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LDS Tools for Blackberry

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:46 am
by techgy
Does anyone have any information about LDS Tools being available for the Blackberry?
The Mobile Applications site doesn't show it, but a friend of mine acquired it a while ago in beta format.

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:20 am
by RossEvans
techgy wrote:Does anyone have any information about LDS Tools being available for the Blackberry?
The Mobile Applications site doesn't show it, but a friend of mine acquired it a while ago in beta format.


The Wiki dev page contains a link to an alpha version, not beta. Perhaps that is what your friend is running.

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:31 am
by techgy
RossEvans wrote:The Wiki dev page contains a link to an alpha version, not beta. Perhaps that is what your friend is running.


Thanks! As I haven't seen what he has, I don't know, but I'll pass this along.

Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:41 pm
by danmcf
Cool.... That version does work. It is not pretty nor are there callings yet. But it is functional.... it will help during my travels with the Elders.

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:30 am
by csession
I am kind of stuck on the Blackberry platform, but none of the new LDS.org Apps will
work on the Blackberry Browser -- I get browser errors before the SSO login.

I have been delighted with the unapproved, non-sanctioned, not-endorsed 3rd
party iStake application. It works great for accessing the ward list and
calendar on the legacy https://secure.lds.org/units login.

The problem is that my ward moved to using the new LDS.org tools for their
ward calendar and no updates are being made to the old calendar that iStake
uses.

Q1: Which data sources does the "LDS Tools for iPhone" use? Legacy or
new?

Q2: What is the roadmap for allowing developers for platforms other than
iDevices? Could the developer leverage access to the personal feeds for the
calendar found here: https://lds.org/church-calendar/export.jsp

Thanks

Posted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:02 am
by RossEvans
csession wrote:Q1: Which data sources does the "LDS Tools for iPhone" use? Legacy or
new?


LDS Tools does not scrape either the old or new web site, but it is populated by special web services closely related to the new web site. So its calendar data would be the new calendar.

csession wrote:Q2: What is the roadmap for allowing developers for platforms other than
iDevices?


There is no roadmap that I know of allowing third-party developers to access the web services API, which are intended for Church-sponsored "Community" developers. In practice, that restriction is not yet being enforced, but I expect it to be someday.

There is a roadmap for Community development of LDS Tools on other devices. See the main Wiki page for LDS Tools. If you follow the links there to the Blackberry project, you will see that it is in an early stage.

csession wrote:Could the developer leverage access to the personal feeds for the
calendar found here: https://lds.org/church-calendar/export.jsp


I don't see why not. (Note that this is a different method than using the calendar web service described above.)

Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 7:20 am
by mstauff
There is a new release available: http://jimmy.devenport.org/bb/lds/LdsTools.jad
It adds callings, some gui enhancements, and bug fixes (does not include any calendar functionality). Hopefully the official beta will be available soon through lds.org. Waiting for approval from IP/Correlation department.

Posted: Sun May 29, 2011 10:52 am
by jgourlie
mstauff wrote:There is a new release available: http://jimmy.devenport.org/bb/lds/LdsTools.jad
It adds callings, some gui enhancements, and bug fixes (does not include any calendar functionality). Hopefully the official beta will be available soon through lds.org. Waiting for approval from IP/Correlation department.



that link just downloaded the older alpha version .343 or whatever it was....is there a different link for the newer version??

Link fixed

Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:10 pm
by jgdtech
Link fixed. Should show up as version 0.0.35.

jgourlie wrote:that link just downloaded the older alpha version .343 or whatever it was....is there a different link for the newer version??

Just downloaded version 0.0.35 ..

Posted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:13 am
by steve.nahas
As a long time Bberry user and (former) iStake customer ... this application is coming along nicely! A few comments:

- Any ETA on version 1.0? ... (or even the next beta release?)
- Do you have plans to integrate with Bberry contacts?
- Any plans to add basic reports from MLS?
- Any plans to consider user access rights to view b-days, etc?

I like the idea to allow the user the choice to utilize Google Maps ... like to see that in the next release.

Overall - very well done. Thank you!