Okay. So, here's some stuff:
FIRST: We have setup github for "the app" -- the legal folks tell us that for various reasons the only officially sanctioned app must come from us blah blah blah. We'll probably give the app away to teksupport members and maybe do an ad-supported app that's free. We've setup a public github repo, and there are many volunteers that have all-of-a-sudden written in to let us know they'd like to do something to help out the community. AWESOME!
So, here's how we see it breaking down:
V1: This is an app that's a front end for the site. It can just display info. If you want to log in and comment, it'll take you to the site to do that. However, it lays the foundation to allow us to build an app that you could actually log into the site with. The login functions we're not super comfortable letting folks do from within the app (sorry bozos! we still love you!) just yet. That'll be a V2 thing.
So with V1, what could you do? Keep an eye on threads, videos, etc. No problem.
To that end, to hopefully make things easier, we've setup some json feeds that have already been shared with our app developers:
e.g. https://teksyndicate.com/json/v1/tag/inbox or https://teksyndicate.com/json/v1/tag/the-tek (any tags will work, but those two are probably the ones you want to make buttons for in the app). In that Json object, there is a 'topic key' -- you'll see that throughout these feeds.
e.g. https://teksyndicate.com/json/v1/forum-topic-comments/174157 for the comments on the recent post from dealzon fyi.
Feed of active forum topics; has a pager: https://teksyndicate.com/json/v1/forum-topics?page=1 for the second page (the other link is the 0th page, page 2 is the 1st page, etc) . This page also takes an optional argument: https://teksyndicate.com/json/v1/forum-topics/general-discussion
where 1 is the uid you see in other feeds. It just has their name and avatar URL.
Comments for a specific topic (that # is the topic key)
Github url: https://github.com/wendelltron/tekapp
What now bitches? :)