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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In-App Purchases Made Simple

The process of adding in-app purchases to a Cascades app has proven daunting for many of you out there, but today I will attempt to make life easier for all of you.  About 6 months ago, when I first attempted to add in-app purchases to a Cascades app, there was a lot of head scratching and staring at the screen, but eventually it clicked well enough for me to implement.  After that, I spent a lot of time really wrapping my head around the code, and I am finally at a point where I can simplify the presentation of this code. Interested? Keep reading...

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Dark & Bright Themes for your app

Hey everyone!  I'm glad to finally be doing my first Cascades tutorial.  Maybe you've seen me on Twitter or on the BlackBerry Developer forums.  I'm the developer of PinGuin which was the winner of the 2013 BlackBerry Jam Camp Cambridge.  Over the past year I've been quickly getting to know the BlackBerry 10 OS and along with it, Cascades.  This is going to be the first of MANY tutorials to come.

This tutorial focuses on adding Dark and Bright themes your native Cascades app.  It's a very simple feature and one that I like to incorporate into my applications so that users can change my apps' themes to fit how they like their phones to look while using them!

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Basic Web Browser in Cascades

So, it's been a while since I have been able to get any code together for you guys, but now that MockIt! has launched officially, I should have time to get some posts together (big post coming within a few days!).  Also, Brandon Orr (@elbranduco) will be getting some awesome tutorials together for you Cascades devs.

Today, I made a small project for a friend of mine, and thought some of you might find it helpful.  The app is a simple one page web browser built in Cascades.

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Build Video: Digital Oscilloscope DIY Kit

Why am I covering Arduino Here?

I have some exciting projects coming up that involve Arduino and BlackBerry and in order to make those happen, I need to help show you how Arduino works first!

About the Kit:

For those of you who know me, I recently ordered a large shipment of PCB boards from a company some of you may have heard called SparkFun. Besides getting a whole bunch of cool boards, I made one additional unnecessary purchase: A DIY Digital Oscilloscope Kit.

See the assembly video here.

My rating: Medium Difficulty - Not for Beginners, and 5/5 for Fun!

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JavaScript Functions and Preserving Data

Cascades is a framework built on top of Qt, a C++ application framework. Qt allows for fantastic user interfaces with a custom language based on JavaScript called QML, or Qt Modeling Language. Not only is QML based on the structure of JavaScript, but it allows us to use JavaScript in our code.

Coming from a web design background, I have almost ZERO experience with C++. I'm not saying it's difficult to use or challenging, I'm just personally not use to it. When I learned that I can opt for JavaScript to do simple functions instead of C++ I was ecstatic, I just wasn't sure where to start.

In this tutorial I'm going to walk you through making a random number generator using some JavaScript MATH functions as well as creating our own.

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