Mixing up OpenPyro and Facebook: FacebookTV

For the last couple of weeks, I have been working quite a bit more on OpenPyro. Writing a new UI framwork in a vaccum almost never works, so I needed an app to build using OpenPyro. I had some Facebook API code handy so I figured I’d try something with that. So here is a screencast of the app as it is right now. The application uses Facebook’s desktop api to get all the friends of a user and their favorite TV and Movies. Then I group the shows/movies together to see what the most popular of them are and sort them with the most popular ones at top. The data is rendered in an OpenPyro chart component. The TV and Movies are in two different Horizontal Chart components and sit inside an OpenPyro container called SlidePane. SlidePane extends the OpenPyro ViewStack (which is very similar to the Flex ViewStack) and automatically handles sliding between different views (each being an OpenPyro UIContainer). Clicking on an entity does a show/movie lookup from Fancast.com, and also lists who among your friends have added the show/movie as their favorite. The BarChart below is segments those friends by gender or by relationship status ( I have to say, the Facebook API is pretty rocking, and I can segment the data on a variety of axes. )

Here is the awesome-est image of it all:

FacebookTV filesize

Yup. The whole sucker is about 60K. And that includes Labels, Buttons, Lists, ComboBoxes, Layouts, Painters, Containers, etc etc.

So here is the show:


OpenPyro is still not ready for a general release yet, but its coming along pretty sweetly.

Comments welcome.

Author: Arpit Mathur

Arpit Mathur is a Principal Engineer at Comcast Labs where he is currently working on a variety of topics including Machine Learning, Affective Computing, and Blockchain applications. Arpit has also worked extensively on Android and iOS applications, Virtual Reality apps as well as with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML and Ruby on Rails. He also spent a couple of years in the User Experience team as a Creative Technologist.

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