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Mobile App Development – Snake Guide for South Africa


I took my first foray into mobile app development recently. Using Origo IDE I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this particular framework makes development for the Symbian (Nokia) environment.

Mobi Snake Guide for South Africa Including the initial learning curve, it took me all of 5 days to complete the app in question, and I’m quite pleased with the result, even if it is still a bit rough around the edges. Unfortunately, since Origo IDE is still a work in progress, some functionality is simply not available yet (such as calling the phone’s dialler, sending sms’s, use of the camera – though these API’s are apparently being added as we speak). So I’ll be adding to the app as and when the framework gets updated.

The app itself is a guide / e-book on snakes most commonly found throughout South Africa. It’s available as a free download, so please feel free to play around with it and give me some feedback – good or bad, it’s all a learning experience.

The app has been tested and works on all Nokia Symbian S60 5th edition handsets . (Including Nokia N97, N97 mini, 5800, 5530 and X6 handsets.)

The information, images and idea for the app were all sourced and supplied by Simon Botes.

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  1. November 17, 2009 at 10:41 am | #1

    nice db to have available on a phone, i’m sure it could even save a life or two.

    • November 17, 2009 at 11:14 am | #2

      I too thought it was a good idea… hopefully that’ll be the case :) thanks for the comment.

  2. November 17, 2009 at 11:22 am | #3

    Hey Barry,

    Thanx for the blog and the great work on developing this project with me.

    I am sure this free educational application will go along way in helping save the lives of not only humans but snakes who often get killed because people simply do not have the knowledge.

    Here’s to free knowledge for everyone.

    SimonB

  3. March 31, 2010 at 6:00 pm | #4

    Posted it to friends on reptile forum, great idea.

    Hope to read other regions soon.

    • April 1, 2010 at 4:20 pm | #5

      Thanks Paul, much appreciated.
      We should be releasing updates for other regions soon. The current app is more of a “proof of concept”, so definitely more to come.

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