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Using Tizen’s C API

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Hello everyone, I have dedicated some time to hack the Tizen’s source avaliable at https://review.tizen.org/git and to be more specific I’m focusing my effort on contacts integration. So I found a way to communicate with the Tizen’s contacts database, there is a C API for that and you can find the code here: https://review.tizen.org/git/?p=api/contacts.git;a=summary . To be honest I didn’t like this API and here are the reasons:

  • Some search functions like contact_foreach_contact_from_db() does not return all contact information, like the phone number. And I can’t understand why.
  • It’s difficult to find the libs you want to use it in the repository. Because sometimes you just don’t have a clue what its name is.
  • It would be great if we had a docs page, because going around the source code too nice.

Saying that, I created a very, very simple contacts list based on EFL and of course using the Tizen’s C API for contacts.

So let’s begin !

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Running EFL Apps on Tizen

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Hello everyone,

I’m excited to report that I’ve got a demo of a native App running on Tizen! And what I mean by native is, compiled C programs and not HTML5 + Javascript Apps. The App is  EFL (Enlightenment Foundation Libraries) based, alsoa good point to notice here is that all the Apps that come with your phone ( Calendar, Dialer, Contacts, etc.) are EFL based as well. And the best part of it is that the company that I work at (ProFUSION) is a big EFL project contributor, so we have plenty of in-house experience with it.

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Message App – Templates.

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Hello everyone, today we will add a new feature in the message App. Now it will be possible to create template messages to send to your contacts.

Just as an example, imagine that you want to ask to Jim, Gary and Tom what are they doing. Usually you would create three different SMSs to send to them. But with this new feature you would create a template like this: “Hey, what are you doing tonight, <name> ?” and then  you add your friends and click send. The App will parse your message and send to each of your friends the following message:

Message to Jim – “Hey, what are you doing tonight, Jim?”

Message to Gary – “Hey, what are you doing tonight,  Gary?”

Message to Tom – “Hey, what are you doing tonight,  Tom?”

So let’s start!

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Installing your Apps in the Tizen’s dev phone

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Hello everyone,

Some work colleagues went to Tizen’s first conference in San Francisco last week. The conference was supported by a lot of companies, one of them being ProFusion. Also at the conference my colleagues got the development device. But I’m not here to review the phone, today I’m here to show you how to install your Apps in the first Tizen phone !

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Tizen SDK 1.0 – Porting the SMS App

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Last week Samsung released the newest version of the Tizen’s SDK and it’s called Larkspur. A lot of things have been added and you will see that the look and feel of the phone is different. If you’re interested in the release notes, you can check it here: https://developer.tizen.org/sdk/tizen-sdk-1.0-larkspur-release-notes .

I upgraded my SDK to the new one and I realized that my SMS App wasn’t working anymore and I discovered that they made some changes in the messaging API after a quick  investigation. I couldn’t find a place where they say what was changed in the API for the 1.0 version, so if you made an APP download the newest SDK and test it !

Now that we are aware of this little inconvenience I will explain that changes that must be made to the SMS app to work in this new version.

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SMS App – Improved

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Welcome back everyone, today we will continue the development of the SMS App adding two functionalities. We will be able to send SMS and integrate with the contacts list.

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A simple SMS reader

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Hello,

Today we will make our first Tizen App. If you used the phone emulator before, you will notice that it does not  have a built-in SMS App and to be honest I don’t know why they didn’t make one. So as our first App we will make a simple SMS reader.

For now Apps are made using HTML and Javascript (jQuery is avaliable), but in the future other ways to construct Apps might be possible. If you don’t know anything about HTML, Javascript and the plugin jQuery. Take a look in these links:

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