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Sailfish Devember?

asked 2018-12-04 21:35:28 +0200

attah gravatar image

updated 2018-12-09 19:27:57 +0200

I'm late... I know.

What is Devember?

Devember is a challenge you take up. It is an excuse for programming, for learning to code and for sharing it.


Am I doing a "soft" Devember?

Yes. I will put in the time (and then some), i will dev most days of the week, but i will not do it daily logs will be posted when i have something to share. Feel free to ask me how it's going on #sailfishos at freenode.


Since this Sunday, I'm on a semi-involuntary Android detox, meaning I switched to the XA2 I had previously bought and flashed Sailfish on it. Realising I only use a handful of Android apps, most of them very simple... it struck me that I could probably re-make most of them myself, with open APIs even. I'm a reasonably capable developer, but with limited app experience. I'm figuring it out, and have dabbled in sfos apps before, just haven't really taken it to deployment, or felt the urge/need. This time is different.

All I really can't quite replace is e-ID and mobile payments, but they had already completely dropped support for Android 4.4, so no real difference at this time. Let's hope for open standards in the future.

What will I be making?

  • App for SR Sveriges Radio (Swedish public service broadcasting)
  • Philips Hue?
  • Östgötatrafiken bus travel planning -> Nope, just use Farhrplan in mode

Where to next? - perhaps? - Spotify, if that's even doable nowadays... anyone doing this? Apparently yes! - Resurrecting an old app I made that fetched album/cover art from Musicbrainz?

I'm not asking for any donations. I'm asking for engagement.

What will you make?

See you in #sailfishos at freenode


2018-12-08: SR Play app has reached a usable state and looks pretty nice. Left to do is Favouritng things, remembering play progress, general clean-up and code de-duplication, harbourification, and maybe triggering external podcast downloads. Lock Screen controls and handsfree/BT controls integration would be nice too. 2018-12-09: First revision published Favouriting works. I'd like to de-duplicate most of the list model boiler plate...

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What we really need, imho, is a good webapp template, complete with notifications. Which I suppose must wait until a new webkit drops, presuming that that will oneday happen.

depscribe ( 2018-12-04 21:40:04 +0200 )edit

Spotify has a lot of info for you Developers out there. Guess it's possible :)

Link to Spotify developers page

JSE ( 2018-12-04 22:24:14 +0200 )edit

Spotify can be used with native app, see this question for more info

rgrnetalk ( 2018-12-04 22:25:47 +0200 )edit

Well, I've adopted two abandoned projects, CountMe and Picross, and given them a new loving home :)

I most certainly can have a look at an application that no longer works and see if I can fix and re-publish it. Anyone?

Direc ( 2018-12-04 22:35:26 +0200 )edit

Great to see more guys in sailfish community!

Btw I have been downloaded both of your applications, @Direc

Especially I like Picross 2 really much ;)

Jk ( 2018-12-04 22:46:26 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-12-09 15:13:16 +0200

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updated 2018-12-09 15:14:24 +0200

Native Postnord app would be nice but it is possible to run postnord app version 4.4.3 on sailfish OS. An resrobot app should include most commute i Sweden. About e-ID or BankID it's the one thing you can't run on sailfishOS, the official Finansiell ID-Teknik BID AB BankID app also needs google-services. The app i miss most is BankID but making an Sailfish BankID app would be real hard since Finansiell ID-Teknik BID AB has always done everything they can so there won't be any alternatives and we can't expect any open standards from Finansiell ID-Teknik BID AB the app doesn't even work on AOSP. There has been a few spotify apps on sailfishOS before but personally i couldn't care less about an spotify app.

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The resrobot API is implemented in Fahrplan, by the way.

bob-182 ( 2018-12-09 15:40:07 +0200 )edit

Well, as i said i went completely off Android support, by virtue of going to XA2. That old version still works, although it has been removed from Play Store, and it kept hanging the refresh procedure for me... If that is the case that BankID doesn't support AOSP, someone should report them for engaging in anti-competitive practices and abusing their dominant market position.

attah ( 2018-12-09 16:32:18 +0200 )edit

Wow, Fahrplan does just what i need!

attah ( 2018-12-09 16:32:51 +0200 )edit

They were reported back in 2014 when they dropped the Linux support. They don't care about following the guidelines that was laid out for BankID. In SOU 2010:104 appendix 17 chapter 5 (page 300-301) you can read i swedish. "Users should be able to sign documents using an standard computer with a standard web browser running in one of the common operating systems (Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, Symbian, Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and so on.)" They never cared about it and never will unless it's regulated by law. When there was a free alternative FriBID they changed things so it got unusable.

abc123 ( 2018-12-09 21:33:18 +0200 )edit
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