Do you like asp.net web
site content? Do you enjoy reading fine selected articles about ASP.NET
and related technologies? Me too, but I spent most of the reading from
my iPad. And unfortunately asp.net
is not that mobile friendly yet, moreover articles are just a bunch of
links to developers blogs, that might not so be adapted for mobile
devices as well.
So, I would like to introduce mobile application that I created to close the gap. Please welcome http://aspnetmobile.apphb.com/.
is rather simple application. Despite of many similar apps that uses
RSS channel, it goes for ASP.NET portal simple external API. RSS is bad
in the way that you are limited with initial content (typically up to 25
articles on channel). With aspnet.mobile you freely can access any article ever posted on ASP.NET.
It's powered by jQuery Mobile
that currently provides more "iOS-look" interface. I'm happy with that
currently but I plan to have native look for Android and WP7 as well, so
I thinking either to change the framework or to create custom one. But
it currently looks and works great on iPad.
I didn't want to just refer reader to developers blog, for the reason
above. Instead, I much inspired by iOS 5.0 Safari feature called
'Reader'. A bit of googling and I found that Safari using technology
There are different ports of that technology for a different platforms:
Ruby, PHP, Python, Node.js.. and I was happy to find great
implementation of NReadability by Marek Stoj. Basically, it allowed me to render nice looking pages, like:
Besides of that it has a basic support of offline mode. All read
articles are stored in Local Storage, so once the application offine it
will provide proper behavior and propose some content.