Github repos for WindowsPhone and Legacy BlackBerry

This morning I finished setting up Github repositories for the WordPress for Windows Phone (trac), and WordPress for Legacy BlackBerry (trac) apps.

The svn history and authorship are preserved, however, if I missed linking up an author to their Github account let me know. For both Github repos I’ve set the default branch to develop and the associated website to this blog.

Both svn repos included directories for graphics and other binaries which I have not tried to import. I think its probably fine to just leave them in their respective svn repos, but if we want to move them let’s talk about the best way, adding them to a new branch seems weird.

#blackberry, #git, #github, #svn, #windowsphone

GSoC 2013: current state

Hi guys,
I’m here again to update you about my work on my Google Summer of Code of the past year. I know, it’s been a while since there is no official update on my project, but I didn’t abandoned it, so here is something I’ve done (on my spare time).
I’ve cleaned up the code and added some more functionality (as the multi-blogs management part and other small features).
Now, the app is not yet on the BlackBerry AppWorld (since this is still a beta), but I think I’m now able to release it (as a release candidate) on the store, at least to grab more tester.

So, here is the link to my github repos (with the latest sources) :
https://github.com/b0unc3/WordPress-bb10

In the repo you’ll find, in the beta/ folder, the latest installable .bar (1.2.7.2)
https://github.com/b0unc3/WordPress-bb10/raw/master/beta/wp_bb10-1_2_7_2.bar

I’ll put it on the store today, the available link will follow soon.

If you are able to try this app, please report any kind of feedback to me.

Best Regards,
Daniele Maio.

#blackberry, #gsoc

Weekly dev chat summary for Oct 21, 2013

Chat log

Agenda:

  • Android Status
  • iOS Status
  • GSoC Projects
  • Handbook
  • This week

Android Status

  • 2.5: A handful of issues were found during QA and the team has been working on fixes. There are currently two left. Once these are sorted the QA cycle will restart.
  • Development for the next release (2.6) with an improved welcome/signup flow and Native Reader is finished and ready for testing.

iOS Status

  • Last week was a good bug fixing sprint and 3.8.4 is almost ready and we’ll be starting testing soon.
  • 3.8.3 status – crashes are way down and reviews are improving a bit. Still seeing some login issues that need to be worked on but the majority of the issues still being reported are fixed in 3.8.4.

GSoC Projects

  • The code for the GSoC BlackBerry and Firefox OS WordPress apps has been added to the WordPress-Mobile github repos. There is more work to do on both apps before they are ready for a v 1.0 release.

Handbook

  • Missing iOS parts are still a WIP.
  • New release schedule page is just about ready.
  • Versluis expressed his interest in helping out with the handbook.

This week

  • iOS : finish 3.8.4, testing and submit!
  • Android: fix remaining issues with 2.5 an another round of QA. Go after some quick wins on github tickets and other ui improvements.

Next Dev Chat

Join us next week on Monday Oct 28 at 16:00 UTC in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#blackberry, #dev-chat, #firefox-os, #gsoc, #handbook, #wpandroid, #wpios

GSoC – week 15: All done.

Here we are, I’ve completed my project and submitted all the stuff to the GsoC for the final evaluation. Now I don’t want to bother you with more word, let’s go to the serious thing 🙂

Here is a short demo of the app running on my BlackBerry Z10 (sorry for the poor quality!):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89L8kQjCCQo

The project sources code are on the official SVN repo here :
https://gsoc.svn.wordpress.org/2013/b0unc3/trunk/

There is also a GIT repo, here :
https://github.com/b0unc3/WordPress-bb10

For whom feel brave enough, but not enough to compile and run the code 🙂 , a .bar beta package is present in all the repos in a “beta/” directory it contains the latest version installable on your devices.
You can install it with the blackberry-delpoy command line tool, or by sideloading it (google will help you with it 😉 )

svn : https://gsoc.svn.wordpress.org/2013/b0unc3/trunk/beta/wp_bb10-1_0_0_1.bar
git: https://github.com/b0unc3/WordPress-bb10/blob/master/beta/wp_bb10-1_0_0_1.bar

That’s all! I hope you find comfortable with it. If you have any suggestions/critics/feedback/whatever, please, feel free to contact me directly.

I want to give a special big thanks to the WordPress community and GsoC program, I found this experience amazing and I learned a lot!
Thanks!

Best Regards,
Daniele Maio.

#blackberry, #gsoc

GSoC – week 13: Finishing up

During this week I’ve tried to found and fix some bugs, currently I’ve a working app, it does all the basic stuff for blogs management, I’ve tried to make it as easy as possible, I’m not a blogger, so i hope that who have to use it daily will found it usable and comfortable. The app looks perfectly integrated into the bb10 system. There are still some bugs and glitches that I’m try to fix, I’ll do my best to get it fixed by monday. I’m trying to record a short screencast demo to show what I’ve done so far and how to use it. That’s all, the project fits with the schedule I’ve proposed, the only missed part is the category/tags management and other little features (I hope to have a chance to complete it once the GsoC is over, if possible). Now, for me, start the hard part, that is writing the documentation 🙂 I need to understand what I have to write and some other stuff, I’ll be in touch with my mentor that (hopefully) would help me.

#blackberry, #gsoc

GSoC – week 12: Almost Done

During this week I finished up the function to make a blog post, also with the upload of an image. This has taken a very long time and headaches, I’ve tried a lot of combinations to make this upload correct, but sometimes I got an xml with error on it and sometimes the xml looks good but the url point to a corrupted image (e.g. nothing to show), but at last, with the help of my mentor, I found out the problem and fixed it (basically I forgot to use the tag :/).
I’ve also fixed the multi-blogs part, now you can add more than one blog and choose the one to use on the fly, by the vertical menu that will show you a dialog with a dropdown list where you can select the blog you want to use.
Due to the problems I had with the image upload, that’s all for this week.
For the next week I’ll finish the comments/pages management, and I’ll do some lifting on the app.
Since we are approaching the ‘pencil down’ deadlines the next week should be the last for making some code, and I think this is fine, I feel in time with the schedule.
Later on today I’ll update the repo with the latest sources.

