Awesome Apps for Animals

Awesome Apps for Animals

It’s time to give back. The animal kingdom is a huge untapped market that has been largely overlooked. It’s our job as app developers to look for areas where an app can improve a life and then set about improving it. Below are some ideas for mobile applications that can be used BY animals to increase THEIR productivity and lifestyle. Octopuses Octopuses have many mutual interests but I think it’s universally accepted that they all enjoy three similar activities: Squeezing into…

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4 of my favourite Google Apps

4 of my favourite Google Apps

I started this blog post intending to list the apps that I use everyday to make my life easier. When I realised that the first three I thought of were all Google apps I figured I should change the theme of the blog post. I think a lot of us now use our phone more and more to make little tasks a lot more efficient. With only a gmail account you instantly have access to a number of services that…

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Dealing with distractions

Dealing with distractions

If I had to come up with the biggest issue I have with completing work in my personal time it would be the continuous effort to deal with distractions. I’m a pretty distractable person. If you could have seen the length of time I took between typing the previous sentence and this one then you would understand my issue. The problem is that I want to be productive and I feel bad if I haven’t been productive, so when I…

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Learning about Material Design

Learning about Material Design

I briefly talked about the module in my Nanodegree centred around Material Design in one of my previous blog posts. The module was called “Make Your App Material” and the main goal was to take an app which already contained much of its functionality and change the visuals to follow the material design guidelines. Here is a link to my Github page for this project. Here is Google’s promotional video to give you an idea of what Material Design looks like: It’s all about bold…

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That Shared Element Transition…

That Shared Element Transition…

In this blog post I talked about an issue that I was having regarding the shared element transition for a project I was completing as part of my Android Developer Nanodegree. Around the time I was having this issue I wrote a short post for some close friends explaining my woes so I thought I would retell some of the story here. So the app I was making used a thing called a recycler view. This lets you have a potentially…

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My Time at Udacity – Part 2 of 2

My Time at Udacity – Part 2 of 2

In my last post I talked broadly about the experience I had completing my Android Developer Nanodregree at Udacity. In this post I’d like to go into more detail about the work that I did during the course and what I found particularly interesting or challenging. Project 0: My App Portfolio – Github The first project to start us off was to make a very simple app which would have a button for each app we’d be making throughout the Nanodegree. Clicking on the button…

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My Time at Udacity – Part 1 of 2

My Time at Udacity – Part 1 of 2

In the build up to starting my Android Developer Nanodegree at Udacity I was fairly unsure where I wanted to take my development career.  It was whilst watching the 2015 Google I/O conference that made me think that building Apps could be a really interesting direction to head in. I decided to view the prerequisites for the Nanodegree on Udacity’s website and found a few red flags for why maybe I shouldn’t jump straight in. Here are a couple quotes: “This is…

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