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Mobile development with a focus on Android

Last Build Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:34:17 +0000


App Shortcuts API for Android

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 20:28:36 +0000

Provide quick access to the most used features of your app using the new App Shortcuts API for Android. Unlike many features found in the support library, this API is only available for devices running Android 7.1+ and will not appear on older devices. The good news is that shortcuts are quick to implement and […]

Building a Custom Android Keyboard

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:12:30 +0000

Problem Google’s sample keyboard project is a little out of date. It’s a very helpful starting point but requires some minor changes to get it working as expected. On top of that, many of the common customizations are spread out across a wide array of stack overflow posts. Solution I’ve made some minor updates to […]

Getting Started with

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 04:27:21 +0000

Problem: Most automated build servers don’t play well with mobile apps. Even after considerable configuration they still require a lot of up work for each new app. Solution: A friend of mine recently introduced me to, an automated build server specifically built for mobile (Android, iOS & Xamarin). I’m happy to say that I […]

Android News for June 2015

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:44:33 +0000

Android Design Support Library The design support library makes it easy to use material design when building Android apps. The best part, it’s compatible all the way back to Android 2.1. This support library includes a better navigation drawer, collapsing navigation bars, snack bars and a number of other key components of material design. Combine […]

Cell Number Formatting with Google Apps Script

Tue, 19 May 2015 02:57:48 +0000

Problem: The setNumberFormat function within Google Apps Script is not well documented in the API reference documentation. This function accepts a wide range of parameters in a single string that can be used to specify the format for a range of cells. Knowing the accepted formats will give you control over the data in your […]

Product Review: Moshi ClearGuard for the MacBook Pro

Sun, 10 May 2015 22:46:56 +0000

I use protective covers on all of my electronics. I recently purchased the Moshi ClearGuard keyboard cover for my MacBook Pro. In addition to protecting against spills, it also helps keep the keys free of grease. I have oily fingers which translates to shiny keys within months without a cover. This was a must have […]

Use Forever to Log Data from Your Spark Core

Sun, 10 May 2015 15:06:24 +0000

As an alternative to using PHP & MySQL, you can use Node with Deployd and MongoDB to store data retrieved from a connected home device. JavaScript normally runs on the client machine. With Node, you to run JavaScript code directly on your server allowing you to write directly to the database (DB) without PHP.

Android Lollipop: -505 Error for AIR Apps

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:15:22 +0000

Problem: After upgrading to Android 5.0 (Lollipop), a number of my apps disappeared. Trying to re-install them from the market resulted in a -505 error. This problem is most common with cross-platform Adobe AIR apps, more specifically, apps signed with an SHA1 generation with some certificates. The upgrade to Lollipop doesn’t correctly translate these specific […]

Animation with an Android ScrollView

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 01:42:42 +0000

Extend the Android ScrollView class and override the onScrollChanged method to animate your content based on the users current scroll position. In this example I’m making changes directly to the margin of all RelativeLayouts to prevent the views from going off screen when the user scrolls. This code could easily be made generic and applied […]

Control an IR Device with a Spark Core

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 01:09:48 +0000

Reading from sensors is great but there are times when you need to interact with surrounding hardware. Window air conditioners, televisions, stereos and many other household electronics communicate with infra-red (IR). Adding an IR LED to your spark core will allow you to control these electronics remotely. For example, I’m currently using a temperature sensor […]