[xwiki-devs] Interest in GSoC with XWiki

Thomas Mortagne thomas.mortagne at xwiki.com
Wed Mar 23 21:04:58 UTC 2011

On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 22:02, Thomas Mortagne
<thomas.mortagne at xwiki.com> wrote:
> 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 ;)

Another good one would be to synchronize your XWiki social network
(when it's ready) with android contacts.

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