Hangout Highlights: Writing A Custom Keyboard for Spelling Test

Hangout Highlights: Writing A Custom Keyboard for Spelling Test

Corona Geek In this hangout snippet from Monday’s Corona Geek Hangout, Brian Park shares why he wrote a custom keyboard for his Spelling Test app. He also talks about his adventures in supporting Hebrew as well as multibyte characters. Watch the full hangout to catch other interesting app development tips.


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  • Owen
    Posted at 11:49h, 18 April

    Sounds arduous and according to the iTunes reviews the current result is not welcomed. The video highlights the developers ingenuity in trying to solve a limitation but it’s terrible advert for Corona – ‘here’s how I wasted lots of time and produced something that my previous happy users are now giving me 1 star reviews’.

    Funnily enough this task is trivial in html:

    Job done. I’d investigate using the web view in Corona to allow you to use this. And I would certainly do a language detection and serve up your custom keyboard only to english users in the interim of sorting out a proper solution.

    • Charles McKeever
      Posted at 12:04h, 18 April

      Thanks for the comment Owen. What I heard was that Brian was able to come up with an initial solution that met his apps requirements and since then he has been able to respond to the diverse feedback from his users. He did mention during the hangout that he was getting ready to release a new update that would address the specific feedback that he was getting. If you get a chance, download his app, it’s a very well thought out app. I’m looking forward to hearing how his back end service does for him.

    • James
      Posted at 18:51h, 22 April

      Yeah, I thought it was interesting that on his app’s description, he says:

      Please note: If you have not upgraded yet, I recommend you don’t upgrade until the next version. I have many bug fixes coming soon.

      That’s the first time I’ve ever seen a developer tell their users NOT to download their own app! I listened to the podcast, and if anything, the value taken away from this is to see where he made his mistakes and learn from it. Seems when customers get used to something (like the Apple keyboard), it’s best not to try and change things without first extensively testing it out on your target audience.

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