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Karl Wilcox Tutorial Starts at 19:00 TT284: Web Technologies Block 3: Mobile Content and Applications
TT284-12B Block 3 Tutorial Tutorial begins at 7pm and will be recorded. Please run the audio setup. IMPORTANT! Be sure to check the News section on the TT284 Website regularly and check the TMA 03 Forum for clarifications and updates BEFORE you submit your TMA!
Reminders and Acknowledgements With thanks to the following TT284 tutors –Frank Cook –Charly Lowndes –Paula Sturdy –Dave McIntyre –Richard Mobbs –Stephen Rice HAVE YOU STARTED THE RECORDING KARL?!
4 Hello And Welcome Welcome Start recording…. HTTP :// XKCD. COM /479/
Agenda Review – Where are we & how did we get here? Feedback on TMA02 Mobile Devices – Some thoughts Mobile devices, handling and detection XSLT Transforms –(A note on XML name spaces) Apps for mobile TMA03 – Questions and queries? Reminders I have material for about 1 hour… …can use additional time for Q&A if required
Practicals Where are we?
TMA02 Feedback - 2 Don’t create unnecessary dependencies –Aim for maximum “abstraction” (independence) Examples –Don’t rely on field width to restrict input length –Don’t rely on database organisation for formatting Database tables can have new columns added Order of elements in an array may change –Use associative arrays for query results
Health Warning! The following presentation contains personal opinion and some scepticism It may not be suitable for those who like nice simple answers (and courses!) You will need to be able to make up your own mind… “I did not answer this questions as my tutor didn’t think it was worth it” Is NOT acceptable for the next TMA… 10
Mobile Devices Characteristics Describe them here please….!
Mobile Device Assumptions Awkward touch-screen input Limited processor power Small keyboard Limited capabilities Some Web site navigation and usability features won’t work. For example, drop-down menus 12
WAP & WML A Warning from History 1999 – mobiles taking off in a big way Demand (& hype) for mobile internet But screens only display text…so Define new markup language – WML Design new infrastructure Publish new comms protocol – WAP 2003/04 WAP traffic doubles! –(but from what to what?) 2013 WAP / WML use - zero 13
The Lesson of WAP WAP & WML did not address what people wanted It addressed what the “lowest common denominator” of technology could do It ignored everything that already existed (HTML, HTTP) It required new technologies and hardware It was designed to generate revenue for the telecoms operators It did NOT succeed! Do not underestimate the ability of technology to provide what people actually want. 14
The Lesson of Mobile Broadcast TV It is equally hard to push technologies for which there is NO demand Mobile broadcast TV is perfectly feasible over 3G networks, handsets had support built in –BUT it turns out that nobody wants to watch broadcast TV on their phones (except in South Korea…) Will this lesson ever be learned…? –Video calling on mobiles (“3”’s big selling point on launch) –3D-TV ??? 15
7 usability guidelines for Web sites on mobile devices 1.Reduce the amount of content 2.Single column layouts work best 3.Present the navigation differently 4.Minimise text entry 5.Decide whether you need more than 1 mobile site 6.Design for touchscreen and non-touchscreen users 7.Take advantage of inbuilt functionality 16 usability/mobile-guidelines.shtmlhttp://www.webcredible.co.uk/user-friendly-resources/web- usability/mobile-guidelines.shtml (accessed 21/06/12) Slide used Last Year
7 usability guidelines for Web sites on (small?) mobile devices 1.Reduce the amount of content Why? Screens are near desktop resolution… 2.Single column layouts work best Are deeply annoying 3.Present the navigation differently As this will confuse and annoy your users! 4.Minimise text entry Predictive text faster than typing for most… 5.Decide whether you need more than 1 mobile site Because we all need MORE work to do! 6.Design for touchscreen and non-touchscreen users 7.Take advantage of inbuilt functionality Like I wasn’t doing this already…? 17 What I think now…
Summary (Personal View!) It is usually a mistake to design a technology to the current, lowest common denominator –Today’s mid-range device is tomorrow’s entry level –Should all TV programmes have a special “Black & White” version for monochrome TVs? You cannot force a technology onto people –But you can show them new opportunities 18 This does NOT mean you can ignore the mobile website content in block 3! All of the technologies discussed are useful (I use them all regularly…) And the TMA requires them as part of the answer!
Options for Mobile Do nothing Design one Web site but use a different style sheet or sheets for mobile devices Have separate Web sites for mobile devices. 19 Check-out the BBC Web site on several devices.
Ripple – An Easy way to try out different device types 20
Detecting Mobile Devices (server) Browser id strings –www.zytrax.com/tech/web/browser_ids.html See also detector.dmolsen.com – tries to categorise broswer (desktop, advanced mobile, basic mobile) from browser string
Handling Mobile Devices Now we (think) we know the device, how can we deliver appropriate content? –Switching stylesheets –Tweaking classes and ids –Transforming content –Separate sites –Frameworks (e.g. Wordpress Themes)
More on Transformations XSLT capabilities – Good for: –Re-ordering content –Selecting elements –Modifying attributes XSLT shortcomings - Not so good at: –Counting stuff (get first ‘n’ items from list) –Being easy to write from scratch –Good starting points at wwbota.free.fr/XSLT_models/README.html
XML Name Spaces - 1 May have come across these reading about XSLT One approach to problem of mixing different XML data –To avoid confusion with same element names Idea is to “prefix” each set of elements with a unique string Typical GLOBALLY unique string is a URI –http://www.karlwilcox.com/schemas/blazon/1.0http://www.karlwilcox.com/schemas/blazon/1.0 Too long / messy to put in front of elements –So provide a “shorthand” prefix, unique to THIS document …. Information….
