Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on March 14, 2010
My webOS Apps, the great tool I’ve written for webOS developers, is now available in the Palm App Catalog. See my previous post about it here.
Using My webOS Apps a developer for webOS can
- Keep track of their app download count. That’s the real download count, not the inaccurate number shown in the Palm feeds which include updates. You can also see how many apps were downloaded both today and this month, as well as your average download count and your best days download count for each app.
- See each apps user ratings
- Read the comments on each app
- See your downloads for each app in graph form. Three chart types are supported, line, column and area. You can graph the downloads per day, by week or month.
- View a timeline of events for one app or all apps. This shows what happened to an app by date, from submission through to being accepted and published.
- Tweet about your apps directly from the app.
- Auto-Tweet when an app is published. Set up a custom message to be tweeted automatically when an app is published.
- Read your forum posts on developer.palm.com.
- Read the latest forum posts on developer.palm.com.
- See your financial reports per month, showing how much you’ve earned per month.
- Backup and restore your data. As many webOS developers wipe their phone on a regular basis to test different webOS releases, this makes sure you never lose any data.
See the video below for a run through of the app. For a webOS developer, this is an invaluable tool. Once you start using it, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it!
Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on March 11, 2009
I’ve been working on writing Portlets for the Dojo Ajax Toolkit for a while now, and they’re almost ready.
You can see a demo of it at http://www.skynet.ie/~sos/misc/dojo/dojox/widget/tests/test_PortletInGridContainer.html?theme=soria
A Portlet is similar to a dijit.TitlePane, in that it has a title bar, a content area, and is collapsible. However, it should also have the option of being configurable, perhaps using a dialog box or an expandable area. A nice example is the BBC website at http://bbc.co.uk, or the Google Portal http://www.google.com/ig.
Portlets are generally presented in a draggable grid, and a very cool new addition to Dojo is the dojox.layout.GridContainer, which provides this framework.
A number of types of Portlets and Setting widgets will be provided, hopefully in v1.4 (1.3 is in final beta, so this is too late for that).
- dojox.widget.Portlet – this is the basic Portlet, which provides a close button, a collapse button, and a settings button. All of these are optional.
- dojox.widget.FeedPortlet – this Portlet loads an external Atom or RSS feed and displays it as a list. Hovering over an item shows a dijit.Tooltip with a summary of the news story.
- dojox.widget.ExpandableFeedPortlet – similar to FeedPortlet, but instead of using tooltips, a toggle icon is used to show more or less of a news story.
- dojox.widget.PortletSettings – a widget that can be placed inside a Portlet to provide customizable settings for that widget.
- dojox.widget.PortletDialogSettings – like PortletSettings, but the configuration options are displayed in a dijit.Dialog.
- dojox.widget.PortletFeedSettings – provides one or more URLs to Atom or RSS feeds for a FeedPortlet to load.
These widgets offer pretty large set of functionality, which should be sufficient for the majority of peoples needs. However, this is still in active development, and if you have any ideas for cool additions or changes I could make, please let me know.
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Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on April 3, 2008
A great new demo engine has just been released for the Dojo Toolkit. Check it out at http://dojocampus.org/explorer/. It is based on the initial attempt at a demo engine I wrote a few months ago, but has since been updated with new demos, and made infinitely more sexy by css/theme master Nikolai Onken.
The features include:
- Demos for all three Dojo projects – Dojo (the base toolkit), Dijit (widgets) and DojoX (all that is newest and coolest) .
- Source views for all demos. Not only do we show what Dojo can do, we show you how to do it! The source views also benefit from the very cool dojox.highlight project, which provides client side syntax highlighting.
- Addressability – you can link directly to a demo, as I did with the dojox.highlight link above.
- Search feature – a combo box that you can use to quickly find a demo on any subject. For example, type “image” into the box, and you’ll be shown a list of all demos to do with displaying images, such as dojox.image.Gallery, dojox.image.SlideShow etc.
- Cool animated menus – totally aesthetic I know, but a very pretty addition by Peter Higgins. The menus separate the three projects, providing easier, clearer navigation.
- Link hierarchies – each set of demos can have links attached to it, for example to extra tutorials or documentation. If you click a parent of that demo, you are shown all links of all children of that section. For example, click on the DojoX link on the top of the page, and you’ll be presented with a list of all links to all DojoX projects.
- Browser Back Button management. Using the dojo.back package, you can navigate back and forward through the application using the browser’s back and forward buttons.
The demo engine is hosted on the extremely cool Dojo Campus website, which is a new learning resource for all things Dojo. It contains videos, tutorials and much more.
This version of the demo engine has many many examples in it. However, it is only the beginning, and there is a lot of room to add more content. The next step is to open the development process for community submissions of all the cool things people have done with Dojo. We will be making available the demo engine on Subversion, and writing development and submission processes to make it as easy as possible for people to contribute.
This is gonna be big!
Update: see http://ajaxian.com/archives/dojo-mini-and-the-feature-explorer for the Ajaxian post.
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Posted by Shane O'Sullivan on June 15, 2007
I’ve created an example usage of the Dojo Charting engine, which you can find at http://www.skynet.ie/~sos/pageStats.php. View the source to see how it works.
You can filter the data to show info on any combination of pages, and also use a number of different chart types.
The code is well documented, so should be easy to follow.
Some other good examples of using the Dojo Charting engine can be found here and here.
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