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What webOS app to work on next? [Sep. 2nd, 2010|10:51 pm]
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Having finished We the People and done some small changes to earlier apps, I'm raring to work on a new webOS app for my Palm Pre. (partially feeling invigorated by the announced webOS 2.0 features)

So here are my ideas:

A client to easily browse Reddit.
- Pro: I've played around with it a little and gotten some stuff to work, which is promising.
- Pro: There's a real API which looks pretty easy to interact with.
- Pro/Con: There are already a few existing Reddit clients, although none of them are in the full App Catalog (one's in beta, I believe?)
- Con: It would be a lot of work to make pages look attractive, especially since I suck at it.
- Con: I'm not sure how much more useful it is than just going to the Reddit site in the browser.
- Con: I couldn't see charging more than $1.99 for it, and I'm not sure how many people would be interested in buying it.

A bridge game (probably single-player only, at least at first)
- Pro: There are no existing bridge games in the Catalog. Even in Apple's I only see two.
- Con: That's probably because it's a huge pain to write AI that bids well. And if it doesn't bid well, it's almost useless.
- Pro: I could see charging $5-$10 for it if I spent the time to do it well.
- Con: Bidding aside, it's still a lot of work to put in correct play, proper scoring, fancy card graphics, etc. I'm not convinced I won't give up or lose interest before I'm done.

Mystery option #3, which I just thought of
- Pro: Uses some exciting new features in webOS 2.0, like <redacted>!
- Con: It's not a very original idea, and I bet someone can beat me to it.
- Pro: But it would be kinda fun to write and play around with...and I would use it...
- Con: But I can't start working on it until webOS 2.0 releases, whenever that is.
- Pro/Con: Probably a 99 cent app, although a fairly wide audience.

What do you think? (open to other ideas!)
Poll #1614363 webOS app plans

Which app should I work on?

Reddit client
0(0.0%)
Bridge game
1(16.7%)
Mystery option #3
5(83.3%)
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Comments:
[User Picture]From: onefishclappin
2010-09-03 12:31 pm (UTC)
I'll help you w/bridge AI if you want...
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[User Picture]From: djedi
2010-09-03 03:40 pm (UTC)
Uhm, bridge sounds really hard but pretty fun. It's hard to turn down mystery though.
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[User Picture]From: copperwolf
2010-09-03 06:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not familiar with Reddit nor with webOS, so I don't know if my answer counts for much. =)
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[User Picture]From: wonderjess
2010-09-04 12:46 am (UTC)
Hold on there. A boat is just a boat, but a mystery box could be anything. It could even be a boat!
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