Thursday, March 7, 2013

Windows Phone 8 App

I had my Windows phone 8 phone for some time now. And I only done some small tests with developing for Widows Phone 8 and it was very easy to get started.

But to really learn how to create apps on WP8 I need to create a complete app so I been trying to figure out what I should create. It does not have to be very useful for everyone. But it need to be something I would want to spent some time on and it should include network communication, Live Tile and some UI.

After thinking about it for a couple of days this is what I come up with.

I use AWStats get some of the web-statistics from my MultiCommander web site.
And I would be great if I could get this stats in my phone.

The problem is that AWStats does not have a web API. And I did not find anyone that created one so I would first need to create a way to deliver the data to the app.
I think I will try to create an API that return the AWStats data as JSON. And then consume the JSON data in the WP8 app and then show the data.

I also want a live tile that is update from a background task so I get some of the web-statistics directly on a tile.

I Think I will call the app "AWStats Viewer"

So I need to start with the server side and investigate how I can return AWStats data from the site to the app.

(To be continued..  Unless I give up..)

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