I’ve finally reached the point where I’m ready to discontinue support for BB10 in my various app development efforts. Specifically those projects are Goober for BB10 (a native client for pnut.io) and Renamed Todo (a task list app using todo.txt format). I hope they’ve been useful for the handful of users I’ve had and interacted with over the years, I know I’ve enjoyed building them. But the time has come to retire them and allow myself to focus on other platforms. The source code will remains available under and open source license and the bar files will also remain available for those who wish to continue using them.
I’m starting to think more about my mobile app development efforts after BB10 is no longer supportable. It still has life left in it but now that BlackBerry is starting to turn services off it may not be for much longer. I’ve dabbled off and on with Android development and do have an app for pnut.io that I’m actively working on. But Android as a platform isn’t my favorite and developing for it isn’t as fun given it’s Java roots. So I’m finally putting more attention towards the mobile Linux development space. I think there is a lot more room for amazing things to develop and evolve in that arena. Projects like ubports are gaining momentum and companies like Jolla and Purism have exciting things happening with their distributions and device support. I’ll continue to support my BB10 apps as long as the code signing servers existing and I can distribute usable bar files but I’ll also be porting those apps over to Ubuntu Touch and maybe Sailfish OS. Beyond that any new projects I start on will be for the mobile Linux space. And open source too!
It’s been a long while since my last update. I haven’t been paying much attention to this app over the last couple of years for various different reasons. Mostly do to having switched my primary phone from the lovely BlackBerry Passport to an Android based BlackBerry phone. But I still love BlackBerry 10 and I still love this app so I’ve finally pulled the trigger and made it open source. It’s now available under the Apache 2.0 license and I’ll be continuing it’s support and development.
I’ve created a new build (0.9.0) which can be found here long with the source code. It’s mostly the same as what you find in BlackBerry AppWorld today except that Dropbox syncing has been temporarily removed. It was partially broken so I’m pulling it to rework that portion and extend it to other syncing options.
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A change was introduced with the release of BlackBerry 10.3.3 that breaks authentication between Renamed Todo and Dropbox. I’ll be reworking (again) the authorization process to work properly with this latest update. I’ll post again when the update is available here on this blog as well as my social feeds. Links to follow me are in the sidebar.
An update is now available for all BlackBerry 10 devices in BlackBerry World which adds support for Dropbox API v2. There are no visible changes to this release, just behind the scenes work in preparation for the Dropbox deprecating their API v1. This will allow Renamed Todo to continue to function for the foreseeable future.
Download from BlackBerry World.
I’ve pulled Todo.txt Enyo for the PlayBook from BlackBerry World today and I will no longer be developing for this particular device. My biggest reason has to do with the SDK and the odd bit of hacking it took to build this particular application (the combination of Java and Adobe AIR to build HTML5 apps is a bit bonkers). With Dropbox deprecating v1 of their API I felt it was a good time to bring this particular effort to an end. The source code will continue to be available from my site for those who wish to build their own BAR files. On the brighter side of things the Palm SDK still continues to work so I’ll be continuing support for webOS. I’ll be posting more on that in the near future.
This isn’t anything to do with that Google program. I’m just putting out a quick post about what I’m up to these days.
I’ve jumped back into mobile development once more now focusing on Ubuntu Phone and Sailfish OS. I see a lot of potential in both of these platforms and some opportunity to expand my skills while having a little fun. I have a social app currently being roughed out and in development. More on that as it progresses. And on the topic of social, I’ve also been tinkering with some new social APIs that some App.net peeps have been developing. Nothing earth shattering yet but it’s been fun to try new things, expand my knowledge, and keep in touch with some awesome folks from that network.
Renamed Todo for BlackBerry 10
I received notification from Dropbox yesterday that they are deprecating v1 of their API. In about a year they’ll be shutting it off and any apps that rely on it will no longer function properly. Renamed Todo relies on that API for it’s one and only sync option. I am in the process of trying to restore my BB10 development environment to see what I can do. I’m not sure if I’ll put out an update yet or if the app needs to be fully retired. I’m aiming to get something out there though since I know there are at least a few people who use it.
Todo.txt Enyo for WebOS and PlayBook
This app (a predecessor to Renamed Todo) is also impacted by the Dropbox API change. Since this code is open source I will be publishing an update in support of the API changes. There will be an IPK to go along with it, but a BAR file for the PlayBook will depend on if I can get that development environment restored or not.
I am looking to publish more of my source code over the summer. But rather than posting to github I’d rather self-host my public code repository and evaluating different options. I’m interested in what others are using and any good or bad that has gone along with it. Please do share your suggestions and experiences!
Another minor update is available for all BlackBerry 10 devices in BlackBerry World which fixes UTF-8 support. This application will be in maintenance mode for now only handling bug fixes as they surface. As such I’ve decided to make Renamed Todo available for free. I’m working on a rewrite bringing it to more platforms and will be putting the new code out as open source. More to come on that soon.
Download from BlackBerry World.
I was hoping this release would include new features but time was not on my side this go around. I decided to go ahead with a minor bug fix release instead. Solving an erroneous authentication error when authorizing the app with Dropbox. Enjoy and stay tuned for more enhancements down the road.
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It’s been a crazy busy 2014 and there are no signs that it will let up anytime soon. I have a tendency to line up several projects which I don’t necessarily have time for but work on anyway. So here is a quick recap of what I have brewing in the background.
Over the last year or so BlackBerry has gone through a lot of much needed transformation as a company. In the process though they curtailed their developer relations considerably and are focusing their energy toward enterprise development. Regardless of the focus shift on their part I decided to continue developing native applications for the platform. I love developing in Qt/C++ and I’ll continue to publish in BlackBerry World for as long as they’ll allow me to.
Just as I was about to officially sunset my app for webOS I saw the official first release of LuneOS from the webos-ports team. My curiosity got the better of me and I took it for a spin and liked what I saw. So I started contributing small amounts of work to the project. Nothing major thus far but it’s been fun getting involved and learning about the internal workings.
Renamed Todo and Todo.txt Enyo
I’ve got some fixes and updates to Renamed Todo for BlackBerry 10 in progress and hope to get it out the door in time for the BlackBerry Classic release. Todo.txt Enyo got a minor update to work properly under the initial LuneOS release. Going forward however I’m doing a complete overhaul and switching to the Enyo 2 framework. At that point I’ll be able to go beyond webOS based platforms and support more platforms.
In case you missed it I have unplugged from Twitter. The network has changed a lot over the years even though it’s core function (microblogging) has remained the same. Ads have become more central, third party clients have been pushed away, and the experience is no longer the enjoyable. Combine that with the ever growing ever louder abuse by others with little to no action on the part of Twitter led me to leave the network. It’s just not worth it. I’ll do a separate post on my social presence soon.