[xwiki-devs] Interest in GSoC with XWiki

Thomas Mortagne thomas.mortagne at xwiki.com
Wed Mar 23 21:02:23 UTC 2011

On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 21:06, Sergiu Dumitriu <sergiu at xwiki.com> wrote:
> On 03/23/2011 08:51 AM, Thomas Mortagne wrote:
>> Hi Christian,
>> On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 21:55, Christian Pels<caapels at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> Thanks Caty for the prompt response.
>>> On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 12:07 PM, Ecaterina Moraru (Valica)<
>>> valicac at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>> Hi Christian,
>>>> On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 20:26, Christian Pels<caapels at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>>> Hello All,
>>>>> I am writing this to be a self introductory mail to the XWiki community. I
>>>>> am a Computer Engineering student at the University of Duisburg Essen,
>>>>> Germany.
>>>>> I am interested in the undertaking the Android related project for Summer
>>>>> of
>>>>> Code,I am interested primarily in the long term project of building a
>>>>> library to be used in XWiki android clients.
>> I'm glad you are interested in the project and especially on the side
>> I think is the most interesting one.
>>>>> In the area of programming capabilities, I have experience with the tools
>>>>> and technologies as detailed on the xwiki development wiki, I primarily
>>>>> use
>>>>> Eclipse and have used Maven, Ant, Git and others for several school and
>>>>> personal project (Android applications).
>>>>> (I am looking forward though to getting more exposure on these and others
>>>>> by
>>>>> joining and using them in an open source community).
>>>> Nice to meet you :)
>>>> Please check out the other threads about GSOC where we already discussed
>>>> some points there:
>>>> - about the project
>>>> http://xwiki.markmail.org/thread/6oqjrisfei7ndh6g
>>>   Gone through the mails sent there. but from I gather (Stand to be
>>> corrected)  the direction for the project has clearly outlined. I like the
>>> idea of using a cross platform to allow the application to be easily
>>> adaptable, but not much was said about building the library.
>>> And I am a bit confused as to whether the two are being considered as
>>> distinct project or are they meant to be done together by a single person as
>>> one project.
>> No the project did not changed which could be maybe another proposal
>> at some point but not by me since I'm not convince with the cross
>> platform Idea.
>> My is proposal is focused on a very good library and a kind of demo
>> but useful UI based on it to serve as example for all android
>> applications. So the most important is: all that has to be very clean,
>> follow Android good practice and well designed and easy to read (for
>> an Android application which have its own performances constraints of
>> courses ;)). This also mean maven build of the application and
>> anything that makes release manager life easier and well integrated in
>> our general build. From my point of view that's the only way to have
>> something really maintained, improved and used on the long run.
> +1.
> Personally, I think that there are very different things:
> A. making an XWiki server more easy to access via a browser by doing a
> mobile-friendly skin on the server
> B. making a native application that uses XWiki as a back end to
> accomplish different tasks
> Both are important, and both are valid projects. While A helps make
> XWiki more accessible from mobile devices, I agree with Thomas that B
> allows richer and more advanced types of applications, not necessarily
> seen as views of XWiki.
> And I also agree with Thomas that trying to make a generic application
> that works on all mobile devices will only limit the available features
> and will offer a poor (or at least non-optimal) interaction on all
> platforms.
> The vision is not to have a nice skin for browsing XWiki-powered
> websites, but to have a library which allows communication with an XWiki
> server, which can be used for implementing native apps that don't have
> to be about browsing a website.
> For example, a notification application that signals when one of the
> user's watched pages is updated.
> Another example, a twitter-like application that uses XWiki and the new
> message stream.
> Another example, a nice integration with Balsamiq mockups or PlantUML
> that uses XWiki as simple collaborative storage, with most of the
> editing happening on the device.
> Thomas, am I understanding your view correctly?

Yep exactly, glad to see someone on my side finally ;)

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