Back from GeeCON Poland 2014

May 25, 2014 in Conference, Continuous Integration, Jasmine, JavaScript, Unit Testing

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I just get back from GeeCON that was held in Krakow, Poland 14-16 May 2014. The conference organization was fantastic and there were a lot of attendees in the conference sessions. IMO, GeeCON is really the biggest Java Conferences in the Central-Eastern Europe as it had 1100+ attendees.

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I had the chance to present “Jasmine Automated Tests for JavaScript” in 15 May, the session had many attendees and I was really amazed by the energy, enthusiasm, and responsiveness of the attendees during the session.

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The session went great and I was glad to give a free copy of my JavaScript Unit Testing book to one of the attendees who answered a JavaScript quiz at the end of my session.
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I uploaded my session below:

Finally, I would like to thank all the organizers of this conference, especially Adrian Nowak (@adrno), Adam Dudczak (@maneo), Marcin Gadamer (@marcingadamer), and certainly all of the wonderful guys behind this conference.

[OT] Krakow is a wonderful modern city, if you plan to go there then do not miss visiting Ojców Garden Krakow, Wawel Royal Castle, and generally Old Krakow city. I attached below some of the photos below:

1. Krakow, The Old City, 16 March 2014:
https://plus.google.com/photos/105100477384124159138/albums/6014103071265602913

2. Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow, 16 May 2014:
https://plus.google.com/photos/105100477384124159138/albums/6014128282375540177

Back from ApacheCon NA 2014

April 15, 2014 in Apache Cordova, Conference

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I just get back from ApacheCon North America that was held in Denver, CO, USA 07-09 April 2014. The conference organization was fantastic and there were a lot of attendees in the conference sessions.

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I had the chance to present “Developing Native Mobile Apps using JavaScript” in 07 April, the session had many attendees and I was really amazed by the energy, enthusiasm, and responsiveness of the attendees during the session.
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The session went great and I was glad to give a free copy of my JavaScript Unit Testing book to one of the attendees who answered a JavaScript quiz at the end of my session.
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I uploaded my session below:

Attached below the Sound Recording of my session:

One of the most interesting things that happened with me in ApacheCon is that I had the chance to meet the wonderful Apache Cordova team in ApacheCon:
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[OT] Denver is a wonderful modern city, if you plan to go there then do not miss visiting 16th street Mall, attached below some photos from there.
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Boosting Performance of jQuery Mobile with Apache Cordova

March 12, 2014 in Apache Cordova, JavaScript, jQuery Mobile

If you use jQuery Mobile with Apache Cordova, you may find a little bit slowness in the transitions between pages of your mobile application. Actually, I had this issue with one of my Apache Cordova applications, and after spending sometime investigating the problem, I found that the solution is to disable jQuery mobile transition effects as follows:

$.mobile.defaultPageTransition   = 'none';
$.mobile.defaultDialogTransition = 'none';

Disabling transition effects will dramatically boost your app’s transition performance. I hope that this advice can be helpful to you in order to enjoy developing your cross-mobile apps using the wonderful Apache Cordova library.

Note: This advice targets jQuery mobile 1.4 (and older versions), I wish that this slowness issue will be fixed in the future versions of jQuery mobile.

Speaking in ApacheCon North America 2014

March 6, 2014 in Conference

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@Monday, April 7 4:00 PM, I will be speaking in ApacheCon North America conference (that will be held from 07 April to 09 April @Denver, USA) about “Developing Native mobile applications using JavaScript”. My session will be a practical one, I will discuss how to develop native mobile applications using JavaScript and Apache Cordova. I hope it will be an interesting session for all the mobile development passionates :) :
http://apacheconnorthamerica2014.sched.org/speaker/hazems

Personally, it is my first time to visit Denver, beside enjoying technical stuff, I would like to visit some tourist places there, any suggestions are welcome :D ?

I really wish to see all of you there in ApacheCon North America 2014!

Running Tizen Emulator in Mac OS X Mavericks

February 28, 2014 in mobile, Tizen

Your MacBook may hang if you try to run Tizen emulator in Mac OS X Mavericks. The reason behind this problem is that Mavericks is currently not supported by HAXM so running the Tizen emulator will result in a crash.

