Friday, February 3, 2012

Building CloudSpokes Discussion Boards with jQuery Mobile

As administrators, one of our main tasks here at CloudSpokes is to reply to questions that members ask on the challenge discussion boards. Since we have multiple challenges running at any time and the community is global in nature, questions come in at all times of the day and night.  Members don't know (or care) if we are sleeping, playing at the park with our kids or out to dinner. They have questions and need answers... quickly. We wanted to write a mobile app to make our lives easier and allows us to reply to member questions and feedback from our mobile devices (Android, iPhone, iPad and Android tablets). So we started the Mobile Discussion Boards with jQuery Mobile challenge and got three really good submissions. Make sure you check out their submission videos.

pietje200 -  demo application
Place: 1
Money: $250
talesforce - submission video
Place: 1
Money: $250
Kenji776 -  submission video
Place: 1
Money: $250

Unfortunately not one submission absolutely "hit it out of the park". I really love pietje200's submission because it utilized the Play! framework on heroku with OAuth. The only downside was the UI wasn't as polished as we'd like. Both talesforce and kenki776 submitted their enties on Force.com. While each of them had some really cool features (keyword search, replying as an administrator, etc) neither one incorporated authorization. Therefore, we split the money three ways and gave them all first place.

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