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Re: Perlmonks SmartPhone App

by Anonymous Monk
on Jul 15, 2011 at 17:27 UTC ( #914666=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perlmonks SmartPhone App

Hi Monks I know that PerlMonks works fine in a smartphone browser but it is hard to use on a small screen. Is there any way we can make a simple, easy-to-use, PerlMonks app on smartphones? It would be great publicity and a great way to make money for the site. Free iPhone/iPod/iPad apps that crack the top 100 make, on average, $15,000 a month. Please take this into consideration.

But what would it do? See perlmonks iphone app

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Re^2: Perlmonks SmartPhone App
by perl.j (Pilgrim) on Jul 15, 2011 at 17:39 UTC

    It would basically be a simpler PerlMonks layout in app form. Of course, as was said in perlmonks iphone app, we could make a mobile site. But that has it's cons such as no money would be made.

      It would basically be a simpler PerlMonks layout in app form.

      I don't have an iphone, so maybe you could elaborate -- specifically, how it would be different from /bare/?node_id=914664

        It would still have all of the features that PerlMonks on a computer has, just in a more organized, app-friendly layout.

        Hi Anon,

        If you haven't seen a touchscreen iPhone or an iPad, you should go to a store near you and get a demo. In my view it's the biggest paradigm shift since the GUI. If you are viewing this through a normal GUI window (MS or Linux or whatever), it would be hard to explain. First, there is no real keyboard. It is the reason why Google now has a small keyboard in it's search bar. Second it's flat or nearly flat on the table in front of you, like a book. It has no mouse, instead it has all sorts of 'gesture' programming, which means you can scroll by strocking the screen in the direction you want it to scroll. It also has 'kinetic' scroll. Which means it continues to scroll with a gradually damped effect after you finished touching the screen. When it reaches the point you want you just touch the screen again.

        pj is right, pm needs to reflect these new changes in technology. They require interface changes.



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