Monday, April 16, 2012

Loading a website inside of PhoneGap in Android

I am trying a quick and dirty way to turn my mobile website into an Android app. Using PhoneGap, I created a login page that post its values to my mobile site. However, the login did not seem to have any effect, as I am presented with the login page (now loaded from my website) again.

The problem lies with the fact that the link is opened in a new browser window, rather than within the web view of PhoneGap. There are many questions and answers relating to how to load a website within PhoneGap on StackOverflow, but most solutions didn’t work. Only the following worked for me on the latest version of PhoneGap.

The solution

Open the res\xml\cordova.xml file and add <access origin="" /> to the children of <cordova>. should be replaced by your website address.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Breadcrumbs partial for Umbraco 5

Umbraco 5 is a new CMS build from scratch using ASP.NET MVC 3. It is a departure from previous version which uses Web Forms.

However, due to the different architecture, the way to do breadcrumbs changed and I could not find any examples for the new version. So I came out with one =)

@inherits RenderViewPage
@using Umbraco.Cms.Web;
    var current = DynamicModel;
    Stack<dynamic> pages = new Stack<dynamic>();
    while (current.Level > 1)
        current = current.Parent;
<ul class="breadcrumb">
    <a href="@current.Url">home</a>
  @foreach (var page in pages)
      &raquo; <a href="@page.Url">@page.Name.ToLower()</a>

The stylesheet as follows

ul.breadcrumb {
    list-style-type: none;
    margin: 0 0 15px 0;
    padding: 0;
ul.breadcrumb li {
    display: inline;
ul.breadcrumb li a, .breadcrumb ul li a:visited {
    color: #036;
    text-decoration: none;
    padding: 0 5px;