The following article was published in 2600 magazine (Volume 30, Number 2) in Summer of 2013. It is republished here with permission.
Having recently completed my first PhoneGap application, I wanted to take a moment to summarize my experience. What follows are my opinions regarding "The Good", "The Bad", and "The Ugly" of the PhoneGap framework.
While recently finishing up my first PhoneGap application (which was tailored strictly for the Android platform), I encountered a problem that wasted some of my time. I'm documenting the problem and solution below for the sake of others who may run into the same issue.
I'm currently developing an Android application via PhoneGap. It took me two entire workdays to learn how to prevent this application's screen from dimming or sleeping (after 5 minutes of inactivity), so I want to document what I learned here for the sake of others who need to solve the same problem.
I spend a lot of time in front of a computer, and thus, a lot of time at a desk. Because I generally don't like sitting still, and because I recently learned that sitting all day can kill you, I decided to try to build a standing desk. I'm documenting here a design that I came up with that is inexpensive, easy to build, and has proven to me to be very practical.