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.


Progress Report

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Hi everyone, it's been a while but I promise you that'll be the last time. Because I have great news to report. I'm nearly weeks away from releasing my first application into the Android Market!

It is a simple card game called Acey Deucey. Any fans? If you are a fan then you know it's actually a multi-player game, well I found rules to a casino variant of the game that pays in odds and it transferred very well to a quick phone game.

Let me tell you the hardest thing to figure out in Android is the XML layouts. Coming from someone who has never dealt with the kind it was a big road block, but I got the basics down and my application will include 4 XML layouts w/ Buttons, ListViews and ImageViews all utilized.

Screen shots will be following in my post next week. I've set myself up a calendar alert to remind me to post on this, and now that my domain transfer is complete and I'm finally comfortable to write code that wasn't an alteration to example code in a book/site. I shouldn't have any issues keeping up!

Also I'm eager for beta testers on different devices to help test before it goes on the market. Amongst myself, friends and coworkers I have a HTC Hero, Motorola Droid, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, HTC Incredible and a HTC Evo. [I just realized those are all CDMA phones haha] So if you have another device and willing to help, let me know.

PS Any suggestions for other card games? I'm sorta planning on a checkers (w/ AI) game to be my next challenge.