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Love Pokémon Go? Create your own AR app in Monaca with Wikitude

Recently, Pokémon Go became very popular all over the world. Pokémon Go is using Augmented Reality principles by using smartphone’s camera to recognize objects and draw 3D objects in real-time.

Similarly, if you want to create an AR application in Monaca, Wikitude enables you to do so. It includes GPS location and image recognition through AR contents.

We will show you how to use Wikitude in Monaca app here.


Comparing frameworks: Hello World!

Framework comparison

The fact that Onsen UI is built on top of Web Components makes us proud to be framework agnostic. However, there are so many options out there that we can feel overwhelmed when it comes to choosing a front-end framework to develop with. Especially for those who don’t have a large background in web programming, deciding which framework works better for them could be a tedious task.

Have you already chosen your framework to work with Onsen UI? For those who still don’t have a preference, in this article we show how to make a simple Hello World app with some of the existing alternatives: Vanilla JavaScript, AngularJS, Angular 2, React, Vue.js and Knockout.js.


New Udemy course for beginners: Build your Apache Cordova/PhoneGap app

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This time, we have a special treat for all beginners who want to develop beautiful apps, but don’t know where to start. One of our Senior Software Engineers, Bryan Ellis, created a short Udemy course for those that need a little help getting started with Cordova app development. It takes less than 2 hours and is extremely easy to follow. Without any excuses, it’s time to build apps!


Create reusable and future-proof UI components with Custom Elements v1 and Web Components

Custom Elements is a part of Web Components

Onsen UI is a UI component library built on top of Web Components. Web Components is an emerging standard that is designed to make it easy to create reusable UI components using APIs that are native to the browser. One clear advantage of this is that the components that you make are not tied to a single library or frontend framework.

In this article we will take a look at the advantages of using Web Components and also at the Custom Elements v1 API that was recently finalized and is looking to become the de facto standard for registering and adding behavior to custom tags.

Web Components is in my opinion not only a technology for writing encapsulated components that can be plugged into our apps, it is also a way to help us stop reinventing the wheel and implement the same components for every framework or library out there.