Task list mobile app on the iPhone, iPad, Safari, Chrome.
Realization is ready to enter the smart phone app world. Luckily, I’ve been experimenting with it for a while already. The company now needs to put the task list module of our web-based project management application on the all smartphone devices; iPhones, iPads, Androids, Blackberries, etc.
To get this started, I created a working prototype of our task list with Sencha Touch. Sencha Touch is an HTML5 framework, which makes it possible to use the same code to work on all mobile devices with a webkit browser. This prototype works on the iPhone, iPad, Google Chrome, Android and Safari. The app looks and feels more like a native app than a mobile website.
This app accesses a webservice API. I created the webservice API with ASP.Net (asmx file). The webservice returns data in json format and then takes this json data and puts the it in a store to display the list.
*update: I see great potential using Sencha Touch as the programming framework of choice when creating mobile apps for all the mobile devices.
Our new dashboard feature was presented at our annual conference, Project Flow 2011, to rave reviews! Project managers and executives who use our web-based software once had to scour through several charts and reports to see the information they need for the day. However, with the new dashboard design, most of the essential information can be seen on one screen.
The charts are generated using a 3rd Party add-on called ChartFX.Net from SoftwareFX. I used jQuery to populate the widgets with data. jQuery was also used to display enlarged widgets in a modal dialog box. All the widgets were generated with ASP.Net code.
*update: The dashboard feature was officially released to clients on Dec 13, 2012.
web-based customer portal
The Realization technical support team needed a way to streamline their processes with customers using a web-based application. They occasionally conduct workshops and learning sessions and needed a way for our clients to register for these classes. The IT team also needed a way for certain clients to be allowed to download files and software releases. It was my responsibility to come up with a design and take it to completion.
I created this web application using ASP.Net with SQL Server as the database. The application administrator section allows the admin to add/remove workshops, upload files for users to download, and set the user’s permissions.
Realization Customer Support Portal
In addition to migrating Realization’s web-based project management software from ASP to ASP.Net, we also upgraded our charts from ChartFX to ChartFX.Net. ChartFX.Net gave me the ability to put in gradient colors and shadow borders. However, it lacked a smooth scrolling data grid. Once again, I improvised by using HTML to overlay the chart with my custom-made, smooth scrolling data grid.