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It has been a few weeks that we have been witnessing a Twitter account regarding some Sailfish OS application development and as it turned out the rather clever guy who tweets there, is a Sailfish Application developer who decides to remain anonymous at the moment but note that in mind, This guy does NOT work for Jolla although we can count it as working “with” Jolla. You know? #Jolla2Gether sort of way 😉
So we decided to have an interview with him about his ongoing and future projects, and he gladly accepted.
And here we go:
Jolla Users: Hi! Hope you’re having a great weekend Mr… Let’s call you Mr. Developer since you want to be anonymous at the moment. But the point is that you’re a Sailfish dev! So you’re special to us and it seems you have great motivations to develop apps for Sailfish OS.
- Mr. Dev: Thank you very much for suggesting me this interview. I’m very honoured and happy about it. 🙂
J.U: So, Mr. Developer, tell us about your previous experiences on application development before Sailfish was born, Are you new to this era or you have had experiences on developing mobile applications before?
- Mr. Dev: To be honest I do not have any experience developing applications before. I have messed around with N9 and tried to do something but… I never got interested about it.I’m kind of a perfectionist and I never got satisfaction for what I tried to do. For some reason Sailfish (mostly Marc Dillon at first, to be honest ..) got my attention – and here I am. I want this community to grow and I try to do my best so there are applications available when we get our first Jolla phone.
J.U: Can you please tell us briefly about your on-going projects, ideas and future projects?
- Mr. Dev: Well, there are a lot of projects going on. Few days a go I think I mentioned 13 but now there are 17. I know it’s kind of lot for just one person but like I said I’m a perfectionist. My main focus is always on one project at a time. But if I end up in a tough situation I take a break from it, work with other application or game and come back to it after a day or two I- and usually that’s when I have solved the problem. 🙂Like I’ve said somewhere on Internet my personal challenge is to bring as many applications and games as I can. When we get our hands to Jolla I start updating them – mostly UI part but as well as optimizing and adding more functionalities. I have a lot of ideas for many projects I work with but I know I don’t have time for all of them. So when I start updating them I have schedule already so it should not be so hard.
J.U: Do you have any Screenshots available of the current projects in progress? With some little brief explanations for each photo please?
- Mr. Dev: Updated search view from Wine cellar application. From pulley menu (located on top) you can either enter the advanced search (search by varietal, vintage, vineyard, region, … – the main search view is just for basic searching where you can enter e.g. part of wine name, region and vintage to get the results) or notes (you’re able to save notes for each wine and mark them either as a favourite or distasteful – this possibility is only for wines, not for varietal or vineyard).
- This is how the results shows up. In bottom you see how many results you got (at this point maximum is set to 15 but of course it could be less) out of how many total. This way you get the idea do you need more specific keywords or enter the advanced results. You’re also able to immediately get back to top.
- This is a view for vineyard details. You get to this point when you flick left from the results page. It loads the information related to that specific file. From pulley menu you can choose between varietal or vineyard (screenshot) information or write a notes and mark either as a favorite or distasteful. On shown vineyard information there are description and location in a map where you can zoom in or zoom out the view.
And here is a video of Wine Cellar app in action, uploaded to Jolla Users YouTube channel (Yes, Do Please Subscribe!) Which shows how flawless the app works on the SDK emulator
Then after this amazing looking Wine Cellar application which made me thirsty for wine and I had to drink a couple of sips (Don’t worry I’m not drunk or anything 😀 ) It’s time for a game which is in development progress by the same developer.
It’s called “Yatzy” and here are the screen shots with the details, quoted by me from the developer:
- The game itself from the starting point. At first I only focus on one variation (Yahtzee) and if I have time I create other variations (Generala, Scandinavian yatzy, ..) later. There’s an online and offline highscore board, rules and instructions and game restart in the pulley menu.
Also some source codes for the enthusiasts:
-Seems like you have fantastic ideas and projects going on.
J.U: What made you choose Sailfish in the first place? Were you a MeeGo developer? Qt/QML Developer? Or you just happened to know Sailfish, got interested and now you’re developing apps for it?
- Mr. Dev: I like Sailfish the most compared to all other available and yet unreleased mobile operation systems. Also I like the UI of the device – and the device itself of course, the dream Jolla has visualized and the passionate they have for their work. It indeed is inspirational and I want them to work. That’s why I chose Sailfish and Jolla.
J.U: What Jolla can do to make it more appealing for developers to develop applications for Sailfish, in your opinion?
- Mr. Dev: They have done it in my opinion already (obviously, because I’m developing applications for Sailfish ..) but it’s not enough. They need to push it over the edge and keep saying why they are the best choice there are. They should keep saying that it’s not all about the hardware specifications.
Another thing is that they need to prove that Android applications work much better than it ‘did’ in BB10. But they should also remind people that Jolla is not designed to be used just with Android applications – you don’t get the same features (active covers, ambiance, overall look, ..).
J.U: What is your overall feedback on Sailfish SDK/Qt Creator’s ease of use and being power user friendly?
- Mr.Dev: In my opinion Sailfish SDK is very easy to use. Of course it has some little details I would personally change but you have to remember that it’s still not completely finished program yet.
And these fellows have a lot of other things to do as well so it’s not like you just change and update it.
But I can live with it and I do my best to help those who inspired me.
Thanks for you time, We will hopefully have more interviews and commentaries on the applications when the actual phone is released and we can test out the actual apps on our phones.
Thanks for reading, I hope it was useful.
Sepehr Noori (James)