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Topic # 97106 10-Feb-2012 17:53 Send private message quote this post

So i wrote my first app, its free, and its now published.  Its called "Powershop Portable" and its for accessing your Powershop account to check balances, usage data, etc.  The next version will add ability to enter meter readings as i ran out of time to complete that in the first version.

If you use powershop and have a windows phone, please give it a whirl and send feedback my way :-)  (even if you dont use powershop, you can still install the app and look at the sample data if you like)


You can find it here: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-NZ/apps/398f7bd1-afa9-462c-a686-89fb5cd217ae

Criticism, both good and bad is welcome.  If you think its a pile of steaming xxx, then feel free to tell me - i wont be offended (but it would be helpful if perhaps you explain why you might think that) :-)




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  Reply # 579896 10-Feb-2012 18:11 Send private message quote this post

Installed, works fine - no need to enter readings for us, since we have a smart meter.

One thing I really dislike about OAUTH apps though: I was sent to a Powershop page asking for my email and password to authorise the app, but there's no way for me to verify that said page is actually on Powershop and not a phishing web page.

Not the app's fault obviously, but I just think it's such an easy way for people to part with their passwords... At least using the Geekzone API you have to do it from our domain first. The same with Google accounts when using two factor authentication: you have to create unique passwords from your Google Account page to use services that don't recognise the two factor authentication...







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  Reply # 579897 10-Feb-2012 18:13 Send private message quote this post

Did you enter the MSDN competition with this app?







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  Reply # 579924 10-Feb-2012 19:30 Send private message quote this post

freitasm: Did you enter the MSDN competition with this app?



that was the intention, but the finally app published about 10 hours after the publishing deadline :P




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  Reply # 579925 10-Feb-2012 19:32 Send private message quote this post

freitasm: Installed, works fine - no need to enter readings for us, since we have a smart meter.

One thing I really dislike about OAUTH apps though: I was sent to a Powershop page asking for my email and password to authorise the app, but there's no way for me to verify that said page is actually on Powershop and not a phishing web page. 


i wonder if i can show an address bar to prove where the page is located... 

i've also asked the powershop guys to update their mobile detection as the oauth page looks terrible on wp7 and iphone 4s 

thanks for checking it out :)  




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  Reply # 582951 17-Feb-2012 19:27 Send private message quote this post

Just installed (Omnia). Easy to navigate. No smart meter for me, so looking forward to next release

Edit - thought about making the icon default to pink, rather than the theme colour? Pink is very much part of the Powershop identity, and would make it a lot easier to find on the app list.



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  Reply # 582963 17-Feb-2012 20:21 Send private message quote this post

GregV: Just installed (Omnia). Easy to navigate. No smart meter for me, so looking forward to next release

Edit - thought about making the icon default to pink, rather than the theme colour? Pink is very much part of the Powershop identity, and would make it a lot easier to find on the app list.



I did think about that - then i wondered what the pink would look like against the various theme colours and thought it would look a but yuk...  i also typically find i prefer to have my tiles use the theme colour but thats just a personal preference really.  Perhaps i can make it user choice whether to use the theme tile, or a colourized tile by adding a toggle to settings... i'll see what i can do :)




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  Reply # 600215 26-Mar-2012 13:12 Send private message quote this post

Hi Regs

Just happened across what may be a bug - if the site is in "transfer mode" then the app is just blank with no user feedback. Refreshing has no indicator to show there is nothing to refresh.

During a house move this may be expected, but my Powershop has just gone back in to move mode (unsure why) and I assumed the app was broken, which you may not want a non-Geekzone reader thinking!



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  Reply # 600410 26-Mar-2012 18:02 Send private message quote this post

fillup: Hi Regs

Just happened across what may be a bug - if the site is in "transfer mode" then the app is just blank with no user feedback. Refreshing has no indicator to show there is nothing to refresh.

During a house move this may be expected, but my Powershop has just gone back in to move mode (unsure why) and I assumed the app was broken, which you may not want a non-Geekzone reader thinking!


Thanks, i'll take a look at that as soon as I have a chance. 




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  Reply # 650202 3-Jul-2012 19:14 Send private message quote this post

This is a nice app, any word on when the next iteration might be available? It is the only thing holding me back from a perfectly working WP experience :p

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  Reply # 650206 3-Jul-2012 19:33 Send private message quote this post

+1. Would love to be able to enter a meter reading from within the app.



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  Reply # 695893 3-Oct-2012 23:44 Send private message quote this post

hi guys, sorry for the delay. was having a couple of problems with the meter readings:

1) no time to investigate :P
2) the oAuth library i was using failed miserably when it came to the submit meter read part

the good news is that i finally had a chance to play, swapped out hammock for RestSharp, and was then able to submit a meter reading ok.

with luck i'll be able to tidy it up and post an update within the next few weeks




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  Reply # 695912 4-Oct-2012 07:44 Send private message quote this post

excellent news Regs! This new feature will secure you a place on my home screen :)



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  Reply # 700364 12-Oct-2012 18:48 Send private message quote this post

were there any other 'features' that were wanted for this app? not promising anything... but ask away :P




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  Reply # 700365 12-Oct-2012 18:53 Send private message quote this post

Option to choose between pink and theme colour? ASB app stands out in my list, due to the yellow. Otherwise it's looking good



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  Reply # 1219895 22-Jan-2015 11:15 One person supports this post Send private message quote this post

Finally got around to making an update to the app, as the API broke and I had to rewire some stuff.

Its only uploaded as a Windows 8/8.1 app - is anyone still using it on WP 7/7.5?

The enter readings function is enabled in this one, but it doesn't auto refresh the screen after entering one.  Return to top screen, hit refresh button, drill back into property and you will see reading again. Will look at fixing that later, and hopefully adding the purchase api too some time..




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