#blackberry, #gsoc

GSoC – week 11 : Something real

This has been an intensive week. I’ve merged other pieces of code…and that’s what I got:


What currently works, as you may understand from the screen shot above, is the view of posts/pages/comments, they are all displayed in a same-style listview, for the comments I coloured the status to get an hint at a first look.
The app is also capable of making a new post (no media yet, but I’m working on this).
I’ve created three menus, one contains the links to see the lists, another (on the right) contains the common actions to add a post/page/comment or refresh the page.
There is also another menu, that will appear once you long-press an item that would let you edit or delete it. There a problem raise up, it looks like this menu isn’t capable to access the other (already declared) available resources. I hope to found a solution/workaround quickly.
So, what is missed, and what I’ve to implement yet is: a better managment for multi-blogs (my mentor gave me a simple and huge advice on how to do that, so it would be done in a few days), the media upload stuff and complete the comments/pages managment.
That would be basically all, the app is ready now, you can test it if you want, the code is on the official repo.

#blackberry, #gsoc

GSoC – week 10 : Stumbling upon

In this week I had to face off with an hiccup (that really drives me nuts) due to a strange behavior during the XML parsing. Since I’m parsing the XML in Qt, I’ll put all the elements in a QvariantMap, but, it looks like, that some times the pairs key:value goes overwritten and return an unexpected value. I think I found out the reason and I made a quick workaround to fix this issue, I’ll dig more on it to find a stable solution.
Due to this hiccup I haven’t finished yet the UI part to make a post, I’ll hope, in order to get back on schedule, to have it done until the end of this week.
As suggested by my mentor, from the comment of the last week’s post, I’ve created another UI for the posts/pages/comments page using a vertical menu (sx) that contains the links to go to the Posts/Pages/Comments pages, and another vertical menu (dx), that would be a contextual menu, currently it only contains the actions of add/edit/delete (post/page/comment), not yet fully implemented.
There another little problem raise up, since I’m using a NavigationPane to go forward and back through the pages, and, for this new UI, I have to use a TabbedPane; well, a NavigationPane cannot call a page that contains a TabbedPane. I have to find a solution, I’ve already talked on #blackberrydev on IRC, they suggested some workaround, but nothing that has convinced me. I’ll dig more on this as well.
In the next days I’ll update the code on the repo.

#blackberry, #gsoc

GSoC – week 9 : merging up

During this lazy week (due to the mid-august holiday, that here in Sicily we spent all day and night in the beach, and everybody is on holiday) , I’ve finished the core for the function that make a post. I’ve also created some mock-ups about the post view, I’ve thinked about a lot of solutions, and I’ve shared some of these mock-up with my mentor, awaiting feedback. The most challenging part was that, in my mind, I would like to create some sort of skeleton of a basic UI to re-use it in the other pages (like comments, pages etc)
I’ve also populated the repo with the last code, that is a merge for the standalone functions that I’ve created before the UI. Nowadays the app is capable of doing the login process, searching for the XML-RPC endopoint, fetch the blog(s) list. There, as my mentor suggested to me, I’ve to modified a bit this function, because if there is just one blog I can skip the blog(s) selection UI. Once the blog(s) are been added, I could do the fetch of the recent posts.
Next step is to finish the UI, that will take no more than other few days, do the other function to make the call to see the comments/pages and merge the function to make a post.

#blackberry, #gsoc

GSoC – week 7 : midterm is here

This week has been marked up by the upcoming midterm evaluation. I would like to do a little summary of what I’ve done till now.

Once I’ve started the Google Summer of Code, with the help of my mentor, we both decided, as for what was on my schedule, to start the project by making some mockup/skecth of the UI. This was a first exciting step for me, since I’ve never used ( in a ‘professional’ way ) those kind of tools, my mentor suggested me to use Balsamiq to do this stuff; a new tool to learn, but I think it is worth it, I’m quite sure I’ll use it again (sooner or later).
After this, that maybe has taken some more time than usual since it’s new for me, I’ve started making some code. I’ve improved my skills on Cascades and tried to make a good looking UI. Using Cascades and dealing with the layouts was nice, there are a lot of different layours for different situations and choosing the right one without trying the rest is a risk, so I’ve tried a pair of these, and then I choosed the one that, for me, fits best for the purpose I need (and is also pretty to see).
Later on I’ve made some code to implement the login process, but, the first move I made was partially wrong. Well, the problem is that the login process is a bit more complex than I had imagined. Anyway, thanks to the great help of my mentor that gave me a good understanding on what are the necessary steps to make a good login process, at last, I made it. The next big move has been to integrate this piece of code, in order to connect it with the interaction from the QML. It has been a little bit harder to do since Cascades connects the C++ classes in a different way than the pure QML does (that is what I’ve already used in the past), but, after some headaches, I got it working. So the big login part is almost over.
The current situation is then: a working UI with the fileds (username,password,blog address) to make the login, and a button, that once pressed, it will make some C++ call(s) to deal with the network stuff, downloading/parsing XML/HTML and do all the other required steps for the login process.
Recently I’ve implemented a function to make a new blog post (currently without media). It is in an early stage, but, as far as I can tell, it seems to work.
For the next week(s) I will take care about the UI, the representation of the posts (I think I will go with the classic listview). I will also implement some more functionality and moreover, try to understand which features are necessary (or mandatory) to implement and decide where to place it (from a layout point of view).

#blackberry, #gsoc