I just updated my first BlackBerry 10 application; Meetup for BlackBerry 10.
I was attempting to get the app released by a deadline in order to win a free Z10 in Red. The offer was to be one of the first 500 developers to build an app and then get it certified as Built for BlackBerry in a certain time frame. Well, I didn’t get it submitted in time, because there is a big delay between getting your app submitted and getting it reviewed; then apparently there is a delay for getting Built for BlackBerry certified. Because I rushed things, it didn’t work that great in version 1.0, which resulted in a couple of bad reviews. My main problem was finding the time to work on the application, which is hard when you have a less than year old son and a pregnant wife. Then life threw me another curve and I lost my job. So, I have been working on fixing a couple of issues with the 1.0 release and adding new features.
One of the bugs 1.o had was that the UTC offset for the events was not correct. I tried just adding the long value to the date to get the correct date and time, but that didn’t work. The solution was simple and I guess if I had more time to look at things I would have noticed it the first time. The fix is to use setUtcOffset . D’uh.
QDateTime tmpEventStartDT = QDateTime::currentDateTime();
Another issue happened to due with how Meetup did repeating events. Instead of using an Integer for each new event, repeating events have an alphanumeric value. Because I was looking for an Integer, none of the repeating events were showing up after the first event. I didn’t even notice this in version 1.0 and I finally noticed it after I made some clean up to the events list and noticed that not all the events were showing up. It took a bit of effort to get that debug cleared.
The major flaw of the 1.0 version was that it didn’t show the Event or Group detail. The reason I left it as a link was the lack of time in figuring out a way to show the event detail easily. I haven’t messed with Sheets yet, but I ended up using Tabs to display the Event information, plus the RSVP and Photos list. I did use a Sheet to show the final individual photo for an photo album. But, with that there are still limitations. I need to figure out how to zoom in on a photo.
The Information pages, photo albums and RSVP lists are all new features for 1.1, but they still need to be tweaked. But, just as a fussy baby is rushing me on this post, hopefully I will get around to making more tweaks to what is available and add even more features.
I got the approval email for my update. So, it took about 2 days to approve the changes. Now I modified the description and screen shots, because I didn’t think I should do it before the change was updated. Hopefully it takes less time to modify those things. I didn’t realize that it wasn’t automatically updating things, so I mistakenly created 3 updates in an attempt to get the text and screen shot changes to save. Oh well, lessons learned.