#iSoc12 tip&skip, problem officer?
Hello, this is Sjimi! It has been a while since my last blogpost so I knew I had this one coming. Let’s do this!
Wednesday, last week, after I had completed a prototype for tip&skip I found an application which does exactly the same as what tip&skip should do. A major setback I thought at first. But eventually I acknowledged this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Actually it proves what I had stated before. An application on top of SMS tickets is very, very viable and the value added is immense.
But that application only focused on buying from your phone. So I continued my quest in a slightly different direction, buying for the phone from a computer.
A lot of things needed to be done. First I needed a phone to deploy my application. Luckily I found a Nokia Lumia 800 with Windows Phone 7.5. After some days I managed to ‘developer unlock’ it without paying € 75 (all legit). I cracked up my Windows after many o’ days of Ubuntu and started tinkering with Phonegap. Suprisingly fast, I was able to deploy my web application. Next, I used PubNub to be able to send push messages to my phone to trigger an SMS ticket. PubNub is some wicked HTTP Streaming/Long-Polling mechanism (NOT WebSockets) and is super fast.
Currently the main flow of the application – ‘web site’ (at the moment not much of a website) is finished. So to say the prototype is finally looking like something. I hope to draw some conclusions from it very soon.
Not without kind regards, Sjimi.