Wednesday, April 29, 2009

iViaCrucis - now for iPhone!

My little pet project, the Way of the Cross (and Mobile Catholic Prayerbook), has been ported for the iPhone platform.

It is now available for FREE download here. (Only available in English)

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I know Lent is over, but you can always pray the Way of the Cross any Friday, or any day if you want. I know many saints who have grown closer to God by meditating upon Jesus Crucified.

I hope you will find this useful!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A little adventure: porting from J2ME to iPhone

Three weeks ago, I began porting two of my J2ME applications, the Catholic Mobile Prayerbook and the Way of the Cross, into iPhone applications.

Week 1: Port to Objective C (and HTML!) - easy & fast
Week 2: Test on simulators and friends' iPhones - oh no, why won't it run? And there are NO error messages?
Week 3: Got my hands on an iPhone - took a day or two to get it to run a Release version

Status Now
: Uploading to iTunes' App Store ... waiting for review

Some useful links when you are on the last stage, about to submit your application to the iTunes' App Store:

1. "The binary you uploaded was invalid. The signature was invalid, or it was not signed with an Apple submission certificate."

2. Two different days, project unchanged, different errors?

3. OK... all done? Now for the money, wait a minute.. I'm not an American taxpayer; what are all these tax numbers for??!!

Hope it helps someone out there ;)

Easter people, Easter mission!

Happy Easter to everyone! May the resurrection of the Lord make us a renewed Easter people with a rejuvenated Easter mission to bring mankind to salvation!

Friday, April 03, 2009

Through the looking glass, darkly

Tonight I had the chance to stay up a little later and pray the Way of the Cross, although from outside the chapel. It was an interesting experience as the chapel was closed and pitch dark, except for a tiny light shining from the vigil lamp.

As I prayed the Stations, alternating between genuflecting, standing up and kneeling down, before a tabernacle I could not see, something interesting occurred to me. Looking at the dark chapel illuminated only by the vigil lamp reminds me somewhat of my faith. Often, at times like now, the only thing that indicates that there is a tabernacle there, and that Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament inside, is that vigil lamp burning throughout the night. Sometimes, the only indicator I had, that God is here despite, and in the thick of, all the human sufferings, are the faithful who gave witness to the goodness of God by their selfless service, burning through the darkness for the Lord whom they serve.

Secondly, the only time I could see (barely) the outline of the Crucifix and the Tabernacle, is when the lights outside the chapel are turned off. When we are preoccupied with our own 'stuffs', filled with the self-importance of our own ambition, we cannot see the presence of God who awaits us in stillness.

Well. It's past my bedtime and I'm still out. Enough rambling tonight. Here's wishing everyone a blessed Holy Week ahead! Antonia checking out for the night ;)