A very belated thanks to Henry for giving us a glimpse into the world of eBook development last Friday.
Using XCode – to the horror/incomprehension of some more conservative developers in the room – Henry ran through an example of building content using the open source Baker framework, while also drawing our attention to a similar offering, pugpig (presumably named for its good looks).
Baker provides a means of developing interactive content aimed at the Apple Store / Newsstand channels (if I understood correctly). Henry pointed out that the significance of Baker et al. is as much in accessing this large market as it is in the use of specific technologies – i.e. HTML5, with its local storage capabilities, integration with geo-location services, and so on. The perceived barrier to purchase on iPhone / iPad using Apple Store is much lower.
Most importantly of all, the session allowed Henry to combine iPad, MacBook Pro, and projector to create a slightly disconcerting visual effect:
As for pugpig – I’ve just seen that the project page invites you to ‘Pork me on GitHub’. Creating a punch line from this phrase I leave as an exercise for the reader.