Good evening,

I am strongly considering building my project using Rails.

My project will provide a web-interface and a mobile app.

I was thinking to build the mobile app from XML sheets, i.e.:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<mobile version="3.1.3">
<newstory>text here</newstory>
<newstory>text here</newstory>
<newstory>text here</newstory>
<newstory>text here</newstory>
<pinned><newstory>text here</newstory></pinned>
</mobile>

Then I could easily parse the XML file using Qt and display it in a neat
way in the mobile app.

I'm not sure if this is the best approach, so am open to recommendations.

Thanks for all suggestions,

Alec Taylor

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  • Peter De Berdt at Nov 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

    On 21 Nov 2011, at 11:29, Alec Taylor wrote:

    I am strongly considering building my project using Rails.

    My project will provide a web-interface and a mobile app.

    I was thinking to build the mobile app from XML sheets, i.e.:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <mobile version="3.1.3">
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <pinned><newstory>text here</newstory></pinned>
    </mobile>

    Then I could easily parse the XML file using Qt and display it in a
    neat way in the mobile app.

    I'm not sure if this is the best approach, so am open to
    recommendations.
    Or you could just stick with HTML and go for PhoneGap, gives you just
    about every mobile platform you could ever wish for.

    For your data exchange, JSON is probably the best one. It's much less
    verbose than XML in just about any case. In any case, for mobile
    devices (and even for a snappy desktop experience), you want to build
    your app to transfer the least amount of data possible. Plenty of
    resources about that around the web.


    Best regards

    Peter De Berdt

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  • Alec Taylor at Nov 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    Sure, happy to use JSON as the format.

    I wouldn't want to use anything like PhoneGap, since I am also
    integrating hardware components.

    Not too mention I have C, C++, Ruby and Python skills to leverage, so
    native app development is no problem.

    In fact, I was considering open-sourcing this whole mobile JSON
    interfacing format, in order to gain community standardisation.

    On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 10:58 PM, Peter De Berdt
    wrote:
    On 21 Nov 2011, at 11:29, Alec Taylor wrote:

    I am strongly considering building my project using Rails.

    My project will provide a web-interface and a mobile app.

    I was thinking to build the mobile app from XML sheets, i.e.:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <mobile version="3.1.3">
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <pinned><newstory>text here</newstory></pinned>
    </mobile>

    Then I could easily parse the XML file using Qt and display it in a neat way
    in the mobile app.

    I'm not sure if this is the best approach, so am open to recommendations.


    Or you could just stick with HTML and go for PhoneGap, gives you just about
    every mobile platform you could ever wish for.

    For your data exchange, JSON is probably the best one. It's much less
    verbose than XML in just about any case. In any case, for mobile devices
    (and even for a snappy desktop experience), you want to build your app to
    transfer the least amount of data possible. Plenty of resources about that
    around the web.


    Best regards


    Peter De Berdt


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  • Dhaval jain at Nov 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm
    Yeah its a good idea to open source.

    Go for it.will surely contribute to it.

    Regards
    Dhaval
    On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM, Alec Taylor wrote:

    Sure, happy to use JSON as the format.

    I wouldn't want to use anything like PhoneGap, since I am also
    integrating hardware components.

    Not too mention I have C, C++, Ruby and Python skills to leverage, so
    native app development is no problem.

    In fact, I was considering open-sourcing this whole mobile JSON
    interfacing format, in order to gain community standardisation.

    On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 10:58 PM, Peter De Berdt
    wrote:
    On 21 Nov 2011, at 11:29, Alec Taylor wrote:

    I am strongly considering building my project using Rails.

    My project will provide a web-interface and a mobile app.

    I was thinking to build the mobile app from XML sheets, i.e.:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <mobile version="3.1.3">
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <pinned><newstory>text here</newstory></pinned>
    </mobile>

    Then I could easily parse the XML file using Qt and display it in a neat way
    in the mobile app.

    I'm not sure if this is the best approach, so am open to recommendations.


    Or you could just stick with HTML and go for PhoneGap, gives you just about
    every mobile platform you could ever wish for.

    For your data exchange, JSON is probably the best one. It's much less
    verbose than XML in just about any case. In any case, for mobile devices
    (and even for a snappy desktop experience), you want to build your app to
    transfer the least amount of data possible. Plenty of resources about that
    around the web.


    Best regards


    Peter De Berdt


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  • Dhaval jain at Nov 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm
    Hi ,

    I would suggest JSON instead of XML. JSON is very light weighted compared
    to xml and will help in faster proceesing of data on the mobile apps.

    Thanks,
    Dhaval
    On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 3:59 PM, Alec Taylor wrote:

    Good evening,

    I am strongly considering building my project using Rails.

    My project will provide a web-interface and a mobile app.

    I was thinking to build the mobile app from XML sheets, i.e.:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

    <mobile version="3.1.3">
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <newstory>text here</newstory>
    <pinned><newstory>text here</newstory></pinned>
    </mobile>

    Then I could easily parse the XML file using Qt and display it in a neat
    way in the mobile app.

    I'm not sure if this is the best approach, so am open to recommendations.

    Thanks for all suggestions,

    Alec Taylor

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