source community to expose access to brand new APIs released with new OS's, you can start fiddling...
October 15th, 2017
Using custom Action Bars in NativeScript
The Action Bar is one of the most prominent UI elements in mobile apps. Its houses the title of your view, your navigation controls, and often controls for key functionality in your apps. In the messages app for example, You've got an image of the person you're texting...
October 12th, 2017
NativeScript, the iPhone X, and safe areas.
As you all have heard by now, the 10th anniversary iPhone is coming out soon. It's called the iPhone X, and it has a controversial new design element they are calling the "notch." I am not sold on this, but I haven't held the device yet. It looks ugly to me, which I...
October 9th, 2017
Meet Dave Coffin, Developer Expert for NativeScript
Here's the article that was written about me being selected as a Telerik Developer Expert for my work in the NativeScript community.
September 22nd, 2017
I am a dad. I am also a software engineer. Like I imagine happens with probably all parents ever, my wife Jen and I had our first child and started thinking about all the products and services that would make our lives easier. There are so many solutions out there...
August 8th, 2017
Filterable List Picker in NativeScript
When I transitioned to mobile development from web development, there were all these UI questions I hadn't thought thoroughly through before. The web is forgiving, mobile users expect less from it. That's arguably not a good thing considering how far its come, but...