Simple Active Frames

One of the features that make Native Cascades stand out from Android ports, as well as from competitors like iOS is Active Frames.  Active Frames are a useful tool that can provide important app information to users in the active frames pane on BlakcBerry 10.  Information such as recently viewed articles in an RSS feed app, or latest tweets can provide useful information for users without having to enter the application.  Developers have the ability to pick and choose what they want to show users in active frames and aren't restricted to one definition or use-case.  I personally like to add a nice cover image to the active frame even if I'm not going to invest the time into coding some important information for my active frames.  It looks more professional and visually appealing to users to give them that all-around BlackBerry 10 experience.

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Custom Title Bars

App development is a blend between the functional and aestethic.  Developers are often striving to bring out a certain identity or feel from their app.  Whether it's a company logo or a certain colour tone that is present throughout the application.  Today I'm going to be walking you through how to implement your own custom title bars in Cascades.  It's a fairly simple process, that I'm sure will have many delighted to know that it does not touch any src code (i.e. C++), it only uses QML!

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Creating a Box to Read Your Tweets

After recently getting an Arduino Yun from Newark Canada, I decided to put together a fun build video for IoT fans out there!  This video will show you how to build your own Arduino Tweet Box using an Adruino Yun and an EMIC2.  For fun, I decided to add a 2 line LCD as well (for folks who don’t have an EMIC2 or found it to be too pricy).  In my next EMIC-2 article, I'll go one step farther, and show you how you can send text from your BlackBerry to your EMIC 2 and make it speak for you by leveraging its text-to-speech function (Exterrrrminate, Exterrrrrrminaaaaate!).

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Pull to refresh

For most people, lists in mobile apps have gone hand in hand with the pull to refresh for a while now.  Many of the biggest apps like Facebook, Twitter, among others make use of it to load feed data into a list.  Today I will be showing you how to add a pull to refresh in your own app using a listview!  To tell you the truth I didn't even know how to do this until a few weeks back when Jeremy Duke @BerryInformed gave me this little sample I will be using today to show you how to implement it.

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Invoke BBM Channels

 

If you haven't been living under a rock you will have probably heard of BlackBerry's new social network feature called BBM Channels!  It's a new fresh take on allowing people to post content and consumers to get in touch with that content.  Luckily, BlackBerry has provided a way for developers to link their channels, or other relevant channels, within their app.  This is how.

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Localizing and translating your application

 

This tutorial focuses on adding localization and translations to your native Cascades app.  Many of you already know that Blackberry has a tremendous following outside of the English speaking world.  Places like the Middle-East, Indonesia and South America have a great BlackBerry userbase.  Even though you could be building an awesome app it's important to understand who your customers are and how you can cater to them.  If you're building a complicated app with lots of labels and text throughout you may want to consider localizing your application and providing translations for other languages. It's a feature that I like to incorporate into my applications so that users can understand what's going on while using my apps.

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