Tony Cresswell

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From UK


A BlackBerry enthusiast, and general Jack-of-all-Trades. By day I work in IT, specifically with a background in databases and Unix systems. By night, well I don’t wear cape and save the world, but I do write a few apps.

I like BlackBerry phones mainly because of my opinion that hardware keyboard devices have advantages not seen in all touch devices. I like speed dials, and I like the ability to launch your apps quickly by typing the apps names rather than fiddling around with a touch screen. BlackBerry seem to have the perfect blend of touch screens and hardware devices. They are the only manufacturer of phones that realise this currently, which is why I stay with them as providers of my phone of choice.

I learned to program in C and Java a great many years ago, and since I came to BlackBerry, I started as just an everyday user like many of us. However, I was inspired by a man who had written an application for BlackBerry 10 phones. Initially I agreed to help him test the app as I had a few problems with it, but in time, he wrote an api for it which inspired me to try and write apps that could use it. There were things I wanted on my phone that nobody had written. So that is where I started – I realised I could teach myself C++ and Cascades skills relatively simply, and I would be able to do something about getting the apps I always wanted to have. Thats where I started, and that’s where I still carry on today – writing the applications BlackBerry 10 doesn’t have that interest me, and sharing them with others.

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I have written 9 apps currently, my favourite is currently mediaX – this is a plex client.

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