Reinventing FHU Mobile for iPhone

by Richard Simpson
August 8, 2012 8:33 PM

FHU Mobile for iPhone was probably my most anticipated summer work project; this was largely due to the fact that Austin Ash and I were tasked with rebuilding the iPhone app from the ground up. My least favorite part of programming has always been working with code written by others. The first version of FHU Mobile for iPhone was written by ten different student developers - different skill levels, styles, and ideas of the best way to get from point A to point B. When we began finishing the iPad app this summer, that was the hurdle that consumed most of my time. Even more daunting was the idea of maintaining the code behind FHU Mobile for iPhone 1.0. So when the boss walked up and handed us the opportunity to create a clean new project, I was obviously excited about the challenge.

A wonderful thing about starting fresh is the chance to make something sleek. My personal goal starting out was to produce a simple, clean, and functional application. Here at the end, FHU Mobile for iPhone 2.0 is all of that. We successfully created a fully functional app, and for the most part, we haven’t had to compromise simplicity and cleanliness.

In my opinion, the most useful parts of the app are the Map and Directory sections. I imagine the map will be most beneficial to new students and to parents; it contains every building on campus, and selecting one of the building pins will bring up the directory entry for the building. I have already used the directory a lot to find email addresses and phone numbers of faculty and staff, and the ability to add someone to your contacts list from inside the app is immensely useful.

I’m also impressed with the News and Events sections. The improved News feed lets you read and share all the latest content put out by FHU. The Events page has everything on the University’s calendar and allows you to copy events to your own calendar.

When the 2.0 update launches, expect an entirely new app that makes it easier than ever to keep up with all things FHU. Look for FHU Mobile on the App Store soon. If you have feedback, let us know. Find us in the About This App section and send us an email.