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Story of A Thousand Birds

  1. Story of A Thousand Birds Bits and bytes on developing rich desktop applications and deciphering bird languages from Twitter @cheeaun #geekcamp 30.5.2009
  2. 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.
  3. Why a “thousand birds”? Photo from:
  4. So, what is “Rich Desktop Application”? Something sexy.
  5. Adobe AIR Appcelerator Titanium
  6. More Power for Web Developers <ul><li>Cross-platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) </li></ul><ul><li>Offline database support </li></ul><ul><li>File system access </li></ul><ul><li>Clipboard access </li></ul><ul><li>Drag-and-drop API </li></ul>
  7. 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
  8. Because I hit a road block with WYSIWYG editors. That’s when another story chips in.
  9. MooEditable
  10. I lost interest in developing the app, and no more AIR for me. Things gotten quiet as I focus on other stuff.
  11. 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 which is now outdated and preceded by @kassens ’s MooTools Fire
  12. One day, I found Titanium. Photo from:
  13. Why Titanium? <ul><li>Current build: Preview Release 3 (PR 3) </li></ul><ul><li>Open-sourced </li></ul><ul><li>Supports JavaScript, Python, Ruby </li></ul><ul><li>Also supports Flash, Silverlight </li></ul><ul><li>Resources bundled </li></ul><ul><li>Better performance </li></ul>
  14. Yahoo Sideline port uses ¼ memory of AIR app
  15. Titanium Developer
  16. What’s missing in Titanium? <ul><li>No stable release yet. Still beta. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of documentation. </li></ul><ul><li>Debugging is slightly challenging. </li></ul><ul><li>So, it’s all trial and error. </li></ul>
  17. How to get help? <ul><li>IRC chatroom #titanium_app on </li></ul><ul><li>Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Stalk these guys: @jhaynie , @marshall_law , @keeto </li></ul>
  18. Don’t worry. Beta is coming on June 9 th 2009.
  19. Now, let’s talk about WebKit. It’s everywhere. AIR. Titanium. Safari. Chrome. Adium. Palm Web OS. Even your backyard.
  20. Enjoy the WebKit magic <ul><li>HTML5 goodness </li></ul><ul><li>CSS3 goodness </li></ul><ul><li>WebKit CSS extensions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-webkit-gradient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-webkit-animation-* </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-webkit-transform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>::-webkit-scrollbar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… and more from </li></ul></ul>
  21. 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.
  22. What’s missing in WebKit then? <ul><li>-webkit-appearance VS -moz-appearance – lack of platform-native styling, eg. ‘button’, ‘progressbar’, ‘tab’, ‘toolbar’ </li></ul><ul><li>-moz-border-*-colors – multiple colors for borders </li></ul>
  23. To learn Titanium, I try to create a Twitter desktop client. Photo from:
  24. Oh wait, before that, there’s this Twitter clone... Another abandoned project of mine, sadly speaking.
  25. Twig Open-sourced
  26. It was fun. And now, back to the Twitter client. Google App Engine rocks, by the way.
  27. Introducing Chidori. Photo from Naruto animation episodes, basically found from Google Image Search.
  28. Chidori on Windows Vista and Mac OSX (The app is still alpha at this point and the UI might change)
  29. Stay tuned. Follow @chidoriapp or watch for updates.
  30. Thank you. Hope you enjoy the story.