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Pankaj Shet
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Hi Team,

I have seen javaranch on facebook too..
I tried searching for javaranch app on mobile.
But no app is available.

I feel javaranch is the well reputed forom and it should have its own mobile app in today's mobile world.

What's your say??

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-Pankaj.
 
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That would be neat. Are you interested in developing it?

In the mean time, the forums have a mobile site, so they're relatively painless to use on a small screen.
 
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If given a chance, Yes I would definately like to take this opportunity.
 
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Pankaj Shet wrote:If given a chance, Yes I would definately like to take this opportunity.


There is no need for a chance to be given. Since Javaranch forum is based on JForum, you can easily build something for the mobile using JForum without anyone asking you to do something.

I really do not see the need for a Javaranch mobile app. I will never ever keep installing countless apps on my mobile phones while I can access them crystal clear through a browser on my mobile phone!
 
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Currently, no app is in the works, or even designed, so whoever works on it would have wide latitude on what to do.

Since Javaranch forum is based on JForum, you can easily build something for the mobile using JForum without anyone asking you to do something.

This assumes that the app would primarily be an app version the forums. Given that currently no design of any kind for an app exists, that may or may not be the case. If it is about the forums, then it would not be as simple as you make it out to be - our JForum version differs significantly from stock JForum. And since neither version has a REST API -a prerequisite for an app- the app couldn't be developed entirely removed from the Ranch team, as we'd take an interest in any API that gets potentially added to the forum software.
 
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But then it must be having its SOAP Based Web-Services right?
 
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REST has pretty much replaced SOAP as the default choice for WS these days. And the mobile SOAP stacks (at least on Android) leave a lot to be desired, so it would be a REST WS.
 
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If Java ranch Expose data as SOAP Webservices , we can have a middleware which can process SOAP webservices and convert into REST based so that those REST can be consumed by Mobile app?
 
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Not sure who you mean by "we", but that's a complication we wouldn't want as part of the Ranch software. Why implement (and then convert) a SOAP WS when what we really want is a REST WS?
 
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Pankaj Shet wrote:If Java ranch Expose data as SOAP Webservices , we can have a middleware which can process SOAP webservices and convert into REST based so that those REST can be consumed by Mobile app?


That is just unnecessary complication. Like Ulf mentions, REST WS has mostly replaced SOAP based services. If you are trying to build something new, stay away from SOAP. These days I simply hate to even support SOAP infrastructure.
 
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Yes, As mentioned here

And since neither version has a REST API -a prerequisite for an app- the app couldn't be developed entirely removed from the Ranch team


I thought that Javaranch did not have REST -services and that it use SOAP services, so I thought SOAP services can be converted into REST services..

By the way, how can javaranch expose their data?

 
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Neither the forums nor any other part of the site have a WS API, beyond a minimal REST API that was recently implemented: http://www.coderanch.com/how-to/java/RestApis. If the site were to grow a larger API, it would be REST.
 
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If Access to database and stored procedures or the source from which the data is shown is provided, RESTful Web services can be created and consumed directed by the app..

So Can I get database access?

 
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Pankaj, we'll talk this over amongst moderators, and we'll get back to you soon.
 
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Ok no probes..
 
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