XML Name Spaces - 2 Having said all that… –Useful to know about namespaces But not always necessary: –Redefine your XML to avoid clashes –Rewrite your XML “on the fly” (e.g. use XSLT before merging) –Work out meaning from context We have 2 title elements – is this really a problem? –Is it simple to tell them apart? Mr. Smith …. XML In a Nutshell — …..
Moving on to Mobile Apps All the preceding discussion –Was about the development of websites specifically for mobiles Development of applications for mobiles is a different thing entirely –Apps are great (but NOT always necessary) –Is the Wikipedia app significantly more useful than the website? Discuss! 27
Developing Android Apps - 1 We will be using a development tool called App Inventor –Provides an Integrated Development Environment –Screen designer –Code designer –Mobile Device Emulator
Developing Android Apps - 2 App Inventor is not a toy! A lot of commonality with professional Android development environment –Approach to User Interface building –Attaching (Java) code to events –Desktop based emulator E.g. Eclipse “Indigo” with Android SDK –(See next slide)
You have some setting up to do: in Part 3 Don’t miss out the Java check 31TT284 Block 3 tutorial. June 2013
Note the useful book part 32TT284 Block 3 tutorial. June 2013
Starting Blocks Editor Sometimes there seem to have been some problems here. Make sure you have the latest java and if necessary make sure it not blocked by your firewall If you are using Firefox, then start the blocks editor by selecting run for the Java download. If you are using chrome, you do not have this choice and must save the file. In which case you must run the file from the downloads folder.
Local Server This is only available for Windows users, not for OSX or Linux It is not needed. The MIT server is perfectly adequate for the TMA So use MIT online for the assignment and only install the local server if you fancy the challenge –(or are stuck on the end of a slow, flaky internet connection)
Extra Tutorials Peter Thomson has provided some excellent tutorials which you will find in the online forums Now, let us consider a simple example…
Connecting to a web page from a mobile device e.g. Google Search Could do this from the phone’s browser Could use a mobile application to provide a mobile deivce specific version –This is what the Wikipedia app discussed earlier does
Phase 1: Requirements for a mobile app to connect to the web From a user perspective –Request the Google web page –View the Google web page From a system perspective –Needs to know when to display the page –Display the Google web page
What components will we need? Look at what is available AppInventor API (Reference documentation)
Development methodology Design first Components Variables Design in App Inventor Code the blocks
Evaluation and Review Does it meet requirements? Does it look ok? Does it behave as it should? How can we improve it?
Phase 2: Requirements for sending search string in URL From a user perspective –Enter the search string to send to Google From a system perspective –Needs to know where to capture the search string –Capture the user search string –Concatenate the Google URL with the search string
Design Components? Variables? Possible issues?
Add the search string to the URL
Add the search string to the URL (detail)
TMA Tips: Project Planning In developing your app there are several key-stages to follow: Have a good understanding of what is required What is essential? What are the nice haves? Produce a Structured plan Produce progression versions. Critically appraise your work Be prepared to start again!
Time management Don’t ignore the first parts Install Ripple and AppInventor when you have quality time to concentrate, and test Allow time for reading AND app development TT284 Block 3 tutorial. June
Use the tutorials Build up your app as modules Test as you go Don’t do more than you need Keep referring to the TMA and what it asks for TT284 Block 3 tutorial. June
Do a draft Then check it Then submit it, before the cutoff date (6 th March 2014) TT284 Block 3 tutorial. June
TMA03: Notes Don’t get bogged down with App Inventor –50% of the marks are for narrative answers in your report! Your App will be tested by me –So read “what to submit” very carefully Don’t try to do too much –Meeting the specification is sufficient Use sensible variable names / button labels etc. –Help me understand your app –It should NOT need a manual! 52
The Diagram This is worth five marks and a fairly simple design will be adequate. But more importantly it is the basis of your subsequent design You may care to provide more detail to help you break down the structure of your app.
Block diagram example - 1
Block diagram example - 2 TT284 Block 3 tutorial. June
Back to Question 3 I will answer questions, but these are to be your ideas. Make assumptions as needed Something like the above is sufficient But you are welcome to do more. Your appInventor will look like a very detailed block diagram made with jigsaw pieces. So the more detail you provide on paper the easier will be the actual build.
Tennis Scoring The tennis scoring system can be quite complicated in real matches, but Required here is a simple subset, so we can use appinventor to make a simple app Don’t attempt more than asked for. There are no extra marks for that.
What to upload to eTMA Your answers to Q1, Q2 and Q3 part a), which should have the filename ‘TMA03.doc’ Your app as a downloaded App Inventor project file (keep it zipped). It should be called ‘OURCscoreyourPI’ e.g. OURCtimerA Do not send a packaged ‘.apk ‘file if you have packaged one. 58TT284 Block 3 tutorial. June 2013
Beware of confusing … “A block diagram showing the code modules to be developed” (YES we need this) With “A screenshot of the blocks of code” (NO NEED) TT284 Block 3 tutorial. June
Any Questions About TMA03?
Reminder about deadlines etc. TMA03 Deadline is noon 6 th March –(Grace period to midnight, but no support available) –Make sure you understand what you need to submit! Block 4 available 3 rd March –Will include part 1 of EMA – the work plan EMA materials available sometime in March –Work plan submission date 17 th April –Final submission date 30 th May NO extensions for EMA (either part!) –Not from me anyway! –You can try student support but you will need a really good reason!
Thank You For Attending! There will be a recording available in the elluminate room in a day or so Downloadable audio and video versions from a few days later Thank you, and goodnight!