Time passed: 2 Hours 10 minutes
We started by continuing on the hello world example (one of the templates that come with Icenium Mist), and removed everything we didn’t want. We had a look at which controls Kendo UI Mobile had
and decided that a listview that on click navigates the user to a detail page was what we wanted.
We copied an example we found and removed what we didn’t need, and used our own data instead.
Time passed: 3 Hours 40 minutes
Afterwards we used the Kendo UI Mobile Theme wizard to pick out a look for our app, and created four header images to fill out the empty app.
Time passed: 4 Hours
Once happy with the look and feel it was time to publish. I’ve already published an Android app so I’ve paid the 25USD (I believe it is) developer fee and registered.
Under properties for the app we removed the permissions we didn’t need for the application, used pixlr.com to create the required icons, and used this site to create the 9-patch splash screen image for the Android application.
For certificate we selected Create => self signed identity. Once that was added we simply created the package. I logged into my Google Play account and uploaded the package, picked a name, set a description and added some images (I used Snagit for the screen shots).
Mum left to go to a Jazz concert with a friend, and I clicked ‘Publish App’
Time passed: 4 Hours 30 minutes
Mum said she really enjoyed it, and she would love to do it again – and add more functionality to the application. She came up with quite a few ideas that we didn’t have time for, but we wrote them all down for our next programming session. Nothing beats family time 🙂
When she came back from the Jazz concert she ran the app on the device, you simply create a QR code and scan it and it installs the app on your phone with Android. She was all smiles when she saw it on the phone, I know that feeling- the feeling of accomplishment! She asked for the code, ‘ I want the code’. Hm. I had signed in with my account when we made the app. I created a GitHub account for her, and with two clicks pushed the app to the repository. Then I created a Icenium Mist account for her and pulled down the app. I made sure to explain the basics of GitHub, and she carefully took notes.
Time passed: 4 Hours 50 minutes
Here is the application, published on Google Play. We probably need some more functions to have it published in App Store so we’ll wait with that. I had such a great time, being able to share what I love so much doing – programming- with my mum and seeing her liking it as much as I do. And as for Icenium?- Well, I really like it and will absolutely use it more- so expect more blog posts on Icenium 🙂
This week and the week after that I’m organizing two User Group meetups on Kendo UI at the Sweden Pluralsight Study Group- so hopefully I’ll get to sharpen those skills a little bit more 😀