The Nearby API from Wikipedia has always fascinated me, so when I received the Pebble Time last month, I knew I had to use it to make an app for my wrist.
The Pebble.js environment is still in beta and it shows. While the documented features work, I kept wishing for more, especially those that let me add color. I could get a few colors using
highlightTextColor, but couldn’t find any documentation on what was actually supported. I made my peace with the lack of colors and released the app on the Pebble app store.
Analytics tells me that around 400 people are using this app and that makes me happy. The people are nice too — I got two emails reporting an issue on iPhone (I am working on it), both being informative and polite. This might not mean much, but I feel its an important litmus test for the community.
I hope more APIs get exposed to Pebble.js soon, until then feel free to contribute code and bug reports on Github.
By Marc Rochkind
This book gives a soft introduction to the Chrome Apps infrastructure, APIs and current capabilities. Considering when it was published, it would have been nice to have more than just an appendix on mobile and cordova. Even so, it was just the book that I was looking for.