dodo recap16 April, 2012
The Code52 team had some big news over the weekend which I will address in a later post, but before we should get to the fun stuff about dodo.
What's been done so far
This week has been about setting up a baseline and implementing core functionality.
At this point in time, the project is split into two distinct features:
- dodo - a Windows 8 Metro application.
- boxkite - a library for interacting with the Twitter API in .NET 4.5 Metro.
The application currently supports:
- OAuth login
- Browsing the user's timeline, mentions, retweets and messages.
- settings storage - persisting the user's token between sessions
- diagnostics capture - so that we can log messages to the application's sandbox for debugging purposes.
Other functionality which as been started on but not integrated into master includes
- Grouping tweets by relative time ("just now", "last hour")
- Semantic Zoom - collapse a group of tweets to see just the user's avatars
- User Streams - rather than querying for data periodically, Twitter can stream data down to an open connection inside the app.
Once boxkite is feature-complete, tested and documented, it will move to a separate repository with NuGet packages available so that people can consume the API.
There are no immediate plans for boxkite to support other framework versions, as:
- it uses a number of .NET 4.5-specific features - including async/await and WebAuthenticationBroker.
- there are a number of existing libraries out there for .NET apps
- I would prefer to focus on the dodo application itself in the short term.
The future of dodo
Yes, that's a joke.
I'm keen to continue building this application for several reasons:
- many developers have been interested/curious to learn about it - while the concept of a Twitter app are familiar, being able to see the internals is where the real educational value lies.
- I still have an urge to create a different experience for people to interact with Twitter. With the basics done, the next step is to focus on the UX.
- There is enough lead time to have something ready for when Windows 8 ships.
- There is still a lot of work still to do.
And yes, others are more than welcome to get involved. Come hang out.