Wow. It’s been a hot second. When I first started this blog I promised myself I would add at least a post a day; but I kind of failed yesterday. I just moved into a new apartment & so I’m distracted and discombobulated. I’m sitting on the floor with my computer, TV and doritos. So, yea.
You’re like, I didn’t come here to hear about your personal life. Agreed.
Building BB Apps (not 101, because I’m not even at 101 myself), part 1. I’ve entitled this post “what have I gotten myself into?” because that’s what I’m thinking right about now. Overwhelmed. Let’s begin:
First. Go to Blackberry App World. At the bottom of the homepage you’ll see in really tiny, microscopic print “Developers:”
This is new. I’ve decided I’m going to start out on (what seems like) the impossible quest of learning, developing, publishing & marketing my first BB app.
First: I don’t know a THING about developing apps- java, CSS, SDK, flash etc. It’s all foreign to me. 100% newbie here.
Second: As I learn, I’ll post. I want this to be a step-by-step guide for those of us (like myself) who don’t have a clue where to begin.
Third: I’m not sure yet whether I’ll develop a PlayBook tablet app, or a mobile app (I haven’t even gotten that far yet). Whatever I do, I will cover basics: building a theme-based app, an app for your blog/site, and then a more complicated app involving GPS locators, maps, directories etc.
Let’s start building apps! o.O
PS. I like how RIM quotes Crackberry twice, as though they’re some kind of legitimate authority on all things Blackberry. I get that they’re a huge BB blog/forum/review/site, but “crack” “berry” really? Their name insinuates bb users with cocaine. Um, I’ll pass.
Moving on. RIM is waiving its normally $200 vendor certification fee for app developers. Apparently just a couple months ago it would cost a user $200 + a long wait of a few weeks to find out whether or not they had been approved as an app developer. Now it’s free and turn around time for hearing back from RIM is a few days’ time. (I found this out from pouring through pages of developer forums on blackberry.com). Under this deal you can submit up to 10 apps before you have to reapply. Risk-free.
I wonder what other freebies RIM will offer in the coming weeks…
Is this RIM’s solution to their app-less PlayBook problem? First we heard that RIM was looking at making the PlayBook compatible with Android’s more than 130,000 apps in an effort to boost PlayBook sales & create a bunch of hype pre-launch. Now RIM is offering free PlayBooks (through mid-March) for app developers who create a “quality” PB app. Once you submit it, if RIM likes it, bam! Free PlayBook for you.
It’s that easy. Or is it?
Oh love. Anyone doing anything for Valentine’s Day? Yea me either. (Unless you answered “yes” to that question). I’ll probably just be unpacking boxes in my new apartment. Alone. Ugh.
Scammers are smart. They spend 99% of their time trying to figure out how to con the average person & 1% actually scamming. The holidays are considered primetime for scammers, especially V-Day. Why? Because your emotions are all screwed up and you’re emotionally vulnerable and sad. Just really sad. So naturally this is the time when the mother of all mobile (and computer) app scams pops up: the “Facebook Stalking”
Sounds promising doesn’t it? The scam generally says something along the lines of– “see who views/stalks/creeps your profile” then, curiosity piqued, you click the link. Everything looks pretty legit. Just like all apps it asks for access to some info in order for the app to work, and sometimes even has you enter a CAPTCHA (smart); but all it does is latch onto your profile, spam your friends’ walls and state how many times you viewed their profile (it makes up a number; it doesn’t actually know). That’s just the computer-version.
Coffee and blackberries, yum. Starbucks has an app that converts your BB into your Starbucks card. Good move Starbucks, good move.
Note: If you don’t have a Starbucks card, this app is semi-useless as its only non-card feature is a store locator; which didn’t work last time I tried it, event though I was standing in front of a Starbucks, but I’ll give the app the benefit of the doubt and say that it probably works. Most of the time.
The Starbucks app isn’t available through BB app world (hmmm), but that’s probably another good move on Starbucks’ part because there is a large possibility it could get terrible reviews, and that’s just not good PR.