Update: Part 2 of the webcast summary has been posted. Click here.
This article will only be a short summary of the first part of the presentation; we will get into more details later (for now, you can check out our summary of Chapter 1 of the O'Reilly book, which elaborates on much of the same material). Also, full HD video footage is available below in case you missed the webcast.
To begin, Allen gave an introduction on the anatomy of webOS, including basic architecture, cards, and notifications.�
- creating a new project
- adding a scene
- adding a widget
- storing local data
- generating a notification
- using a service
For the simple application, we will look into details in Part 2.
Several questions were brought up in the Q&A session after the webcast, here's a summary of the answers that Palm had for us today.
- They would not comment on the release date for the SDK or the Pre.
- They expect to see a fair amount of games on the platform. Right now, web-based games will be most suitable; other games (that need deeper access to the hardware) will come later.
- When asked if "connected" apps will run when no connection is available, they should. Apps are designed with storage functions so even web apps will have storage functions and be able to cache and load data, rather than just displaying a blank page.
- Headless apps are not limited other than the fact that they have no associated card. They operate in the dashboard panel, and technically can be as functional as a card app.
- The app catalog was mostly under wraps, but will be the primary way to get apps at launch.
- The ability to build apps will not be operating-system specific. The tools in the Mojo SDK will be supported on Mac, Linux and Windows.
- Performance is of primary concern, and once the device has been released, perfomance should be just as good as the pre-release demos from CES and the MWC.
- They are not commenting on how fullscreen will be implemented in 3rd party apps (currently the pic viewer and video player will support this feature), but they stated it was important, and will be looked into. They noted that window sizing will be handled at the system level.
Also notable is that PreDevCamp, an international webOS developer event hosted in over 60 cities, got a plug in the presentation. As a result, 3 more cities�were added to the list. The event is scheduled worldwide for just after the release of the Mojo SDK.
That's it for today. Later, we will look into scenes, widgets and detail the steps that Allen took when building a simple app. The Q&A videos will also be posted. Go to Part 2.
Note: There were audio issues in part 1, so the first 1:35 has no sound. (Only introductory topics were reviewed at the beginning, so nothing too important was missed).
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