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Bits and bytes on developing rich desktop applications and deciphering bird languages from Twitter

Bits and bytes on developing rich desktop applications and deciphering bird languages from Twitter



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  • Story of A Thousand Birds Bits and bytes on developing rich desktop applications and deciphering bird languages from Twitter @cheeaun #geekcamp 30.5.2009
  • Why a “story”? Noun (pl. stories) 1 an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment. 2 an account of past events, experiences, etc.
  • Why a “thousand birds”? Photo from:
  • So, what is “Rich Desktop Application”? Something sexy.
  • Adobe AIR Appcelerator Titanium
  • More Power for Web Developers
    • Cross-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux)
    • Offline database support
    • File system access
    • Clipboard access
    • Drag-and-drop API
  • To learn Adobe AIR, I’ve tried to create a Tumblr desktop client. … and it went into flames. In case you don’t know what is Tumblr, go to
  • Because I hit a road block with WYSIWYG editors. That’s when another story chips in.
  • MooEditable
  • I lost interest in developing the app, and no more AIR for me. Things gotten quiet as I focus on other stuff.
  • Oh well, at least, I did something and created Fx.WindowBounds A MooTools class for animating AIR windows. which is now outdated and preceded by @kassens ’s MooTools Fire
  • One day, I found Titanium. Photo from:
  • Why Titanium?
    • Current build: Preview Release 3 (PR 3)
    • Open-sourced
    • Supports JavaScript, Python, Ruby
    • Also supports Flash, Silverlight
    • Resources bundled
    • Better performance
  • Yahoo Sideline port uses ¼ memory of AIR app
  • Titanium Developer
  • What’s missing in Titanium?
    • No stable release yet. Still beta.
    • Lack of documentation.
    • Debugging is slightly challenging.
    • So, it’s all trial and error.
  • How to get help?
    • IRC chatroom #titanium_app on
    • Forum
    • Stalk these guys: @jhaynie , @marshall_law , @keeto
  • Don’t worry. Beta is coming on June 9 th 2009.
  • Now, let’s talk about WebKit. It’s everywhere. AIR. Titanium. Safari. Chrome. Adium. Palm Web OS. Even your backyard.
  • Enjoy the WebKit magic
    • HTML5 goodness
    • CSS3 goodness
    • WebKit CSS extensions
      • -webkit-gradient
      • -webkit-animation-*
      • -webkit-transform
      • ::-webkit-scrollbar
      • … and more from
  • This is cool, but something’s missing. I’ve already started enjoying some of these CSS3 goodness when developing Firefox theme(s) – Gecko rendering engine.
  • What’s missing in WebKit then?
    • -webkit-appearance VS -moz-appearance – lack of platform-native styling, eg. ‘button’, ‘progressbar’, ‘tab’, ‘toolbar’
    • -moz-border-*-colors – multiple colors for borders
  • To learn Titanium, I try to create a Twitter desktop client. Photo from:
  • Oh wait, before that, there’s this Twitter clone... Another abandoned project of mine, sadly speaking.
  • Twig Open-sourced
  • It was fun. And now, back to the Twitter client. Google App Engine rocks, by the way.
  • Introducing Chidori. Photo from Naruto animation episodes, basically found from Google Image Search.
  • Chidori on Windows Vista and Mac OSX (The app is still alpha at this point and the UI might change)
  • Stay tuned. Follow @chidoriapp or watch for updates.
  • Thank you. Hope you enjoy the story.