June 2013 - Broken Links Archive

Remote debugging with weinre

Remote debug­ging of sites on mobile and tablets is get­ting a lit­tle eas­i­er, but still has too many pain points; for exam­ple, while you can debug iOS Safari through desk­top Safari, you can only do so with a sin­gle device at a time; and to debug on Android you have to down­load and install the full SDK, and even that only works with Chrome.

Adobe Edge Inspect is use­ful for remote debug­ging but is lim­it­ed by many require­ments: you must install an app on each tar­get device, so it won’t work on any plat­form oth­er than Android or iOS; it uses Chrome desk­top for the debug tools (although a new open API may open that to oth­er browsers); and you must buy a sub­scrip­tion to unlock mul­ti-device debugging.

If you want to do tru­ly cross-plat­form remote debug­ging on the cheap you need weinre, a free and open source project which is actu­al­ly the basis of Edge Inspect; Adobe bought the tech­nol­o­gy, then released the orig­i­nal source under an open license. wein­re’s quite easy to install, although it does­n’t appear to be, so in this arti­cle I’m going to lay out the few sim­ple steps required to get it up and running.

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CSS Day and Responsive Design Workflow

I’ve just returned from a few days in Ams­ter­dam, where I was for­tu­nate enough to be part of the first (and only?) CSS Day, an event organ­ised by the team behind Mobil­ism and Fron­teers, who are con­sum­mate­ly pro­fes­sion­al and deserve huge con­grat­u­la­tions and thanks for all their work. The con­fer­ence had the aim of div­ing deep into CSS through each of the eight speak­ers dis­cussing a mod­ule (or mod­ules) of the CSS spec. My cho­sen sub­ject was Ani­ma­tions and Tran­si­tions; my slides are online now, video should fol­low shortly.

The day before the con­fer­ence I gave a whole-day work­shop on Respon­sive Web Design, teach­ing design and devel­op­ment approach­es and — more impor­tant­ly — a new work­flow more adapt­ed to the demands of the new way of work­ing. I was helped huge­ly in this by the fact that I’d recent­ly fin­ished read­ing Stephen Hay’s new book, Respon­sive Design Work­flow.

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I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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