Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Attending Triangle JS Meetup

I'm attending the Triangle JavaScript Meetup tonight. They're discussing Toura Mulberry.

the original photo is by mauroguanandi on Flickr
The open source mobile development and deployment tool, not the fruit. @rmurphey from Toura is presenting.

Mulberry is a toolchain and deployment strategy wrapped around PhoneGap. The unofficial description is that it follows a Rails-like approach to the toolchain. As far as deployment is concerned, Mulberry acts as an HTML browser in a private application.

Mulberry attempts to be a full-cycle development stack for applications deployed as embedded Web-browser (using Sinatra?), displaying content from JSON. Most of the responsibility for presentation sits on the mobile device, implemented in JavaScript. In fact, most of the HMTML and markdown gets converted into JSON content data, which is then composed into DOM by JavaScript on the client.

Like Rails, Mulberry is opinionated, and provides generators for scaffolding. It relies upon the exposure of content through a "node" interface to publish data. Several of the artifacts created with the generator are configuration files for things like the media form factors, devices, site map, default content (in markdown), routes, etc. The system is then immediately available to test using "mulberry serve", the built-in server, without a build process. Also like Rails, the system uses special URL formats to convey configuration settings in the running app.

Basically, Mulberry is a single page, off-line application meant for quick deployment.

Mulberry sends most of the content down as a static set of nodes, but the deployment wrapper supports polling for content refreshes. Currently that functionality is limited to content, not including templates or behavior, due to Apple Store guidelines.

Also mentioned
Ripple
Weinre
iWebInspector

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