[xwiki-devs] GSoC 2011 - "XWiki Android client"

Jerome Velociter jerome at xwiki.com
Wed Mar 23 11:05:01 UTC 2011

On Sun, Mar 20, 2011 at 6:17 PM, Ludovic Dubost <ludovic at xwiki.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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 is outdated.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 feel
> in Javascript and with very nice web integration.

I support this approach too, and agree that a pure Android client does
not bring much to the table.

HTML/CSS/JS is becoming the logical run-time for mobile web-oriented apps.

In addition to the integration library like titanium or PhoneGap we
might want to look into a mobile dev UI framework like jquery mobile
or JoApp (http://joapp.com/)


> 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 mobile skin.
> Althouth native mobile application + mobile skin are connected they can
> still be viewed as different projects as the mobile skin can be used on it's
> own.
> Ludovic
> 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
>>> Java, CSS, HTML and Javascript.
>>> 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
>>>   window.
>> 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.
>>> Regards
>> 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
>>> Rauf
>>> University of Gloucestershire
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