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6:29 pm on Jul 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have a content site on some kind of instructions and my users have expressed their interest at downloading them on their phone (android, iphone).

Instead of asking my users to bookmark my mobile version in their phone browser, it looks cool to build an app for reading my website, save some of them for offline browsing. It could be more ideal if they can interact (rate articles, leave comments) with their phone.

I actually know how to build a basic PHP script for doing these purposes, but I don't know anything about making a real software with a proper GUI.

My question is, if i make a PHP script for this, any simple way to turn it into an app-like stuff for my users to download?
5:09 pm on July 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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There really isn't any way to convert from a php web application to a full featured app for a smart phone. You can download the Android SDK and have a look through it. If you have any experience with Java you may find it pretty easy. Learning to code for Android is fairly tricky to say the least. I had a few app ideas and ended up giving up on them because I had issues getting to grips with it.

For iPhone is is very similar, there is an SDK that will run on Mac OSX, I don't have any experience with the Apple SDK so not sure about the level of difficulty.

9:52 pm on July 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Like Mack said, you do need some client side code to accomplish what you want to do. So you will need to learn about the SDK or hire someone that does.

Mack, I'll develop those Android app ideas for you, for a reasonable hourly fee, of course. ;)

The above will probably get snipped, but in general, hiring someone to do the work is a reasonable strategy if you don't want to get that deep into it.

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