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Using Virtual Hosts on the Android Emulator

We know that it is a very good practice to use Virtual Hosts on your local machine to develop websites locally. Using paths like http://localhost/site1 are not only bad looking, it gives problems when you reference files, images, ... relative to your domain. It also helps you get better organised.

There are some steps to undertake in your systems hosts file and in your apache server in order to get these virtual hosts running. Just google or Bing for a tutorial.

Device detection in apache

As maintainter of the Drupal Mobile Tools module I often get the question how device detection works when caching is enabled (e.g. with Boost).

Several solutions are emerging. Two of them worth looking at:

- http://www.projectronin.com/blog/?p=10
- http://www.idelfuschini.it/en/apache-mobile-filter-v2x.html

Both are doing device detection in apache.

HOW TO: Optimize Your Mobile Site Across Multiple Platforms

Mashable has written a simple and short write up on creating a mobile website:

http://mashable.com/2010/07/13/mobile-web-optimization/

It is short, but contains some links to good resources on developing mobile website.

Foursquare module for Drupal

This week I launched a Foursquare module for Drupal.

The launch of this module fits in a local experiment that lists several NYC based bars. This effort resulted in http://www.buybacknyc.com.

Further, this twitter quote directed to me raises some serious issues that must be addressed thoroughly in the Drupal community ;)

UiTinVlaanderen, cultural events now mobile with Siruna

uitinvlaanderen
UiTinVlaanderen (dutch for 'Going out in flanders') is the biggest cultural events site in Belgium and it is powered by Drupal.

Amplexor, an IT services company specialized in content management systems, has now created a mobile version of the site optimized for all mobile devices.

The mobile site allows you to quickly navigate through all the events in your neighborhood and the mobile website augments the experience by taking your GPS coordinates into account.

The website provides an easy way to browse through all the events across Flanders, view event and location information.

Together with the recently launched mobile Drupal site of http://www.stubru.be, this is again an example of how Siruna powers Drupal in order to leverage a mobile audience.

The site can be accessed with your mobile device by surfing to http://www.uitinvlaanderen.be

If you want to experiment with creating a mobile Drupal site, surely check out OSMOBI

Siruna Rocks

stubru
....with the release of m.stubru.be the mobile site of the nr.1 public broadcast radio station "Studio Brussel".

Studio Brussel, the nr. 1 radio station of the Belgian public broadcaster VRT has released last week it's mobile website using Siruna technology.

CMSExpo Chicago: Building your mobile CMS

Come to the 2010 CMS Expo

From 3 to 5 may you will find a part of the Drupal, Joomla! and Wordpress community at CMSExpo Chicago.

3 days packed with knowledgable speakers such as Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal and Wilco Jansen, one of the main driving forces behind Joomla!

The conference will be packed with sessions covering the internals and externals of the most popular open source CMS systems today.

This year I am very glad that Mobile has entered the schedule and that I was invited to give a talk about creating a mobile CMS.

a new year, brings a new OSMOBI release!

We are working hard these days to make sure that OSMOBI enables Drupal and Joomla! developers to go mobile with their existing installations, and this by doing a minimum of effort (and cost).

Since our Beta launch on Drupalcon Paris, we have come a long way towards creating this service. Build on top of our open source content transcoder we allow automated transcoding of your site + optimization using a (hopefully :)) user friendly GUI.

And today we are happy to announce a new OSMOBI release. Most notable changes are:

  • Performance gains of the Joomla! plugin and Drupal module
  • Support for image resizing
  • More customization possible of the default theme
  • Applying style changes to "id", "class" attributes and the choice of applying them to the current page, or all pages.
  • ....

For who want's to take a look at the architecture, we have published our manual.

DrupalCamp NY 2009: Session notes (Mobile Drupal)

This weekend another wel organized Drupalcamp New York took place: http://groups.drupal.org/new-york-city

I could only attend half a day of the conference, but enough to see that the rest of the day would be great... For the next edition, new locations are being sought that can accommodate more Drupal enthusiasts.

At the event, Siruna was of course sponsor in an effort to support the Drupal community (of course) but also to promote Osmobi: http://www.osmobi.com

(Before your read further, head to http://www.osmobi.com, create an account and mobilize one of your drupal sites!! ;)).

Application development using webtechnology

A framework to keep an eye on: http://www.phonegap.com

PhoneGap allows you to use HTML, Javascript and CSS to create mobile applications using native functionality such as:
- access the camera
- access the contact list
- get geolocation information
- read acceleration data
- creating beeps and vibrations

The great thing is that no complicated Java or Objective C development is needed to make powerfull applications... It works for most major mobile devices: iPhone, Android, Palm Pré, Symbian, Blackberry and in the future Windows mobile.