The URI is a handy thing, it’s kind of like a Command Line Interface. A URI lets you target a site or an app and pass it data and then see a result in some form. Nearly everyone will know and understand that to load a web page we enter http:// or more recently (and more importantly) https://, but Apps can also be targeted directly with a custom form of the ‘https’ prefix called a custom scheme.
I was writing about Service Discovery the other day and I have some thoughts about how we can do inter-app communication on the web more effectively than what we can today. Interactions between web and web, web and apps and apps and web is something that many of you may know that I am passionate about, but it is incredibly hard and using the intent syntax in Android is a great start but has huge problems because it is not portable.
It's not a pretty picture, but we have some solutions
I have a little script that I use to keep me sane
This story starts a long time, was tickled into existing after I visited FlipKart in Bangalore and was finalized after an internal conversation about the fact that it is impossible to trigger the share dialog in Android from the web. Lots of people want it, it turns out everyone thought it wasn't possible. It is.*
Web Developers. It's a long road ahead
You say Mobile, I say 'Mobile X'.
I've spent this week in India doing more research about Web Development in India and how mobile is changing that. Publically at least it is not rosey, app development and app thinking is very high whislt building for the web with mobile in mind is very low.
The web is changing, we need to adapt
On the web determining and adapting to network type the user is on is incredibly hard. Until now.
I learnt a lot of things in India. 3: 2G is still a big thing and web developers can't do anything about it
I learnt a lot of things in India. 2: UC Browser is trying to be the browser for the region
I learnt a lot of things in India. 1: Proxy browsers don't work
I love (actual love) the `window.performance` API. Use it to help speed up your site.
I am passionate about making web apps discoverable and interlinked. It is one of the reasons why I created the very first Web Intents prototype and then worked on trying to get it standarised and implemented as WebIntents. Web Intents as we know it today failed (it still hurts), yet I still think about it a lot. In my recent post about SLICE I mentioned that inter-app linking is MIA on the web.
What are the properties that make the web the web? How can we keep differentiating from native to stay relevant in a mobile world?
Ruby frustrations and performance have frustrated me for a long time. Experimented with Hugo and ported blog in about 3 hours
Deep App Links: Changes have come to Chrome and this is my summary of what's happened, why and how to manage the change
When you share a link from Chrome, you can also get a screenshot using a couple of Intent Extras
Some quick thoughts about not using CSP when you have a Service Worker.