When I started developing WaterOnMars, the fashionable toolkit for web GUI work was the version 2 of Twitter Bootstrap. Of course, by the time my project reached a truly usable state, the version 3 of bootstrap was released and the version 2 stopped being maintained. Another example of the perpetual obsolescence developers have had to face since the dawn of time (e.g the 70’s).
Version 3’s major feature being its first class support for mobile platform and my main usage of WaterOnMars being via a tablet, migrating was really tempting but I had no idea how much work I’d have to put into it.
I did it a few weeks a go though and the good news was that it’s been much much easier that I thought.
I’ve been using wateronmars on a daily basis for approx. 3 weeks now and here are my first impressions:
- Christmas time is the worst possible time period when to test a news reader (most of the feeds I’m subscribed to where on a break then)
- considering a beta test period before bragging about one’s software is a must (the last two big shameful bugs were detected and corrected during the first week)
- it’s really great to use a news reader again ! (I stopped trying other readers after the shutdown of Google reader)
Apart from that wateronmars has improved a little with some bug fixing and some speed optimization but most of all I’ve added a new way to display the sieve that is specific to mobile devices. It can be seen on the demo site (and even without a mobile device by selecting the “carousel” view).
By customizing a little Twitter Bootstrap‘s carousel and pluging in the TouchSwipe-Jquery-Plugin library it was relatively easy to handle a”(touch) swipe”.
So we can now go through the news as with a pysical newspaper, and it’s become my main way to use wateronmars :)