Announcing Dockr.co.uk

http://dockr.co.uk is a little web app to find your nearest docking stations for the recently launched London Barclays Cycle Hire scheme.

There’s been a bit of a rush to build apps for the scheme and so I thought I’d have a go and see what happens. It was a challenge combining stuff that interests me: making websites, mobile web, geolocation, bikes and London. So on Tuesday morning I set about building an app and at about 1.3oam on Wednesday I launched Dockr.co.uk.

I decided to go the route of a web app rather than an iPhone or Andoid as I wanted to get things done quickly, enjoyably, and I have no intention of charging. Building the app using standard Javascript in browsers with my normal development tools allowed me to produce a basic app in a matter of hours. The other factor that allowed rapid development was the amount of tools and APIs that are available.

Just some of the things Dockr makes use of, without which it would have taken so much longer, are :

Really, there’s so much available that I kind of feel like I’m cheating, but that’s the fun of a mashup :-)

Yesterday Dockr.co.uk had over 500 visits which I’m quite pleased with. It had quite a few tweets and other comments – enough to convince me that there is room for a non-native web site alongside each platform’s native apps. So I’ll start looking at designing a version two where the priorities are a nice user experience and speed rather than ‘just get it built and think about it later’.

Anyway please do go and check out dockr.co.uk and let me know what you think.

Comments (1)

  1. Ben Lovejoy

    Fantastic! Thanks very much for creating this, now close to the top of my phone bookmarks.