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Why is there no app for coderanch?

 
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As the title says, why is there no app?
 
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She very short answer is: because we haven't written one.

The slightly longer answer is: because we have a mobile version of the site, that you can access from your mobile... obviously, and it does pretty much all the things we think you'd want to be able to do from a mobile.

What would you expect to see from an app that our mobile view doesn't provide?
 
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I would want an app so I could be notified when someone responds to my posts or when someone likes my posts. Otherwise, I'm stuck periodically refreshing the page.
 
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You can use the RSS feeds for most (all?) of the topics created in this site. You can therefor subscribe to the RSS feeds for the topics that interest you.
 
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We have email notifications for those actions that you can configure from your user profile page. I suppose you were looking for mobile push notifications? We don't have that, sorry.
 
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Apps are overrated. You need at a minimum one for desktop machines (we'll postulate it's a Java web start app so as not to have to write for Windows, Linux, BSD, Apple, etc.) plus one for IOS and one for Android, all sucking resources from the main development effort. They often run less than optimally for a given device's screen size and resolution. It's hard enough making mobile websites work well.

RSS is a very useful way to stay on top of things, but don't forget that we can also email notices when a forum has had a message added or a response to a message thread you've participated in. This is my normal mode of operation, in fact.
 
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