Jul '11

Honeycomb tip: Changing the browser’s user agent string

I’ve just spent the weekend getting my new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 all setup – which included downloading a couple of browsers. I’ve been using the Dolphin browser on my Android phones for quite some time, and really liked it because of the fact that it can be set to identify itself as a desktop browser. While I appreciate an optimized mobile experience on my phone, there are times when I want to see the “real” web. Unfortunately, on many sites, user agent sniffing rolls my device back to the mobile experience – hence the beauty of being able to set the user agent string in the Dolphin browser. This problem is even more pronounced on tablets, which are identified as “Android” and therefore get rolled to the mobile site.

Sadly, the Dolphin browser is not really optimized for Honeycomb, and its interface can look a little small on large tablets. So I have found myself using the native browser more and more. (more…)


May '11

Resolving “Android SDK failed to install” with Dreamweaver CS5.5

One of the biggest problems with linking to anything on the web is when the address of that file changes. Sadly, this happened recently with a file that was used by Dreamweaver CS5.5 to install the Android SDK via the Easy Install button on the Configure Application Framework dialog (Site > Mobile Applications > Configure Application Framework).

The Dreamweaver team has released instructions which you can find here:

Basically, you’ll need to replace the NativeAppCommon.js file located at [Dreamweaver Install Location]/Configuration/NativeAppFramework/. The entire process takes less than a minute to complete.

If you have already installed the Android Framework, you don’t “have” to do this, however you might want to go ahead and grab the updated file just in case you ever want to reinstall the framework with Dreamweaver’s Easy Install.


May '11

Updating jQuery and jQuery Mobile in Dreamweaver CS5.5

Holy Javascript Libraries, Batman! In case you’re keeping score, Adobe began shipping Dreamweaver CS5.5 less than two weeks ago with support for jQuery and jQuery Mobile. But, the versions included in Dreamweaver, jQuery 1.5 and jQuery Mobile 1.0a3, are already out of date! Because before you could even get your copy installed, the jQuery team released a significant upgrade to the core jQuery library – version 1.6. Along the way, the jQuery Mobile framework has also been updated to version 1.0a4, which includes several important bug fixes. So, if you are a Dreamweaver user and you want to develop jQuery Mobile sites and applications with these updated versions of the libraries, what are you supposed to do? Update your libraries, of course… here’s how… (more…)