Ending BlackBerry 10 dev

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.
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App development after BlackBerry 10

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.
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Still not dead – Renamed Todo update

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.
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Renamed Todo 0.7.4, BB 10.3.3, and Dropbox

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.

Renamed Todo 0.7.4

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.

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Morgan’s summer of code

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. New development. 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.
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Renamed Todo 0.7.2

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.
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Renamed Todo 0.7.1

Broken HammerI 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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Monkeystew, BlackBerry, LuneOS, and more

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. BlackBerry Over the last year or so BlackBerry has gone through a lot of much needed transformation as a company.
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It’s not dead – Renamed Todo 0.7

With a new device release on the horizon and a feature request list that continues to grow it’s time to get another update out to the world. The most notable changes are the UI adjustments to accommodate a bigger screen resolution and the new permission being requested for analytics. I have also added a few additional contact points in the about screen for those who don’t necessarily want to communicate through email.
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Pending updates

I’ve been working on an update to Renamed Todo and made some good progress over this last weekend. Mostly minor stuff, a few cosmetic changes, a few UI tweaks, and a small bug fix which I’m attempting to squash now. I’m also doing some work under the hood to prepare for a much bigger update to follow. On a related note I’ve decided to pull Todo.txt Enyo from the HP app catalog (webOS for those who may not know).
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The end of summer – Renamed Todo 0.6

Now that summer is over it’s time to release another update. With this update I’m continuing to make tweaks to the interface while adding some useful new features. Most notably due date support with use of the custom due: tag. Along with that comes some ability to manage the local sandbox files such as export and delete. I have many more updated planned down the road. As always your feedback is appreciated.
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Because naming an app is hard – Renamed Todo 0.5

So I’ve gone and renamed my todo app formerly known as Task Slayer. I honestly wasn’t that fond of the previous name to begin with so when asked to change it to avoid confusion with another app by the same name I gladly did so. I didn’t realize how much of a pain it is though so I don’t plan on doing this again. That being said this release is much more than just a fancy new name.
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Task Slayer 0.4.1 available

My latest update to Task Slayer is now available for sale in BlackBerry World for the BlackBerry Z10. There are a number of bug fixes included in this release to make it fast and stable now that BB10 has been officially released. Even though it’s not labeled as v1.0 it’s ready for every day use. My next release will focus on tighter BB10 integration, Q10 support, and perhaps a few extra features along the way.
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Task Slayer for BB10 update

This is a relatively minor update to Task Slayer. The only notable feature was really just adding a quick search box and a little bit of UI tweaking. Those with DevAlpha devices can download it from BlackBerry World. Along with refreshed screenshots I’ll attempt to post a video with my next release to give a taste to those who might be eagerly awaiting the launch of BlackBerry 10 at the end of January or curious to see how this app works compared to it’s counter parts.
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Task Slayer for BlackBerry 10

My first BlackBerry 10 app Task Slayer is now available in the BlackBerry AppWorld. Like my previous apps Task Slayer is a task manager based on the todo.txt file format. This initial release covers the basics for managing tasks on the local device and has focused on making for a usable user interface. It’s been tested and functional in the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha Simulator. I’m looking for those who have Dev Alpha devices to help test and provide feedback.
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