[xwiki-devs] [GSoC 2011] XWiki Mobile Skin/App Development

Ecaterina Moraru (Valica) valicac at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 21:09:42 UTC 2011

On Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 00:34, Avinash Parida <avinash3006 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was working on the XWiki Mobile skins initial iterations of layouts and
> themes and would like to discuss further on this topic.These are some of the
> UI views:
> http://www.globaldelight.com/XWiki/xwiki-layouts.jpg [Overall feel and
> look]
> http://www.globaldelight.com/XWiki/activity-page.jpg  [Activity Page]
> http://www.globaldelight.com/XWiki/edit-page.jpg  [Edit Page]
> http://www.globaldelight.com/XWiki/profile-page.jpg [Profile Page]

The UI is nice and we can iterate on it after we select and discuss the
function the skin will include. :)


> I am working further on creating more detailed versions and also flowcharts
> for the views.
> On reading the previous threads I wanted to dig in on Development point of
> view. I thought of 2 options for the scope of this project and its purpose.
> 1. Making a browser based mobile skin only by using HTML5 + CSS + JS ,
> velocity templates and fetching the data from REST or XML-RPC. The data can
> be also displayed by using Ajax making it a good web-app. But this does not
> allow the use of native capabilities like camera or notification as it
> resides on the browser.
> 2. The use of web-technologies for making cross-platform application with
> JS touch framework and porting framework.
> The application needs to use the phones native features such as Camera API,
> Notification(Vibrate) , Geolocation, File Storage and much more which are
> not possible via simply an web-application so requires a porting framework.
> Either PhoneGap or Appcelerator Titanium will be good but i have been
> following both and I want to point out a few things.
> Advantages of PhoneGap
> -MIT licence
> -Easier testing in browser /simulator
> -Support for iOS , Android, Symbiam, PalmOS
> Advantages of Titanium
> -Easy to get native looking app , native UI component
> -Better performance
> -can be extended to add native feature
> Developing on PhoneGap or Titanium is not an ideal form considering XWiki
> is written in Java but solves the purpose of making it mobile compatible.
> These allows the app to be natively packaged for different platforms like
> iOS , Android or Symbian. This way the app resides on the phone and only
> minimum data transfer is required. This would really enable to access XWiki
> on mobile devices in an appropriate way. The main focus is to access the
> main XWiki features. I am still working on fetching data using REST on the
> above porting framework , would be great if i could get more help on this.
> Hope my ideas and opinions would be helpful. I would really appreciate
> comments and remarks towards this.
> Regards,
> Avinash
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