My story is just like many others. I was always interested in making mobile apps but had never gotten fully into it. When I was younger I made a small flash game in AS2 just for fun and to see what I could achieve. A while later I looked at developing for iPhone and android but you needed a mac to dev for the iPhone and android wasn't making devs much money at the time so I didn't bother. I learnt about adobe air when browsing on the web around the time of the adobe max conference where the playbook was shown. The playbook didn't catch my interest at first but I was really excited that I would be able to create iPhone and android apps with one source code and with flash, something I had a little experience with at least. So I started learning the ropes of AS3 and got started on a phone app until I heard about the playbook promotion. Once I heard about getting a free playbook I ditched the phone app and dived straight in to making the best playbook app ever but after about a week and having not made as much progress as I had hoped on the awesome app I decided to do something that would be a bit quicker to make sure I still got a playbook, then I could work on the awesome app. For the core of my app I actually just used the code from a Visual Basic program I had made with some clever find and replaces to get the syntax right. After that I still pent quite a but of time implementing QNX components, skinning the UI and making it all look nice. I had it ready in the middle of January, the month the first deadline ended. The vendor approval process took a lot longer than I expected. I actually thought that I would probably be able to sign up and submit my app in one night. In the end I didn't submit my app until the start of March because I took such a long time to organise a notary to finally get vendor approval. Signing was also a massive pain in the bit. What I had anticipated as a 10 minute job in the afternoon ended up taking me into the early hours of the morning, there were so many bugs and little annoying things and I have this forum to thank for all of its useful posts that gave me clues and finally helped me get it signed (even though I wasn't posting at the time). Finally, after a nervous wait my app, Tennis Scorer was approved but it was another nervous 3 days before I finally got the form asking me to order my playbook. I can't wait to finish working on all my other playbook app ideas and maybe in the future I'll port them to other platforms as well.
-3 April 2011