[xwiki-devs] GSoC 2011 - "XWiki Android client"
ludovic at xwiki.com
Sun Mar 20 17:17:32 UTC 2011
I wanted to rename this project to Android/iPhone instead of Android only.
I tend to think that today FULL native client development on Android or
iOS is outdated.
There are now libraries like Appcelerator Titanium
(http://www.appcelerator.com/) or PhoneGap (http://www.phonegap.com/)
that allow to do cross platform development with "native UI" look and
I've done a prototype with Appcelerator and calling REST/JSON apis from
it is a breeze and the result is a very nice native looking application.
The great advantage is to develope mostly once for both platforms.
Also the application is tightly connected to a good mobile skin. Indeed
given XWiki's web capabilities, you cannot have of an application
developped on top of XWiki working on a mobile without actually calling
the application itself in web mode (good example is a livetable). So you
can't only interact with the content engine of XWiki. Therefore a good
native mobile XWiki application is a front end with nice "mobile"
oriented widgets for the home page, the activity stream, the search and
maybe others which then link to the native XWiki pages embedded in a
Althouth native mobile application + mobile skin are connected they can
still be viewed as different projects as the mobile skin can be used on
Le 20/03/11 18:00, Thomas Mortagne a écrit :
> Hi Rauf,
> Great you are interested in this project !
> On Sun, Mar 20, 2011 at 17:32, Abdul Rauf<raufbutt at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear Thomas Mortagne
>> I am very excited to contribute in open source community through the
>> platform of Google Summer of Code 2011. I have visited the ideas page
>> of “XWiki” at http://dev.xwiki.org/xwiki/bin/view/GoogleSummerOfCode/ for
>> GSoC 2011. I am interested in working on “Google Android client” for XWiki.
>> The reason being is my interest in smartphone development. I have previously
>> worked in Windows Phone 7 and to some extent in Blackberry. I want to
>> experience development in other platforms such as Android. I've worked in
>> I am writing to let you know my understanding of the project and would like
>> your feedback on it. My understanding of the requirements is as follows:
>> - To develop a smartphone application for XWiki.
>> - The application should be able to navigate wiki spaces and pages.
>> - The application should allow offline editing of wiki space and pages
>> and synchronise results on connecting with the repository.
>> - The application should also allow users an option to launch a browser
> That is for the UI part yes.
> The user need a way to view the result and there is a lot of ways
> which are not requiring the same work:
> - launch the browser to the page (which will be the minimum for this GSOC)
> - integrate the browser into the application if you have more time
> - something event more integrated in the application if you have lot
> of time but i doubt it will be possible ;)
> Plus any commons sense you are thinking of since you are probably more
> eperianced than me in mobile development ;)
> But there is also another side of the project which is to develop a
> nice android library package that could be used by any other Android
> app to comunicate with XWiki.
> More than the featuires what is important is to have a good
> architecture (maven build, follow Andoird good practices) that will
> make what you did easy to improve and add other features later by
> someone else. That's the better way to make XWiki have a good android
> client in the long run.
>> I have some knowledge of XML-RPC client/server communication. However, you
>> mentioned you are interested in using REST API for such communication. Does
>> XWiki already have REST API or this API needs to be created as part of this
>> project. Would you please refer me some material to study in this regard?
> Yes there is already a very complete REST interface, a lot more
> complete than the XML-RPC one which is why the project should be based
> on it.
>> I look forward to your response.
> Notes: I only did a bit of Android developement mostly to test it so I
> will not be able to help much on very advanced Android stuff
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