Mapping Cats with Ares

0 BY devrel

One of the great unsung webOS tools is Ares. The Ares visual IDE lets you build and test webOS apps quickly. So quickly in fact, that it can be used to catch cats…

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Civicwebs Hackathon in Portland. This is an all day event where local hackers get together to build code for the benefit of the city. Mostly, these revolve around producing or consuming local government data in interesting ways that will benefit the populace. One of their most intriguing projects is the CatMapper.

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Topics  Featured Apps

Preview Image Widget Implementation

0 BY devrel

This post is the second in the series describing the usage and implementation of the preview image widget developed for the Featured Apps app. The first post can be found here.

Today’s posts covers the general implementation details of the widget as well as the movement and animation implementation.

Layout

Implementation of this widget is fairly straightforward from an HTML standpoint, consisting of a series of divs, with the associated JavaScript and CSS performing most of the heavy lifting.

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PDK Hot Apps: MiniSquadron

0 BY Fred Patton

[Editor's note: After reviewing X-Plane, your intrepid editor's son discovered MiniSquadron, and asked if we would let him write another review. Who are we to turn down such willing help? Enjoy!]

As you can probably tell from my last review, I love planes. I also love arcade games. When you combine the two, you have me hooked. In MiniSquadron, you pilot a fighter plane in a cartoon world filled with ducks, seagulls, and enemy fighters of all varieties. Your job is to defeat the waves of enemies as they come in, collecting power-ups and unlocking new planes along the way.

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PDK Hot Apps: X-Plane

0 BY Fred Patton

Editor’s note: Today, we’re featuring a guest blogger – your intrepid editor’s son Rick,  who is 14 and almost as big a flight simulator buff as his dad. When I mentioned that I intended to do an”Interesting Apps” post on X-Plane, he quickly volunteered to do it for me!

We’re both big fans—I was probably one of the very first purchasers of X-Plane for webOS—and we’ve both had a blast playing the many versions of X-Plane that are available. Take it away, Rick!

I’ve played flight simulators for a long time, and when I first played X-Plane for webOS, I was amazed how well it compared to the desktop versions of X-Plane and other simulators. While most of the game apps I’ve played focus on making either the environment, characters, or gameplay beautiful, X-Plane was able to combine all of those characteristics into one amazing package.

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Featured Apps Preview Image Widget

0 BY devrel

Preview Image Widget
For Featured Apps we wanted to provide an attractive means for users to view the application preview images. Initially we investigated attempting to scale the ImageView widget to provide this functionality but its logic is tuned for displaying a single image and did not fit this design well, thus the creation of the new widget.

This UI displays up to three images to the user at a single time with one image being the focal point and portions of the next and previous images displayed for the user on either side of the focused image. The user is able to swipe between each of these images, allowing them to display an entire list of images without taking up significant screen space or resources.
Since this sort of UI may be a common need we have decided to open source its implementation as well a highlight some of the challenges that we ran into during it’s implementation. Today I will be covering just the usage of this widget, but future posts will highlight some of the nitty gritty details of the implementation.

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