East Agile Open Source Palm webOS

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 20 Apr 2010 at 02:41

East Agile one of Palm's recommended webOS developers in 2009. During their validation process, we created an photograph album application that lets users drill down into the EXIF tag information that describes the characteristics of their photos. Palm offered to place this application on their store, but instead we opted to make it open source in order to help the developer community. The code has been available on github since January 2010. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mobile Phone App Specification

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 30 Mar 2010 at 10:06

The following cards define the specification for a simple taxi cab trip tracking application for a mobile phone platform. This is the sort of thing we could implement easily across multiple platforms (iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, and Palm WebOS) using custom code and tools like Rhomobile's Rhodes framework.

Look at these cards from two perspectives. First, what do you think of the idea? If a lot of people like it, we might make it. Second, consider that this is typical of the detail we need before we start working with a client to begin an engagement. We would take diagrams like these, break them into small, prioritized user stories and features, then start development that same afternoon.

This is the main screen for the application.

There was a step before this next...

Announcing the Google Nexus One

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 06 Jan 2010 at 14:39

Google's Nexus One Android smartphone may be the turning point for Android in its battle for respect from the otherwise iPhone-carrying set of consumers. Or maybe not (see this New York Times article). Released to Google employees about a week ago, the Nexus One was released to the general public on Tuesday January 5th, 2010. We took this opportunity to take some photos.

I was particularly impressed by the camera on the Nexus One and its vivid colour. The image of red lips below is completely unenhanced (colour was removed from the rest of the image to ensure our attention was not distracted).

FAQ 13 - iPhone, Android, WebOS, Blackberry, Symbian

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 20 Nov 2009 at 23:11

Smartphone Applications

Do you have any experience of developing smartphone apps?


Adam Blum
CEO, Rhomobile
We have a mobile platform development team. We develop for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, and Palm WebOS. Our iPhone team has particular strength in geo-location and mapping applications. We have also been selected by Palm, Inc. as a recommended phone application developer.

We can create iPhone apps directly in native Objective C. See Abbott Labs' Similac Mom application on the Apple App Store.

Our current preference is to develop apps using the HTML5 oriented Phonegap system. This allows us to continue to use our full set of strong Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) and Test Driven Development (TDD) practices to create while developing for iPhone and other mobile...

Mobile Platform Analytics

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 27 Jul 2009 at 11:36

Recently, we've been doing a lot of analytics work for clients with social networks and games on mobile platforms ranging from basic phones using SMS to iPhones. The focus in these cases involves discovering the drivers behind customer behavior and developing viable business models against a rapidly changing competitive landscape. Our onsite PhD analytics guru, Tim, has been really key in making this part of our business work, supported by the rest of the offsite team at East Agile. Tim carries some pretty powerful tools in his belt, which includes Hadoop on EC2, SAS, and some special joint-entropy optimization tools.

Application in our Mojo Simulator

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 04 Apr 2009 at 18:19

The following links to a live example of code running in our Palm Pre Mojo Simulator. It is an extension of the simple RSS application in the O'Reily webOS book.

http://www.eastagile.com/uploads/news/

Please note that the simulator is only fully functional in Apple Safari version 4 beta since this is the only browser that supports the HTML5 which is used in Palm Pre applications.

Palm Pre Mojo Simulator

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 02 Apr 2009 at 21:45

As part of our Pre development preparations, we've created a simulator of the Palm Pre Mojo framework. It allows working Mojo/javascript code to be written and executed just as it would on an actual Palm Pre.

    * Provides exactly the same API as the real Mojo framework so that the application-level code will work correctly on Palm WebOS
    * Based on the API specification written in the Palm WebOS book
    * Can support
          o application with multiple stages
          o background process
          o notification system
          o widgets
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Smartphone apps: Fast or Forget It?

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 10 Mar 2009 at 11:40

The iPhone app business has already become quite saturated. The maker of the Dapple app (by all accounts creative and well implemented) reveals how disappointing his sales have been: a little more than $500 in a month. The experience looks a lot like that of Facebook developers. This confirms the need to get to market fast and early, or perhaps not at all in secondary application markets. This is likely remain true with upcoming platforms such as the Palm Pre.