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Mobile App

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I noticed that OxWall had a nice responsive mobile design and thought it might work nicely as a mobile app.

I started to research Mobile App Design where the client could connect to a responsive mobile back-end. After experimenting with some custom JavaScript for a night, I came across some amazing technologies called Cordova and Ionic. Basically, theses allow you to create mobile apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript while utilizing Node.js packages for plugins to accelerate development.

I jumped on this and started learning as much as I could about Cordova and mobile app development in general. I found a new technology for creating a hosted web app, also known as a Mobile Web 2.0 App. This amazing tool was turned into a Cordova Plugin is called ManifoldJS.

With ManifoldJS all I had to do was build a W3C Web App Manifest, store it on the server where ManifoldJS / Cordova (plugin) could read it and it would generate a basic app shell for me.

You can then take this app (directory) and use it just as if it were any other Cordova Project. Instead of it being an offline app though, it connects to a web server with a responsive (Mobile) design. I played with this for a few days and found even more features. ManifoldJS can also do script injection for including a JS script on every page. I was able to utilize this for including a custom back button on all pages.

With this idea in place and a basic working app framework, I started creating Web 2.0 Apps. First I created ViXiV Social, which took about two weeks. During this period, I learned more about Cordova, ManifoldJS, Node.JS and brushed up on my JavaScript. After learning everything I could, I paid for a google play developer account to encourage me to keep pushing. I then had to learn Google Play Console and how to publish the App!

ViXiV Mobile App

 

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