Rails on mobile

Hi guys,
I have just started coding in rails… wanted to know if I could code an
application for a mobile device in RAILS…

On Oct 12, 2007, at 11:03 PM, Vinay B. wrote:

Hi guys,
I have just started coding in rails… wanted to know if I could
code an
application for a mobile device in RAILS…

Define “mobile.”

If you mean WML/WAP I don’t know about that.

But if your goal is to reach PDAs, then yes, it’s the same as
developing for the desktop except you have to:

  • accommodate small screens (240 and 320 px minus on-screen controls
    so I just go with making sure it can work in 200px),

  • minimize/eliminate graphics as non-3G devices will really be slow
    otherwise

  • assume there’s no cookies, no javascript, and no ajax, or at least
    make the app work well without them.

Stick to well structured HTML and minimal CSS requirements, and it’s
pretty easy.

– gw

Greg W. wrote:

On Oct 12, 2007, at 11:03 PM, Vinay B. wrote:

Hi guys,
I have just started coding in rails… wanted to know if I could
code an
application for a mobile device in RAILS…

Define “mobile.”

If you mean WML/WAP I don’t know about that.

But if your goal is to reach PDAs, then yes, it’s the same as
developing for the desktop except you have to:

  • accommodate small screens (240 and 320 px minus on-screen controls
    so I just go with making sure it can work in 200px),

  • minimize/eliminate graphics as non-3G devices will really be slow
    otherwise

  • assume there’s no cookies, no javascript, and no ajax, or at least
    make the app work well without them.

Stick to well structured HTML and minimal CSS requirements, and it’s
pretty easy.

– gw

ok so what you are saying is that its the same as developing an
application for the desktop but just take care of these specs you
mentioned… also what do u suggest… aobut WAP… should i bother much
about it… or just leave it out… basically this application is for
personal use…

On Oct 12, 2007, at 11:31 PM, Vinay B. wrote:

so I just go with making sure it can work in 200px),
mentioned…
Yes – for any phone/PDA that uses an HTML “browser” (i.e.
BlackBerry, Treo, and many other nowadays).

also what do u suggest… aobut WAP… should i bother much
about it… or just leave it out… basically this application is for
personal use…

If “personal use” really means just for you, and you have an HTML-
capable phone, then you don’t need to have anything to do with WAP/
WML at all.

If “personal use” means any user for non-business purposes, then
whether you want to address WML is up to you comes down to
understanding your target audience and how prevalent those phones
would be – and how suitable your app is the WML environment.

I got curious. You can google for ‘ruby rails wml’ and get a few
hits. It appears it can be done.

– gw

Greg W. wrote:

On Oct 12, 2007, at 11:31 PM, Vinay B. wrote:

– gw

ohh great… thanks a million…

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