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  1. #1
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    How to design simple bus arrival time app?

    Hello

    I have been looking for a symbian app for my N95 that uses GPS to find the nearby bus stops and gives me the list of buses serving these stops and their arrival times. I could not find such an application at least for the place I live (Singapore).

    So for fun I would like to see if I could build such an app (in reasonable time). I am not a symbian programmer but I have desktop/web programming experience. What would be the easiest, fastest and most straightforward way to do it (I am only interested in using the app, not selling/distributing)?

    I have the following building blocks:
    - N95 has built-in GPS
    - I can find GPS location of all bus stops
    - bus companies have a website that returns bus arrival times which can be easily parsed

    My specifications:
    - maps / visuals are not a must
    - the app can use internet
    - the app must function with minimum keystrokes and with little questions asked

    I have been thinking of the below options:
    - google maps / ovi maps mobile maplet: is this even possible on mobile?
    - web app (phone sends GPS to server and server returns web page): but I read we cannot access GPS from web page?
    - C++/java symbian app to extract GPS information from phone and send request to web server and display result: wow that seems too much work!
    - other ideas?

    Let me know your thoughts, thanks in advance for any advice!
    sergiogiogio

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    Re: How to design simple bus arrival time app?

    WRT widgets could get GPS, but they do not have Maps on them. Ovi Apps are on closed-beta phase, so if you would want any information on them, you would need to join for the beta program.

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    Re: How to design simple bus arrival time app?

    About which part ?, and which kind of idea ?

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    Re: How to design simple bus arrival time app?

    Since WRT widgets could get GPS data, you can try something like this

    Create a WRT widget to fetch GPS information.
    Send this info to the server.
    Parse this infor at the server and return back a webpage including map images and bus information formated from the server end.

    Based upon your web experience this could be the best approach you can take.

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    Re: How to design simple bus arrival time app?

    Hi

    If you are using nokia or other symbian phones in Singapore, you can get your bus arrival time at yongbus - http://blogshoplist.homeip.net/yongbus

    It searches for all buses in your area and provide a map to the bus stop.

    Regards
    Yong54321
    Check bus arrival Singapore - yongbus



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    Re: How to design simple bus arrival time app?

    Hey guys, Can some one tell me where can i find bus timetable UK application for Nokia 5800

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    Re: How to design simple bus arrival time app?

    Hi mirchivaidhy123

    On this site the discussion should be about "how do I create a bus timetable application?". For finding an existing application, try looking in the Ovi Store, at http://store.ovi.com ...
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