I am proud to introduce my first iPhone App built entirely using standard HTML5 technologies.
I felt that I had to go with HTML 5 as I did not want to write the app once for the iPhone and once for the Android. I am also open sourcing this application in its entirety, to help future generation of mobile HTML 5 developers learn from my experiences and hopefully help them write solid, cross platform mobile applications using HTML 5.
I use this app every time we go to a pub, or when we are having lunch at the Cambridge Brewing Company.
Before you check it out, my lawyer has advised me that I need to add the following disclaimer:
THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.
I give you: iCoaster.
Stay tuned for my Cheese Table app, coming soon to the iPad.
From my survey on iCoaster for iPad:
"I am currently resorting to use my four iPhones to create one giant iCoaster; this is ridiculous. Need iCoaster HD!!!!"
"Buying an iPad every time I want to put a drink down is expensive, though it is better than getting those little rings all over my shiny new table."
"Four coasters per iPad would be ideal"
"Please keep up the great work. Not sure what I would do without this app, would at least have a lot of ruined coffee tables."
Sadly, we do have some bugs being reported, and I can assure everyone that I am working around the clock to fix these issues. Ensuring that iCoaster is reliable is my top priority:
"If I put my drink on iCoaster, and then rotate my phone to the landscape orientation, my drink gets spilled onto my lap. Please fix this in the iPad version."
Update: We have confirmation that it works on WebOS and Blackberry as well. HTML5 FTW!
Update 2: Due to popular demand, I am launching an effort to bring iCoaster to the iPad. If you want to participate in the beta for iCoasterHD, please fill in this survey, your feedback will help me prioritize features.
Update 3: iCoaster works on walls too: http://yfrog.com/c9wlkogj.
Update 4: For those of you complaining about the missing DOCTYPE Geoff Norton has done what any honorable open source contributor would have done: he forked iCoaster and made it HTML "compliant": icoaster-fork.
Update 5: After today's brouhaha over Apple's HTML 5, Mike Shaver from Mozilla talks about the elephant in the room.
Update 6: iCoaster's HTML 5 fork has been forked to support full-screen on WebKit and Opera browsers.
Update 7: We have a Silverlight port! This enables iCoaster to run on the upcoming Windows Compact Edition Media 7 Series Phone Embedded Release Plus Pro Advanced.
Posted on 04 Jun 2010