In order to resolve this issue, you can do one the following two way:

1. [Not recommended] Disable CPU-VT and GPU from the emulator manager as shown below. However, you have to know that doing this will make your emulator very slow but it will run peacefully.
Tizen Emulator Manager

2. [Recommended] Install hotfix for Mavericks available to download from the HAXM website:
http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-hardware-accelerated-execution-manager-end-user-license-agreement-macos-hotfix

Speaking in Geecon 2014

February 24, 2014 in Conference, JavaScript

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I will be speaking in Geecon conference (From 14 May to 16 May @Krakow, Poland) about “Jasmine Automated Tests for JavaScript”. My session will be a practical one, I will discuss how to develop unit tests for the JavaScript code of the applications using Jasmine as a powerful descriptive JavaScript unit testing tool and how to “automate” running Jasmine tests on the web browsers. The session also discusses how to generate Jasmine reports from the build management tools:
http://2014.geecon.org/speakers/hazem-saleh

Personally, it is my first time to visit Poland, beside enjoying technical stuff, I would like to visit some tourist places there, any suggestions are welcome :) ?

I really wish to see all of you there in Geecon Poland 2014!

Sharing Xcode 5 projects on SVN with no issues

January 2, 2014 in iOS

In order to share Xcode 5 project on SVN, you can do it by doing the following:
1. Choose Xcode -> Preferences.
2. Choose “Accounts” tab.
3. In the “Accounts” tab, click “+” -> “Add Repository”.
4. Enter the SVN Repository information as shown in the screenshot below:
SVN Information Window

P.S. You may face the following error while trying to add SVN repo to Xcode as follows:
xcode cannot verify the identity of the server

In order to resolve this issue, just click "Show Certificate", unfold the disclosure arrow and set the “Trust” option menu to “Always Trust”.

5. After doing these steps, you can choose the local folder ("iOSProjects" for example) in which you want to do svn checkout. You can do this from "Source code" -> "Checkout".

6. Finally, you can create (or place) your Xcode project under your local folder "iOSProjects" to add and commit the project files to SVN.

[jQuery Mobile] Avoiding multiple pageinit executions for separate pages

December 24, 2013 in jQuery, jQuery Mobile, mobile

One of the common problems in jQuery mobile when navigating to a separate page in a separate HTML file is that he “pageinit” event will be triggered each time page is visited. The problem becomes severe when you find that each time you visit the separate page, your “pageinit” event handler is registered +1 more time which makes a great hassle because of the multiple event binding.

Let’s see an example to understand the problem, assume that we have a separate page called “pageA” which includes a JavaScript file that defines “pageinit” event handler as follows:

$(document).on("pageinit", "#pageA", function(e) {
    e.preventDefault();
	
    //Initialization can be done here ...
});

If you navigate from any page to “pageA”, you will find that in everytime you visit this page, your “pageinit” event handler will be registered and executed, which means that if you visit the page for the second time, you will find “pageinit” event handler executed twice and for the third time, you will find it executed 3 times and so on.

In order to resolve this issue, you will need to un-register the “pageinit” event as follows using $(document).off().

$(document).on("pageinit", "#subscriptionView", function(e) {
    e.preventDefault();
	
    //Initialization can be done here ...
	
    $(document).off("pageinit", "#subscriptionView");
});

Doing this workaround makes “pageinit” event handler executing only once each time the page is loaded.

P.S. This behavior does not happen in jQuery mobile when you follow the single HTML file approach which includes all the application pages.

JavaScript Quiz #12

December 17, 2013 in JavaScript

Assume that we have the following short JavaScript code:

<script>
    var number = 50;
    var obj = {
        number: 60,
        getNum: function () {
	    var number = 70;
	    return this.number;
	}
    }; 

    alert(obj.getNum());
    alert(obj.getNum.call());
    alert(obj.getNum.call({number:20}));
</script> 

Will this code succeed or fail? and if it succeeds, what is the output of the alerts?

Read the complete answer

Dojo >= 1.7 Kickstart

November 3, 2013 in Dojo

This presentation targets the people who wants to learn the basics of Dojo (>= 1.7).