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?
Well this news is by no means official, but those are the whisperings in the tech world. Google’s Android, a mobile phone operating system, offers a software development kit for app developers specifically to be run on Android-based phones (says my super knowledgable source, Wikipedia). Why Android? Well, I was alluding to this earlier, but RIM’s library of apps is pretty, well, pathetic in comparison to the rest of the smartphone world. In fact, Android has 130,000 apps available to RIM’s 20,000. Access to Android apps would “make the RIM platform attractive to consumers as it lacks the strength of the rivals from an apps perspective.”
Listen. If RIM does this, I’ll buy a damn PlayBook.. otherwise, I’m going to wait a year or so. What’s the point of having a shiny new toy if you can’t even play with it?
The much hyped, long-awaited for Blackberry “PlayBook” Tablet (ps. whatever happened to calling it the Black Pad?) Black Pad sounded a little too “ipad” for my tastes anyway. Can RIM please stop obsessing over all things Apple (they even did a video comparing ipad to the new playbook). It’s becoming a little sad.
Moving on. There are a couple of things to note here:
In-App Payments: great news for developers and Blackberry, but so/so news for users?
About a week ago Research in Motion (RIM) debuted BB App world 2.1 with in-app feature support.
What are in-app payments? It’s a payment function that developers had been pushing for as it allows them to offer an app for free, but! once you download the app, there are several opportunities for upgrades and premium features that cost money.