Tuesday, November 10, 2015 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location Details: 

Information Technology Dept.
Room 208V
4201 Normandy Street North
Bismarck, ND 58503

Agenda:

  • News and Updates
  • Mobile Applications
    • Demo of Legislative mobile app
  • Web Development Best Practices document
  • Open Discussion

Meeting Recap:

  • The group had a general discussion about Mobile Applications, which had not been discussed for a while.
    • The state has 2 publically available mobile apps now, both from DOT, plus DOT has one app for internal use.
    • The Legislative Council has a non-native app for LAWS to run on a phone instead of a PC.
    • Kyle Forster demonstrated the new Legislative Schedule mobile app to the group
      • The app was developed by ITD using the Ionic Framework, and it runs on Android or iOS.
      • Includes virtually everything that goes on during a typical session.
        • Shows which legislators are on which committees.
        • Icons show the sponsor, co-sponsor, etc.
        • Integrated with the Bill Tracker application.
        • Covers the interim schedule when there is no session.
      • Bill detail or other large content opens in the default browser.
      • Was made available to legislators during crossover, and will be available to the general public this winter.
    • Eli Cornell gave a brief presentation of the development environment used by ITD to develop mobile apps, Ionic Framework.
      • Allows a developer to test about 80% of the functionality in a browser before needing to make it a native app.
      • Uses mainly JavaScript but compiles into a native platform app, so it can be used by developers that are familiar with web page development.
  • Web Development Best Practices
    • The document was further refined, and the group discussed pulling much of the remaining content from the Best Practices document to simplify it.