San Francisco, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) November 16, 2010
DailyCrossword is the best way to play crossword puzzles from popular sites around the web. Because it’s a web app, it can work on iPad as well as any WebKit-based browser, such as Apple Safari and Google Chrome. This challenging game keeps wordsmiths hooked with the latest crossword puzzle from their favorite publisher, access to archived puzzles, and support for various sources of free .puz files.
Asked why he and colleague, Hicran Korkmaz, decided to develop a crossword-puzzle app, Cahit said: “We had lots of different ideas, but the crossword puzzle app was the hardest one to develop. Just think about it, people generally complete crosswords in a newspaper, and you can’t easily change their behavior. Still, we decided to try to develop an app people would love. The other simple reason is that we both like crosswords!”
On using Sencha Touch, Cahit added: “Of course, there are some inherent limitations when creating a web app versus a native app, but at the same time there are some compelling benefits. If you want a truly cross-platform application that can be updated without requiring a user download, then web apps are best. Functionally, the native app counterpart of DailyCrossword couldn’t be designed much better than the web version. This was our first Sencha Touch application, but after we read the ‘Getting Started Guide’ we started to play around with it, and in a few hours we had a basic skeleton of the app. Sencha Touch handled the UI, and we could concentrate on the core application. That was great, and I got a lot of help from developers on the Sencha forum.”
For his hard work and creativity, Cahit won the first prize of $10,000 in cash plus a Mac Pro computer with a 27″ Apple Display, an Android tablet, and an iPod Touch. The second prize goes to Mike Hardaker for his TravelMate mobile web app; Mike won $7,500 in cash plus a 15” MacBook Pro, an Android Tablet, and an iPod Touch. The third prize goes to Nick Poulden for his e-Resistible mobile web app; Nick won $3,500 in cash plus an Android Tablet, and an iPod Touch. The remaining seven runners-up will each receive $2,000 in cash. The winners were announced at the Sencha Conference 2010 in San Francisco, in a packed room of more than 500 developers.
“We were just blown away by what contestants accomplished with Sencha Touch,” said Michael Mullany, VP of products at Sencha. “Spectacular CSS3 animations, seamless integration of Twitter and Facebook and clever use of HTML5 storage were just a few of the fantastic features that were on show in the winning apps.”
In October, developers were invited to submit applications created using Sencha Touch. Three weeks later, a judging panel of Sencha community members and employees selected 10 finalists from the more than 200 entries. The 10 finalists, listed online here (best viewed with a touch-based device) and below, were given an additional two weeks to perfect their entry. Here’s what they came back with:
Other great entries spanned the gamut of consumer and business apps
Special mention goes to these developers, whose entries were also considered exceptional.
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