Mobile RSS New York Times demo
This demo displays on your mobile devices news and topics sourced form the New York Times web site.
This mobile application is developped through a Convertigo Mobilizer project, based on the Sencha/PhoneGap framework. It demonstrates several features of Convertigo-EMS:
- HTML connector (Convertigo Web Integrator) to access to the New York Times website,
- HTTP connector to read and process the NYT RSS feeds,
- Sequencer to orchestrate and filter the data retrieval and save cached copies of topics hierarchy,
- Mobilizer to create the dynamic user interface as a mobile Web application and a mobile native application.
Deep dive into the details
The project works by first downloading and caching on the Convertigo Server the topics hierarchy list. This is done by using the HTML connector parsing the NYT website HTML and structuring it as an XML tree. Then, Convertigo Sequencer writes the XML tree to a persistent file storage by using the WriteXML step.
For each topic we use the HTTP connector to read the RSS feeds and expose them as JSON data to the mobile application.
Finally, the mobile application uses the Sencha/PhoneGap framework of Mobilizer to call the JSON transactions/sequences and to display touch based user interface. PhoneGap turns this HTML 5 coded application to a full native "appstorable" mobile application.
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