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Old 20-07-2009, 10:50 PM
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I made a calendar homescreen widget

It's called "Whats Next".

It shows the next two calendar items if you add it to the homescreen - and the next 15 if you open it up.

It's very beta (i.e. name doesn't work properly and I want to open the calendar from it).

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www.davecozens.com/n97/whatsnext.wgz

Things I'm going to add: -
- Opening the calendar
- More homescreen options and layout tweaking
- Making it pretty
- You tell me...
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Old 20-07-2009, 11:06 PM
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Great idea! Being able to see the names of the next 2 events would be awesome. I'd finally stop forgetting stuff!

Maybe instead of opening to the next 15, it could scroll through some, like the facebook widget scrolls through statuses then sits on the main screen. Then it could open to the calendar?

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Screenshots please mate
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Old 21-07-2009, 08:24 AM
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Screenshots to follow. Just updating to fix a bug I've noticed with dates...
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Old 21-07-2009, 09:38 AM
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Yeah its showing dates from 2006 on mine
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Old 21-07-2009, 11:18 AM
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Right. Updated so it only shows future events. Netx on my list, opening the calendar...

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Old 21-07-2009, 03:38 PM
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Now updated so that the homescreen widget cycles through the first 5 calendar items (and numbers them 1 - 5).

If an item is for toay, it says "Today".

Clicking on the main app links opens the calendar - but not for the right day yet...

Still at http://www.davecozens.com/n97/whatsnext.wgz

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Old 21-07-2009, 04:57 PM
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Errr... why exactly does this widget want to use my network connection?
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Old 21-07-2009, 05:08 PM
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It doesn't. It wants to access your phones data - i.e. calendar.

As far as I'm aware it doesn't go online at all. If it does it's for system level stuff like html namespaces and the like.
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Old 21-07-2009, 05:12 PM
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When I add the widget to my homescreen, two requests pop up. The first one asks to allow it to use my network connection, and the second asks to access my user data. The latter I can understand because it'll need to access my calendar information, but it shouldn't need to access the internet.

[EDIT] I've just checked your Info.plist file, and you've left the AllowNetworkAccess key set as "true". Might this be why it's asking for a network connection even though it doesn't need it?
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Probably.

Updated version available on the same url as before: -

http://www.davecozens.com/n97/whatsnext.wgz

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Mine now shows a white box with nothing in it.

Clicking on it shows "Upcoming Calender Entries for < Todays Date>

And a white screen.

The Widget Icons support PNG ( as far as i know ) ( a very picky point but being a graphic designer it instantly stands out to someone like me )

The widget could possibly be a bit more graphic friendly its a great start but looks very basic at the moment and doesn't fit in with the rest of the UI.

I haven't looked properly into Widget Design yet but will take a looksies later.

edit

Changed the Icon ( not much better I know )



Ill have a proper look later on if you like.
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It's a beta, currently I'm dealing with the API. I'll worry about shiny things later (function then form!)... PNG is a result and no mistake...

Do you have any future events in your calendar? Works ok on mine... and in the aptana sdk.

Anybody else have it showing events in homescreen and main view?

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Mine just shows a white box with "loading content".

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Old 22-07-2009, 11:27 AM
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That's a bit odd! Did you grant it access to phone data?

Also, there's a new version with shiner buttons and the like...

Same url as before...

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