Well, today is the deadline for the Free BlackBerry Playbook offer. This is the third and final deadline for getting applications submitted, and I hope that I can get mine in. I’ve registered and sent identification information, so now I am waiting for a response back in order to actually upload my application to the App World. I have until midnight, so hopefully they’ll get the reply back to me and things will get done.
I have been trying to create an application since around Christmas. I’ve had a few setbacks. For one, I didn’t have a paid version of the development tool (Adobe Flex Builder), so I tried to make an application using he evaluation version. Then BlackBerry updated their IDE for the PlayBook and things just crashed after that. When the first deadline started approaching, I gave up trying to make a simple timer application and started working on a Meetup application to replace my initial Meetup Organizer Tool. But, when I couldn’t get the OAuth to work with the PlayBook simulator, among other things, I decided to make a simpler search tool. But, before I could finish working on that, my trial offer expired. Luckily, my lovely wife took a course at Wake Technical College and we bought some Adobe software for the student price. However, that still took some time to get and reload everything.
Finally, I have everything working and the deadline is close, so I finished up what I had and began the submission process. Part of the submission process requires registration as a vendor. Apparently this is something that should have been done much earlier, because it doesn’ t require an immediate upload, but it does require validation that you are a business or a real person. So, last night I did the registration step 1 and today I got the first reply back asking for the verification, which I replied with immediately. Now, I am waiting for the confirmation that I am now registered so I can upload the application.
To be honest, my search application is extremely basic, but I plan on updating it once I get the initial one uploaded to the App World. I will also create a page for the application for the DeanLogic site as well. After I get the Search Meetup application finished, then I’ll start working on the Organizer and Member Tools. The good news is, Meetup is continually updating the API and adding new features, some of which are not available through the Meetup site.
Of course, work on these applications have to happen between married life and the movie making hobby.