Google’s excellent Chrome Web Browser lets you install “Web Apps” available from the Chrome Web Store. These are a cross between a bookmark/favorite and IE9’s Pinned Sites feature. Good web apps take advantage of HTML 5 features, like offline storage, and can run in the background. However, a lot of the so-called “apps” in the webstore are just links to websites. The advantage of having them as Apps are that you have the option for them to open in various ways (see the screenshot)
One of my twitter buddies was wondering why there was no twitter app in the webstore.
I replied saying that Tweetdeck (now owned by Twitter) is a great Chrome app, one of the top ones on the store but James likes the simplicity of the Twitter site itself (and his custom background!).
I found it a bit bizarre that no-one has created one but after trying to make my own I found out why. The Chrome Web Store only lets you publish an app linking to a URL if you are the owner of that site! So only someone working at Twitter would be able to publish this. Continue reading
I was very fortunate to get gifted a 12 month AppHub subscription from Microsoftie Mike Ormond.
This means I can develop apps and games for Windows Phone 7 and Xbox!
This is all very exciting and means I can get into development again. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any hardcore coding and I’m looking forward to the opportunity. I’ve had loads of ideas for apps as I have been using my own Omnia 7 phone so that should keep me busy.
As a quick test I submitted an app I created a few months back with AppMakr. This is a free service that helps you build apps from any RSS feed e.g. a blog, twitter feed,YouTube channel etc. It was really easy to do and also lets you add in advertising. This means I can offer my app for free while also funding next years AppHub subscription. I also found the App Submission walkthrough on CodeGuru very useful. Hopefully I’ll get some more useful apps out soon and who knows, maybe even a game, but for now I’m hitting the submit button and awaiting approval!
I just got hold of a really useful (multi-platform) tool called Gyazo. It is a single-minded app that will upload an image of whatever you select up to their website to allow easy sharing to twitter, facebook or whatever.