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Cordova: Open External Links in the Native Browser

Written by Sepp Wijnands on Friday 15 November 2013 in mobile

If you want to open an external website or a user's Facebook page, you more than likely would like to open it in their mobile's platform main browser.

But, by default in Cordova/Phonegap, when a (external) link is clicked, it will just load it into your application view instead. Thereby potentially messing up the state of your application, and leaving you with no control over when or if the user decides to return to your application.

iOS users of your application will have it even worse. Since iOS has no built-in concept of a 'back' button, this pretty much guarantees that a user cannot return to your application, without terminating it first.

Not a pretty sight. Luckily, there's an easy fix.

Cordova: Whitelist rejection error

Written by Sepp Wijnands on Tuesday 12 November 2013 in mobile

In older versions of Phonegap and Cordova the default setting was to disallow applications to access any external network host, unless explicitly specified in the config file.

If you are unfamiliar with this functionality, the first time you try to access an external resource, you will be greeted by the following error message in some form or another:

2013-11-12 18:06:04.847 HelloCordova[14941:70b] ERROR whitelist rejection: url='http://www.facebook.com/'

Upgrading to a newer version of Cordova/Phonegap will not automatically fix this problem for you, because the policy is controlled by the www/config.xml file, which will be generated only once, and then be left alone by the command line utilities.

Cross-Origin Resource Sharing Preflight Request Caching in Webapi and C#

Written by Sepp Wijnands on Tuesday 5 November 2013 in webapi

If you want to be able to make Cross-Domain JSON requests from a web client you are probably already familiar with CORS.

In broad terms, CORS is a mechanism that gives HTTP servers the ability to control whether a cross domain XHR request from a client is allowed or should be rejected.

A HTTP server can accept or reject a client on several different criteria, some of these are:

  • The origin from the client (the domain from which the request comes from, supplied by the Origin HTTP header)
  • The request method (POST, GET, etc...)
  • Additional HTTP request headers (X-ZUMO-APPLICATION, etc...)
  • Credentials such as cookies and/or user authentication

Depending on which magic combination of features you use (from the above list) in a request, the browser will first issue a so called Preflight Request to the server before putting your actual request through.

It does this for every request you make, which might not be what you want.

Cordova: Fix for iOS 7 status bar

Written by Sepp Wijnands on Sunday 27 October 2013 in mobile

Since the introduction of iOS 7.0 and the accompanying iOS7 SDK, the status bar behavior in iOS has changed. The status bar can now change color and/or be part of the application.

While sounding nice on the surface, it more or less spelled temporary doom for cordova and phonegap applications who would like to keep the old behavior.

Luckily with the new 3.1.0 release of cordova you can!

In the latest release there is a new status bar plugin, in which, among other things you can revert the status bar back to its pre iOS7 state.

Our international website is finally live!

Written by Sepp Wijnands on Thursday 22 August 2013 in news

A couple of weeks ago we created a .NET implementation of the excellent referer-parser* project from Snowplow Analytics.

Our contribution was accepted with great enthusiasm and very quickly integrated into the main branch of the referer-parser project.

On top of this Alexander Dean (co-founder and technical lead at Snowplow Analytics) was very kind to give us a mention on their blog. However, we were very ashamed to need to tell Alexander that we did not have an international of our website available.

So with that in mind, we have been hard at work @ iPerform Software the last couple of weeks to correct that fact and, get an international website out of the door as quick as possible.

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