Tom Ortega II

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3 Things I Live For

In Life on July 14, 2012 at 6:03 am

Sidenote: Faith and family come before the three things below. That should go without saying, but figured I should say it regardless. You can read up the details on faith and family in this post over on my spiritual blog, if you’re into that sorta thing.

My biz card with a quote I wrote

My biz card with a quote I wrote

Our Time Is Short, So Have Fun

I’m not sure what got me thinking on this tangent. It could’ve been my daily analysis of life. It could’ve been me contemplating what to do professionally. Regardless, for some reason, I started to boil down what makes me happy as a person.

For those of you that have met me in person, and hopefully for those of you that just met me via this blog, it’s probably obvious that I’m a simple person with simple pleasures. While I often cloud my life with drama, stress and desires for false happiness (via some new gadget), there’s basically just 3 things that make me happy:

  1. Sharing a good meal
  2. Getting lost in the written word
  3. Learning to solve a new problem

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Montage: A Proven HTML5 Framework for App Development

In Montage on July 12, 2012 at 8:09 am

Today, I’ll explain why Montage is great for app development. I’ll also touch briefly on Ninja, the HTML5 Authoring tool, and Screening, the automated testing tool. It’s the existence of these two tools that allow me to throw up the word “Proven” in this post’s title. (Also, if you haven’t yet, don’t forget to read yesterday’s post about why Montage is a great solution for Flex developers looking to join the HTML5 world.)

A year ago, I was given a preview by the Motorola Mobility team behind all this great stuff. During that meeting, many things struck my core:

  1. Caliber of the dev team working at Motorola Mobility
  2. Thought process that went into the framework design
  3. Amount of effort/support put into the project
  4. Supporting tools to aid the app developer
  5. Experience from building those tools in Montage

As you’ll see, it was the combination of all these things that softened my hardened heart against the HTML5 technology I was wary of. I was completely surprised at that meeting. I expected something different and thought I’d walk away thinking Motorola didn’t get it. Instead, my experience was quite the opposite. Read the rest of this entry »

Montage: What Flex Developers Need in a HTML5 Solution

In Montage on July 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm
Montage Logo

HTML5 Framework by Motorola Mobility

Just like Flex, only HTML5

Montage is a HTML5 application framework released by Motorola-Mobility. It is released under the BSD license and the source is available on github. I first encountered Montage almost a year ago, but was sworn to secrecy at that time. Now, recall, this was before Adobe announced the end of Flex. Once Adobe announced they were giving up on Flex, I wanted to shout from the rooftops about Montage. I even asked the Montage team for permission to hint at something to help calm the Flex Dev masses, but was asked not to, so I didn’t. Well, Montage was finally released publicly today, so now it’s time to share my thoughts and impressions. Read the rest of this entry »