Finally, here’s the much-demanded second part to this QML beginner-focused series. Okay, one guy asked, but he sounded really interested.
I said at the end of the first article that I would progress to the next phase in this one. But the request for a screenshot of the app at this point got me to thinking that it would be worth more to fledgling QML developers if I backed up and broke down the code. So let’s do it. There’s a lot to cover, so I’ll spread it across two or three articles. Continue reading
Posted in Getting Qt, Into Outreach, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Smooth Codings, The Write Stuff
Tagged forumnokia, GPS, LinkedIn, MotoRing, N9, N950, Nokia, QML, Qt
I unloaded some Qt newbie frustration the other day detailing my first serious efforts to code for the Nokia N9. Now I’d like to step back a bit and outline the actual project, and in subsequent posts walk other newcomers through my coding journey of pleasure and pain.
I really wasn’t very apprehensive about Qt, especially the mature 4.7. Friends kept telling me how easy it was, and the Qt Creator environment did not look difficult at all at first glance. Continue reading
Posted in Getting Qt, Into Outreach, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Smooth Codings, The Cat Corral, The Process and Product Frontier
As I’ve noted before, I have been interested in Qt development for some time and finally got to where I could allocate the hours to learning. I missed out on local Qt training a while back so I’m dependent on documentation along with patient people online.
The latter have been a huge help. I’ve encountered some weird and frustrating situations from which many friends have rescued me. The former, however, have been severely lacking. But let me share the pain with you progressively.
I decided to create an application for the Nokia N9. The app will make use of GPS and cellular services mainly, and shouldn’t be very complicated. I chose Qt Quick because I wanted to see how mature QML really is at this point. Plus I’m allergic to C++. Continue reading
Posted in Getting Qt, Mentioning MeeGo, Smooth Codings, The Write Stuff, Unusability, Views and Reviews, Ways of Rocking
Tagged forumnokia, GPS, LinkedIn, Nokia, QML, Qt, twitter
Nokia’s S40 operating system has long been relegated to non-multitasking offerings in its stable of devices. Simple to implement and use, it’s the ammunition for Nokia’s carpet-bomb-the-developing-world-with-cellphones strategy. Symbian, and then Maemo, and then MeeGo and now Windows Phone 7 have been touted as the operating system(s) for the rich high end (excluding Vertu and some other exceptions).
The thinking seems to have been, “Get low-end Nokia devices into the hands of those who can’t/won’t yet use or afford smartphones, and then migrate them upward when the time is right”.
Great tactic in theory, but it has so far failed to succeed as needed. For Nokia, anyway. Continue reading
Posted in Getting Qt, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged forumnokia, LinkedIn, Maemo, MeeGo, Nokia, Qt, S40, Symbian, Tracfone, Windows Phone 7, WP7
The choice buzzword since the February 11 Nokia-Microsoft deal (satirically tagged on twitter as #NoWin) is ecosystem. Stephen Elop’s vision apparently stops short of a Linux-powered mobile solution. Either the newly-minted Nokia CEO can’t see how to monetize it or thinks it hasn’t happened fast enough for him– pick your choice of pundit assessments here.
The strategy that Nokia had originally described when migrating their Maemo efforts to the joint MeeGo venture with Intel was that the added value for their corporate bottom line would come from a combination of lower internal OS development costs along with a customized user experience on top of the MeeGo core… one that was promised at one point to “knock our socks off”. Who could reasonably argue with such a concept?
Obviously, Nokia’s board of directors and their recent replacement for Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo. Continue reading
Posted in Addressing Retention, Gamespace, Getting Qt, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Out There, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews, Ways of Rocking
Tagged Akademy 2010, Android, Apple, Blackberry, disapora, ecosystem, forumnokia, Intel, iOS, iTunes, KDE, LinkedIn, Linux, MeeGo, Microsoft, Nokia, Ovi, Qt, RIM, WebOS, Windows Phone 7, WP7, Xbox
The surprising selection of Canadian and former Microsoftie Stephen Elop for new Nokia CEO has triggered mass speculation that the company has finally decided to walk the walk on this continent. The invitation to numerous bloggers from North America to attend Nokia World 2010 in London pretty much seals the deal.
What isn’t clear however lies in the dust of details. Continue reading
Posted in Getting Qt, Into Outreach, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged forumnokia, Maemo, market, MeeGo, mobile, Nokia, Nokia World, North America, Ovi, Qt, United States, US
Nokia has been proudly touting some impressive statistics of its Ovi store recently, and on the surface they do seem promising. Given their global cell phone sales numbers, that shouldn’t be surprising. Even though Nokia has hit a rough spot, the company still manages to crank out more devices per year than any competitor.
However, looking into the details exposes some disturbing aspects.
Posted in Delivering Quality, Into Outreach, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Write Stuff, Unusability, Views and Reviews
Tagged developers, forumnokia, Maemo, maemo.org, MeeGo, Nokia, Ovi, Ovi Store, Python, Qt, statistics
I realize I’m courting controversy with the title, but for good reason. I’m going to set aside any unsavory or otherwise questionable aspects of Microsoft business practices to focus on one that has worked very well for them and I believe can for MeeGo as well:
I’ve made it clear with this blog that the bulk of my information management and software development experience evolved in Microsoft business environments. That naturally led to heavy involvement in Microsoft’s developer community, which included local and regional product launch and outreach events.
It’s no secret that Microsoft loves developers. MSDN, Technet and the Microsoft Partner Network are successful examples of the company’s long romance with coders.
And one thing Microsoft does know how to do is throw a party. I remember vividly the roaring 90s, when thousands of people packed the streets of downtown Dallas, Texas for the Windows NT Workstation 4.0 launch, each clutching free disks loaded not just with that cool new operating system but with fullblown Office as well. And even when things slowed down after the 2000 tech bubble bust the parties continued, just a little smaller. Great food, cool prize drawings, handouts of expensive software. Oh, and key presentations too. Continue reading
Posted in Great Governance, Into Outreach, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Cat Corral, The Write Stuff, Ways of Rocking
Tagged developer, Intel, Linux Foundation, MeeGo, Microsoft Partner Network, MSDN, Nokia, outreach, Qt, Technet, United States