Let’s Learn how to design android apps in this post. Before we go any farther, I would like to warn you that I am not a designer by trade but I am learning these skills each day. In fact, I will admit that am terrible with colors (don’t expect over the top results from me as far as colors are concerned). Anyway, I like showing people what the final product looks like before I explain how to create it – this is because it helps those learning to have the picture in their memory and of course it is exciting that way. Let us get to it.
“Your System running in low graphics mode.” Yeah, you have been served son! Today was one of those dark days for me. I was feeling tired after a few hours on the computer configuring some stuff – particularly LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl) tools. I did this because I am planning to create some APIs for a project! So, I just let my laptop go to sleep and when I came back it was OFF. What the heck? I asked myself and tried turning it ON to the shock of my eyes. This is what surprised me;
Win a FREE android 7 inch tablet and use it to test your android applications before publishing them! Yeah, I am not kidding here pal, you could be a winner of a new android tablet. Everything is on me. It comes with a charger and a USB cord for debugging your badass applications. Here is the tablet am talking about!
How To Win a Free Android Tablet
You are probably asking; what are the rules here mr grasshopper? Nothing much really. Just to keep this fair and civil, here are the contest rules:
You wanna build an android app using Android Google Maps API? If you answered yes, stick around. I have something good for you. At the end of this post, you can checkout my repository for the source code for this simple android app unnecessarily named “KENYAPP”. Well, it is an app about Kenya. You can change the name to what you want. Also change the coordinates to your own country.
Android Google Maps API Demo App End Product
As you can see, on the left of the top part is a list of Provinces and on the right hand side is a map with a marker on it. Below the map are several things;
A Windows – Linux switch can be both exciting and scary to say the least. At my new (awesome) job, everybody uses Linux (Ubuntu) and I arrived there as a Windows guy only to learn that I was the only black sheep in the family. So, instead of being lethargic, I called on the gods of the universe to help me make the once-seemingly-inevitable transition. Today, am happy to announce that I have officially made a Windows to Linux change. The rest of this post will detail the process! Enjoy it!
“Hard work pays off” is just one of the many overrated statements out there. I have come to discover that it is not true for all people. You can prove me wrong but read on. The idea that anybody can work hard and finally succeed is only useful for encouragement purposes. Again, before I get into some people’s nerves, let me put it this way: many people are working so hard, really hard, but still remain poor or unsuccessful in life and then you start to wonder what the whole point is.
The US government shut down recently for two weeks and it is reported that the economy lost $24 billion dollars as a result of the bickering in Washington DC. If you know your stuff well, you will remember that this is not the first time this has happened. What is the point of all these? Are you FED up with this? I know many people are, and as sure as heck, I am too!! This is my weekend recap post and I would urge you to keep reading my rants if politics interest you.
A twitter client does what the Twitter site does as well as the Twitter App. The main difference is this: you don’t have to use either of those two to post your random thoughts online and even photos of your drunk friends who will be fired sooner or later. Anyway, so you feel like you have had enough of this conformity stuff and you want to do things your own way – even the forces agree with you, you feel. I will show you how to achieve that! We will use Java programming language to create a simple twitter client that will post our tweets for us. Are you ready?
Ten Commandments? The most likely thing that comes to your mind whenever you read, see or hear the Ten Commandments is Moses, mount Sinai among other things and yet this post has nothing to do with that guy. You see, there are many other commandments out there and today, I am going to share my own even though am nothing like Moses! WARNING: These are my own opinions and have not been approved by any useless committee or personality who claims to be a member of any such party. Reading this implies that you agree to the non-existent terms and are therefore doing it at your own risk.
The Android Architecture encourages the concept of component reuse, allowing you to publish and share activities, services, and data with other applications with access managed by the security restrictions you put in place. That being said, today I would like to share information about the android architecture and then some libraries that are provided to you for use while building your next killer app. So are you ready for this? If you said yes, then read on!
Don’t be intimidated by the above image – you will not have to understand all that stuff today or even tomorrow.