Archive for January, 2011

Contacts Cleaner News Roundup

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Our BlackBerry app for removing duplicate contacts, Contacts Cleaner, had a couple of notable mentions this week.  We had a mention on the dummies website!  That is dummies as in Brilliant BlackBerry Apps For Dummies, which is part of the dummies book series.  Here is the link to the dummies review of Contacts Cleaner:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/blackberry-apps-for-maintenance-tasks.html

Contacts Cleaner was also mentioned in a forum post on how to remove duplicates from your address book:

http://www.blackberryforums.com/general-9700-series-discussion-bold-2/244173-my-contacts-appears-3-times-each-how-can-i-fix-problem.html

The final piece of news is that we have a new and improved online help and support center for Contacts Cleaner:

http://beavercreekconsulting.com/contacts-cleaner/help-and-support.html

Amazon Integration Services – The Technology Stack

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

I just finished up an Amazon integration project for FBADirect.com.  The client does a large volume of business on Amazon and also uses Amazon FBA for fulfillment.  We created a web based application where our client could create Amazon listing.  The application creates bulk listings and also schedules shipments into FBA.  We provided the entire solution from requirements and analysis to deployment on Amazon’s EC2 cloud.

I wanted to talk a little bit about the technology I used.  I picked grails since time is money, I’m a JEE developer and I like Perl.  Okay, so I use groovy now instead of Perl so grails seemed like a nice choice.

Grails rocks.  I built a mid-sized domain model with about 20 tables (Items, Skus, Orders, Inventory, Customers, etc) and let grails generate the rest of the application. The default CRUD web application solved 90% of the customer’s needs.

The biggest challenge was integrating with Amazon’s  Market Place Web Service and FBA Web Service interfaces.  I used the Amazon Java client which seemed to be a straight forward web service binding.

Other parts of the tools set  included the SpringSource Tool Suite and a several grails plugins such as quartz for batch job scheduling  and for the spring security core for user management.

The one bump in the tool chain was a database version tracking.  Next time I’ll use the grails liquibase plugin.

App Gets a Section on New Book – Now Sold on Amazon

Monday, January 10th, 2011

We just received three copies of a book that highlights the Contacts Cleaner App. We received a whole section in a newly released book called Brilliant Blackberry Apps by Corey Sandler. It is part of the Dummies series which has been a huge hit since 1991 and has over 200 million books in print.

Contacts Cleaner in Brilliant Blackberry Apps Book

Brilliant Blackberry Apps - Contacts Cleaner

Contacts Cleaner received a section and sits along-side of prestigious apps such as LinkedIn, Weatherbug, Skymall, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, CNN Money, Bank of America Mobile,Google Maps and Paypal.

This book is on sale at Amazon or on the Wiley site for $18.99.  You can, also, download this onto your Kindle.  Overall, this book is great resource that lists the all of the best apps for a BlackBerry user to try out and make the most of his/her SmartPhone and we’re excited to have a section that outlines our Contacts Cleaner App!