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Anne’s Apps – New Development

Ok, so the iWestminster project itself ended in July 2012. The students gave very positive feedback, etc etc and the project was considered successful…

However, I feel that it is a shame to leave it as is, where new students cannot benefit from the work done. The lesson I have learnt here is that Native apps are great but they require a serious amount of maintenance. This is not always compatible with the way projects run (start date and end date and no maintenance funding past the end date). I am therefore going to develop a web version of these mobile apps, as these require much less maintenance, and will work on all the student devices. No funding is currently available to help me, but I am hoping that as I develop and start having things to show, I will be able to raise interest and that support will follow. Furthermore, this development will also help me stay in touch even more with the latest technologies and techniques related to web development, and may also raise an interest in level 4 students for programming :-)

Working with jQuery Mobile 1.0 RC2

Well there have been many changes to jQuery Mobile since I developed the first iWestminster prototype (MiCourse). I believe that jQuery Mobile has reached a level where very few major changes should take place, so I believe it is time for me to rewrite some of my MiCourse and MiModule prototypes to make used of jQuery Mobile 1.0 RC2 (with 1st full release coming out fairly soon I would imagine).

The major changes will be the automatic Back button (whole new approach here) and the collapsibles which can have a background which will improve the application if used carefully. Will try to rewrite all that at the weekend :-)

New collapsible in JQM with optional background

As mentioned earlier, the JQM team has updated the collapsible design, so that it is now possible for these to have a background or no background. This is a fantastic news for this type of application, as I can really easily display collapsible content with the look that is optimal for the chosen content. This is the major addition to the v1.0 RC1 as described in the release notes.

I’ve also had a discussion with the JQM team regarding the possible loss of the bottom rounded corner on the last collapsible header when expanded, see github issue 2584. This will not be implemented but I could still do it if the iWestminster team felt that it was necessary.

Collapsible content in MiCourse

Todd Parker, jQueryMobile Project lead, confirmed by email today that my rounded corner issue (1751 under github) is now fixed and fully part of the new jQuery Mobile release. This new release has caused a new change and we have to decide as a team whether we like the new look of the collapsed collapsible. This now has a background colour. This was reported by MauriceG as issue 2467 . The JQM team is now looking at possibly removing the background colour and offering the user the choice to ‘opt-in’. Will update as this become available.

MiGrade – days to due date

Phil has completed the first version of the “days to assessment due date” view. This view will show visually how many days to the assessment due dates coming. The view will go from 0 days to 50 days, as this was believed to be sufficient. Any assessment due in more than 50 days will have the correct number of days but the bars will go to 50 (max value).

The view can be seen below: