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Codebits project - Got Gigs?

Got Gigs?

In the last 3 days I've been at Sapo Codebits. It was the first time I attended the event and I can only say that I'll do my best to be at the next one. Three days of absolute awesomeness.

The programming contest was sort of an endurance test. Thirty two hours awake, most of them coding like mad (with some PES2009, lots of pizza and redbull in between).

And the final output of the contest was an iPhone app called Got Giggs?. The project consists of not only an iPhone app, but also a web app that fetches concerts from a given country/city from the Last.fm api and a public api that serves them from our database in various formats including JSON, XML etc.

The iPhone app was built using PhoneGap. This open source tool let's you build apps for mobile devices like iPhone, Blackberry, Android, etc. using HTML and Javascript. The concept is nice, but the lack of decent documentation and examples makes it a harder challenge than it seems at first hand. But with some persistence and lack of sleep we came up with the app almost complete:

Featured | Soon | All Concerts | My Bands | Settings

The presentation didn't ran quite well. First I got nervous when I opened the macbook pro on stage and found out that I only had less than 20 minutes of battery. This laptop normally shuts down to sleep on the 10 minute mark.

I had 90 seconds to present the project, but it seemed more like 10 seconds to me. I didn't even had the chance to explain half of the app's features. That's for being a noob presenting projects in public. But well, lesson learned.

Anyway, this project won't stop here. We will continue developing it to reach a final product. The name will be different and will target only musical events in Portugal. So if you're interested in this web app/ iPhone app, check this blog for more updates.

Overall this experience was very enlightening and definitely worth repeating. Next year will be better ;)