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Show HN: HN Browser, yet another Hacker News reader on iPhone
10 points by soleun 941 days ago | 6 comments
I thought building something that I would use while learning iOS SDK was a good idea so I built HN Browser.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hn-browser/id578535095?ls=1&mt=8

HN Browser is a simple app which lets you to read articles and comments on Hacker News. (no voting and writing comment yet)

For the logo, I reached out to Joel Glovier(http://joelglovier.com) for his previous work on Hacker News logo(http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4731140) and he kindly granted the use of his work.

It was really fun experience to collaborate and build a mobile app using iOS SDK. (although approval process was painful)

I would really appreciate if you share any thought.




Nicely done. A couple of things I noticed...

- When panning the UI to show the left menu, it doesn't always open when the touch ends, even if it's mostly open.

- If there are no comments tapping on the "no comments" cell selects it blue and there is no deselect.

- Comments 'meta data' is displayed as "on (null) :username"

Overall it's a nice app, and a really good job for a "learning" project.

(iOS 6.0.1 iPhone 5)

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Thanks skylarsch, I will take a look at those issues you've mentioned.

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Good app, pretty useful when following HN. Would be nice to have a STAR feature. You can star stories and quickly access them to follow the comments feed or get notifications when new comments arrive

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vsfa, a great idea. I was trying to avoid backend but now that I think about it again, it can be done locally as well.

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+1. How long did development take you?

Mind sharing what you learnt in a blog post?

Thanks!

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I have written a blog post about it. http://soleun.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/how-i-built-hn-browse...

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