My name is Stephen and currently an IT Professional doing administration and support, however I've always had a deep passion for software development. I've started mobile application development when I got my first Android phone in October 09. This blog catalogues all my progress with creating mobile apps for not only Android, but eventually iPhone, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. Hope you enjoy.


Coding Machine Purchased and Setup

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Purchased my OS X compatible netbook last week. Went with the MSI Wind U123, it was really a battle between the Lenovo S10-2 and the Wind U123 after during all my research, it just came down to the better deal.

I was scoping (and placing bids) and a few computers since my last post on eBay. I lost getting a S10-2 by less then $5 twice. The max I wanted to spend was around $220 if the computer was refurbished, $250 if it was new. Then I came across this deal one morning from CompUSA [yeah remember them?, they still have an online store] it was $300 with a $35 cashback [think like mail in rebate, but via email] and free shipping for a brand new MSI Wind U123, it included a 9-cell battery which sealed the deal for me.

So for the 5 or 6 days I was waiting for it to ship I prowled the forums/wiki over at InsanelyWind and came across this article: http://insanelywind.com/wiki/index.php/Windows_XP,_SnowyWindOSX-_Dual_Boot

SnowyWindOSX is a prepared version of OSX designed just for the MSI Wind, no need to fiddle around and changing stuff from the retail version to make it work, so I figured this was the best bet, also used Windows 7 instead of XP, worked out just fine, very very easy.

Progress so far since setting up the OSes

Android : SDK installed, Hello World coded and working
Blackberry : SDK installed, no coding yet*
iPhone : SDK installed, Hello World coded and working
Windows Phone 7 : SDK installed, no coding yet

*Blackberry and Android can both be coded for within the same software, Eclipse, then after it's setup when you go to new project you can select Android or Blackberry or any other Java SDK you have installed and make a project for that platform.