The Mobile Development Experiment

Another day I watched the movie Julie & Julia…hmmm… too girly? Ok, let’s start it over. Another day I was with my wife while she was watching Julie & Julia, and sometimes I screen-picked one scene or another. One scene that caught my attention is when Julie decide to make a experiment, cooking every day from Julia’s recipes book during one whole year. She would also blog her experience. Since I’m pretty slow with this blog, I realized that it  was a great idea.

I’m not going to cook, though. My idea is start my own development experiment, creating a small mobile application for Blackberry, iPhone and Android, and share my experience with you, considering there is an “you” out there.

I don’t have any experience with iPhone or Android development, and with Blackberry I would say that I already know how to write a Hello World application. That said, I’ve come up with something that would be very easy to do, very limited features and somehow useful to me. I’m going to build a time tracker application.

These are its main (or all) requirements:

  • The user will be able to enter: Project name and add comments
  • There will be a button to start the timer, and the start time will be the current one when the button is pressed;
  • When the activity is marked as started, the button will change to “Stop”.
  • When pressing the “Stop” button, the current activity will be stored;
  • The user will be able to send the current stored file via email, as a csv file.

As you can see, there is nothing new about that, and the idea is really not spend time with the application itself, but with the target platforms, tools, etc…

My first target will be Blackberry, using the OS 5.0.

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  1. #1 by Spoiled Eggs on September 26, 2010 - 8:51 pm

    Very interesting, never thought about technology in this way. The iPhone does a great job of keeping our busy lives organized! The iPhone is the ‘King’ of all phone’s in my opinion. I can’t wait for December to see where the phone ends up, of course it will stay on AT&T, but Sprint or Verizon? What do you think?

    Check out my blog, I kind of tackled this issue as well!
    Thanks for the post!

    • #2 by mobilecreator on October 1, 2010 - 7:55 am

      I’m in Canada where the iPhone is not exclusive for one carrier, which make its adoption easier. I agree that the iPhone is the king of the phones, maybe not in sales (compared with Nokia, for example), but it is the one which brings more attention and fan customers.
      I believe the iPhone conquered the same status as other luxury brands, making the customers looking forward for new models, new carrier options, new products, etc… That said, I believe AT&T was lucky to have their exclusivity in US for so long, and when the iPhone is available from other carriers, they will be in trouble. It will depend how they can provide better service, better prices or other advantages to keep their customer base.

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