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Common Pitfalls with Intuitive Apps - Smartphone Development

One of the reasons BlackBerry devices have become so popular is that they are very intuitive to use. As a developer, you will need to make sure the applications you build for BlackBerries fit this model. But how do you build an intuitive app? Keep reading.

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  1. Programming Intuitively with the BlackBerry Browser
  2. Common Pitfalls with Intuitive Apps
By: Joe eitel
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July 21, 2009

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Over the years applications and other software have become more intuitive, which has led users to feel so confident that they often think they can sit down in front of a new piece of software and immediately understand how to use it. Unfortunately, if the software isnít that easy to understand, the developer may catch a lot of blame. So, exactly how intuitive should you make your apps for the BlackBerry browser?

First, itís important to understand that applications and other software usually accomplish some very complex tasks. Generally speaking, users who have no experience or understanding in the field of knowledge the software addresses, probably wonít be able to use an app. The problem with this is that they expect to be able to do so. On the other hand, whatís the fun in creating an excellent app if only a small handful of people are familiar with developing in this field? Itís definitely a catch-22.

Simply put, complex tasks are going to require complex software, and itís okay to create these types of applications as long as theyíre being marketed to the right people. As a developer, you shouldnít set out to only create intuitive applications. Rather, your goal should be continuously finding ways to make sure that users get up to speed, and when they are, they can set out and fly on their own.

Intuitive Programming with Advanced BlackBerry Browser Development

BlackBerryís new Push technology has made intuitive programming a snap. As a matter of fact, it may lead some users into thinking their BlackBerry has a mind of its own and magically knows what information to send, and when to send it. A push application is specifically designed to both enhance and simplify the distribution of corporate data to mobile employees. The beauty of this development is that users donít have to request the data they receive; it simply gets sent to them as soon as it becomes available. Whatís more intuitive than that?

The new Push Application Programming Interface (API) enables developers to access the power of the BlackBerry Push infrastructure while infusing their Java applications with the speed to which smartphone users have become accustomed. Simply put, BlackBerry developers can now create apps that are more intuitive than ever before, and that will greatly enhance the smartphone experience. This interface is so advanced, in fact, that it may be the only step necessary to mobilize existing applications in your organization.

BlackBerry devices support three push services for BlackBerry browser content: browser channel push, browser message push, and the browser cache push. Browser channel pushes are used to create a new channel or update a pre-existing channel. To send an alert or push a web page to the user's BlackBerry device, you can use a browser message push. If you need to ensure that a user has access to pages even when they are outside of a wireless coverage area, you can use a browser cache push.  

As you can see, creating intuitive programming for the BlackBerry browser has become even easier thanks to the Push technologies now available to developers. As mentioned previously, itís also of the utmost importance that you know your market and how adept they are at working with new applications. Not every app has to be intuitive, but if it has to be, utilizing Push technologies is the best route.



 
 
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