Once a year since we started LBM we have left on a company retreat where we try to learn a new technology at a fun location. This year we went to the North Georgia mountains to create an application for one of our favorite games: StarCraft. Our technology focus was two-fold:
- While we have used CakePHP for several years now we wanted to try a new framework. We selected CodeIgniter Framework due to its speed, popularity, and the fact it powers the very popular Expression Engine.
- Build a web-based mobile app that didn’t feel like a web-based app. We did a lot of research on what framework might tackle this the best and we settled on Sencha Touch. We had a humbling start but were off to the races within a few hours.
The end product ended up looking and working better than we had even hoped for. There are still a few bugs and its far from production ready but we felt that for a 48 hour project SC: Overtime gave us a great opportunity to learn some new things and have fun doing it.