How to iteratively create PhoneGap contacts

I started a new project today to load the contacts from my personal database into my iPhone.

cd ~/Documents/pcrepo/aman-importer
phonegap create phonegap-test
cd phonegap-test
phonegap platform add ios
phonegap plugin add org.apache.cordova.contacts

There is documentation for the Contacts API.

The trouble I got into was iteratively creating contacts.

Code like this doesn’t work:

for ( var i in contact_data_list ) {
  var contact_data = contact_data_list[ i ];
  var contact = navigator.contacts.create();
  var name = new ContactName();
  name.givenName = contact_data.first_name;
  name.familyName = contact_data.last_name;
  contact.name = name;
  contact.save(
    function() { alert( 'saved!' ); },
    function() { alert( 'failed!' ); }
  );
}

The behavior is that contact.save fails and neither of the success or failure callbacks are invoked.

The way to iterate over the input data is like this:

var index = 0;
var saver = function() {
  if ( index === contact_data_list.length ) {
    // we're finished enumerating the array, we can report and exit:
    navigator.contacts.find( ['*'], report_contacts );
    return;
  }
  var contact_data = contact_data_list[ index++ ];
  var contact = navigator.contacts.create();
  var name = new ContactName();
  name.givenName = contact_data.first_name;
  name.familyName = contact_data.last_name;
  contact.name = name;
  contact.save(
    saver,
    function() { alert( 'failed!' ); }
  );
};
saver();

You can see it for real over here

Amazon Web Services (AWS) — Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)

Learning how to program the EC2 system via the PHP API. I needed to know about RunInstances and AssociateAddress.

You can send Amazon a Request to Remove Email Sending Limitations which by default limit the amount of email traffic instances can process.

Also read about Amazon EC2 Instance IP Addressing and Elastic IP Addresses (EIP).

Although I settled on using the PHP SDK I read the doco for the Java SDK EC2 client: Class AmazonEC2Client. The corresponding PHP API is here. Also How to get list of EC2 instances with Amazon PHP SDK 2 from StackOverflow was useful. All AWS SDKs are here and there are command-line tools. There is AWS SDK for PHP Documentation. This article Provision an Amazon EC2 Instance with PHP was a handy starting place. I also saw the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud API Reference. I also read AWS SDK for PHP: Run an Amazon EC2 Instance.

I started a project at ProgClub called make-love, which is my server re-instantiation script. It shows how to use the AWS PHP SDK and the r53.php code for programming AWS Route53 DNS services. Documentation on the Route53 client can be found at Ordering Disorder. More on r53.php at SourceForge. I added a new function listAllResourceRecordSets to the Route32 class and commented out some SSL validation code because validation was failing and it’s no big deal to ignore it.

GeoIP with MaxMind’s GeoLite in PHP

You can download the GeoLite Country database from GeoLite Free Downloadable Databases and you can grab the MaxMind GeoIP PHP API.

Once you have the GeoIP.dat file and the geoip.inc PHP file you’re good to go. E.g.:


  require_once __DIR__ . '/geoip/geoip.inc';

  $gi = geoip_open( __DIR__ . '/geoip/GeoIP.dat", GEOIP_STANDARD );

  $country_code = geoip_country_code_by_addr( $gi, $host );
  $country_name = geoip_country_name_by_addr( $gi, $host );

  geoip_close( $gi );