FDT5 project template for PlayBook

March 8th, 2012 § 2 Comments

It’s at BBDevCon that I first heard of FDT, I immediately downloaded it when I came back, and I’m now using it as my main IDE for AS3 development. While FDT5 is a great tool, it lacked default project wizards for the BlackBerry PlayBook, fortunately, this can be easily fixed thanks to FDT’s Project Templates.

In this post, we will explain how to customize FDT to create custom project templates for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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kiPas 1.1.0

February 12th, 2012 § 5 Comments

Finally submitted kiPas 1.1.0 to AppWorld!

While this release won’t bring too many new features to the end user, it is a significant release for several reasons:

First of all, the cryptographic functions have been entirely recoded, all of the hashing and decryption is now made in native code, this was the big change I wanted to complete before adding any new features. What does it bring? far better performances, specially when it comes to handling huge databases or big numbers for Key Encoding Rounds. With the previous pure AS3 implementation, a DB over 3MB with Key Encoding Rounds above 50000 could easily take a few minutes to decrypt and open, now with the Native implementation, this takes just a second, which feels a lot better, right? Performance was a major issue to me, and I encountered several difficulties while trying to solve this, after a visit at BBDevCon Europe last week, I finally got the answers I missed to finish this, and I can now go back to improving kiPas.

This release will also be the last one to support PlayBook OS1, with the imminent release of PlayBook OS2, I will now be focusing on redesigning the UI for a better look and feel, and added functionality (hint: search is next on the list), what I have seen of the new upcoming messaging app UI at BBDevCon convinced me it could be way better, and I plan to do it with BB10 phones forward compatibility in mind.

Finally, it brings in a few fixes and improvements:
– It is now possible to open the DataBase directly by pressing the keyboard Return key after filling the password.
– The Notes field was displaying extra line breaks, this has been fixed.
– The bug where two entries would display instead of just one when switching between apps has been fixed.

BB DevCon Amsterdam

January 30th, 2012 § Leave a Comment

I will be at the BlackBerry DevCon in Amsterdam next week!!

I’m very excited about it as it is the first dev conference I’m attending, I have registered to most sessions dealing with Adobe AIR and Web HTML 5 development, I will also attend most of the “Ask the experts” sessions, hoping to get a few clues to improve my apps. So if you will be in Amsterdam for the BB DevCon, just drop a comment :-)

To come back to apps, I hope I will be able to release just a bugfix version of kiPas before DevCon, and this will probably be the last version for PlayBook OS1, the next one will focus on compatibility with OS2, depending on what comes out of DevCon, I’m thinking about revamping the UI completely to abandon Flex… But the main focus for now is performance, I already made good progress, and the gain is really significant, so I will try to port all the cryptographic and hash computation to ANE. In any case, I will post an update for PlayBook OS2 release.

For OSCream, I’m also thinking about ANE to add support for OSC messages over UDP, this would make it easier to connect to OSC clients as most of them communicate over UDP, also, it would allow to connect to them without the need for OSCream Server to forward messages between TCP and UDP.

So stay tuned for updates, and maybe see you at BlackBerry DevCon!

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