EclipseCon Boston just closed the door and next EclipseCon conferences are waiting in the queue:
- EclipseCon France
- EclipseCon Europe
so I’m doing some more work on my brandnew Conference2Go EclipseCon APP built with Eclipse Momentics IDE and Cascades as native app.
Feedback of first version from EclipseCon Boston was great – please let me know what you’re missing for a perfect Conference App.
Update at BlackBerry World (FREE)
Today an update was approved at BlackBerry World.
New Video available
There’s also a new Video:
If you haven’t done before you should also watch the first video of this app, where I demonstrated all the other features:
what’s new ?
Now you can easy select / unselect your favorites and there’s a toggle to switch the ListViews between all or only favorites.
Hint: Screenshots on BlackBerry 10 devices done by Heiko Behrens http://shapeitapp.com service - so you can click on the image and zoom in to see the details.
Easy toggle between all or only favorite sessions / workshops
Starting the app gives you the list with all Sessions or Workshops:
Your favorites are marked with a flag. The ActionBar allows easy switching to your favorites – one tap and the same list displays only your favorites:
the Action is a toggle – so with one tap you’re back to the list of all sessions.
Dynamic Session Overview with pinch&zoom
Besides the ListView there’s now also an overview of all sessions (workshops) of the selected day:
- Sessions ordered in columns per room
- Sessions ordered in rows by start time and duration
- Height of sessions depends on length of session in minutes
- Pinch & Zoom to make it easy to get an overview or to see the details
- Tap on a session marks this as selected and opens details view
- Peeking back shows you the selected session colored
- Landscape and Portrait is supported
- All work done dynamically for selected day
- Sessions filtered to get only the favorites
- Only rooms will be displayed where sessions will happen (or if favorited)
- Scheduled items (Break, Lunch, Party, …) with grey background to easy distinguish
- Keynotes always fill a complete row
Let’s take a look at some screenshots – here’s an overview page:
Tap on a session opens Session Details page. Peeking back shows the selected session:
Here you only have favorited two sessions in two rooms – the page is adjusted to display only 2 columns for the rooms:
Same overview exists for workshop sessions: you see that there are only 2 sessions a day in each room:
A common problem with such views to be displayed on a smartphone is the limited size. So I tried to find a way to handle this. Overview can be done in Landscape or Portrait – switch back and force as you like. And pinch & zoom allows to see the overview or the details.
Use this overview as an addition to the ListViews – esp while planning your personal conference schedule.
The overview in Landscape:
or zoom in:
Cascades: create complex UI dynamically – performs blazing fast
How’s this done ?
All is native Cascades – no HTML-Web. All UI Elements are created dynamically while the Page is opened. If you take a look at the details of sessions, rooms, Keynotes, schedule items, timeline, room headers and footers … you can imagine what must be done to create the overview page for a complete day.
As I started developing this overview I wasn’t sure if it will work from a users POV or from performance. I’m really fascinated how fast these UI controls are created – there’s no visible delay, so I removed the Progress Animation I had already prepared.
And be aware – all is bound to an underlying data model. I managed to have data structures in JSON performing very well and easy to develop against with Cascades / Qt.
If you have a BlackBerry 10 Z10 (Touch) or Q10 (Keyboard) or DevAlpha – download the app and try it out. It’s FREE.
If you like it – please write a review at BlackBerry World – if you have requests or other feedback use the built-in feedback action from Application menu.
Some more updates will follow. stay tuned ….
… and see you at EclipseCon Europe or an Eclipse Democamp.