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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sencha Touch: Using the Action property of the Button element

I've been trying to wire up the buttons in my UI to handlers inside the view so I could have them fire an event to the controller and complete an action, but it required me to put a function in the config section and it looks messy and isn't portable.

After much googling I found a hidden property of Button called action. I can't find very good documentation on it and wanted to show an example of it because it will make your life so much easier.

// Building a button inside of an items array
    xtype: 'button',
    action: 'warnOnLeave',
    align: 'left',
    iconCls: 'home',
    ui: 'back',

// Handle the button click inside a controller
control: {
    // Listen for the new button press
        tap: 'onCreateNewContent'

This saved me quite a few steps because all my button actions triggered something in the controller. This way I can skip using fireEvent and just tie the event to a handler method in the controller.

Sencha Touch: Center elements in a tab panel

By default elements in are aligned left. I wanted to center them so it's not so close to the back button in the Title Bar.

I found the answer while digging around in the comments section of the Sencha Touch documentation and wanted to surface the answer so others could easily find it.

    extend: '',
    alias: 'widget.contenteditorcontainer',
    config: {
        // How to center tabs in a panel floating at the top
        tabBar: {
            layout: {
                type: 'hbox',
                align: 'center',
                pack: 'center'

This will center the elements.

Here is the documentation for centering elements on a panel.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tep Wireless Sale: 50% off

I used a tep internet hotspot on my last vacation and the it worked really well. I highly recommend it to anyone going on an overseas trip.

They're having a 50% off sale right now. The coupon code is “FireSale”.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Javascript / jQuery : Scroll to the top of a document

Quick way to scroll to the top of a page via jQuery


Objective C : Learning the syntax

I'm in the process of trying to learn Objective-C. In the beginning this can be really rough. There are so many brackets. So many brackets...

This site has been pretty helpful in trying to make some sense out of the chaos:

This is the video course I'm learning from: Coding Together: Developing Apps for iPhone and iPad (Winter 2013). It's really good, better than most books I've read and it's free.

Programming iOS 6 however has been a fantastic book and explains obj-c in great depth. You'll need at least a basic understanding of either C or C++. Other books have you blindly follow code examples without explaining anything. This book tells you exactly what's going on. I wish more books were written in this fashion.

There's lot of other stuff obj-c does that seem auto-magical. Like the variables that are created from that are prefixed with an _. It's all about comments you guys.

Sencha Touch: Ext version of jQuery methods

I'm trying to use as many native parts of Ext as I can without leaning on other libraries. It's not so much that I wouldn't use the other libraries anyway, but it's better to embrace change. There's a lot of useful stuff that Underscore handles really well.

jQuery Underscore Ext (Sencha Touch)
jQuery.noop Ext.emptyFn
jQuery.proxy Ext.bind
jQuery('selector') Ext.query('selector') 
jQuery.trim Ext.String.trim
[jQuery wrapped elem] = jQuery('selector') [Ext wrapped elem] = Ext.get([from Ext.query])
_.isEmpty, _.isNull Ext.isEmpty

Monday, July 8, 2013

Sencha Touch: Disable script caching

While working on a Sencha Touch project I needed to look in one of the core sencha files. The problem is there is a _dc property attached to every script it brings in. It's great for making sure your code isn't cached, but terrible for debugging.

After a big of digging I found the code needed to turn off caching. Open up the app.js file and look at the very top. You should see a Ext.Loader.setPath method. Update it to look like this and caching should now be disabled.

    'Ext': 'touch/src',
    'Sample': 'app'
    disableCaching: false