In the process of preparing the conference applications for 360|Flex DC, I decided to take the framework I was developing using the prerelease for AIR for Android and try to crank out a conference application for FITC’s upcoming conference. I knew I was going to be doing some manual data entry, but thought it would be a fun challenge.
Taking the lead from the visual design of the existing website, I began to skin my application to reflect their style. Once their iPhone app was released, I modified a few elements to stay in visual sync.
The app is driven from an internal SQLite database, and was built using Flash CS5 Professional.
Wish I was attending FITC, and hear all the great talks, but not this year.
I have to give a big thank you to Renaun Erickson for helping me track down a nasty bug.
I did not get to add any physics (shameful since my degree is in physics) to any of the lists, so don’t expect a flick gesture to do anything. You never know, there might be an update during the show, and since I don’t have to wait days or weeks for some other company’s approval, I can just send out a tweet to a new apk file.
I was really impressed at the overall performance I was able to achieve with the app. I know it is not a game, but the list scrolling seems smooth, and for the most part the development process is very smooth.
I was able to add the favorite functionality to the application, simply touch the star icon in the upper left, to mark the session as a favorite. Now, you can access your favorite sessions right from the home screen. I feature I did not get to was being able to view the presenter’s biography from within the session details. Like I said before, there might be an update…
One thing I like on the iPhone is their user interface for contacts. I was not able to create an index feature for the speaker list, so Doug Winnie is just going to have to scroll to find himself. I hope in future builds of this framework I will have a search function. I also debated which is ‘best’ order to display a list like this? Love to hear your thoughts on it.
I also included the schedule of the Voodoo Lounge. I plan on having it up on my screen next week, but I doubt I will be enjoying a beer (Coke Zero will have to do).
I hope you find this application useful and welcome any feedback you have.