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.


Hello World, Again.

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Hello everyone, as seen from the lack of activity on this blog and my projects on the market. I took a bit of a break from coding. But for the last week I dove right back in and a High-Low-Red-Black update is coming within the next few days, changes listed below. I also have a new idea for another project, that won't be a game but it will be based on playing cards. I need to think of some other ideas before I become a type-casted developer.

I actually did have a few random ideas, but as I thought of them and thought to myself "wow this is awesome"...they've already been done. I'll share a few below:

-Starcraft 2 build order bot, would be able to load up build orders and then go down a timer and tell you exactly what to build and do. Found 2 Android projects of the same thing, one actually fairly new when I thought of it and both are not fully polished, so I may go back to this.

-Baseball/softball scoring app - the most tedious thing to do for anyone who scores their baseball or softball team is transferring the stats to the computer so everyone can see their stats like average and RBI totals. Figured why not make it digital that can calculate everything real-time. Found 2 other apps that do exactly thing...one backed by ESPN. I will not be going back to this idea.

-Couch to 5K training helper. couch to 5k is a 9 week program for beginner runners. Example of what the mobile app would do, the first session is a 5 minute walk then run for 60 seconds, walk to 90 seconds, run 60 , walk 90, etc until you do 8 runs. I figured a beep system or a playlist that changes tracks when you should change...but theres TONs of apps for this and I even use one of the paid ones and it's great.

-Car Dock app. None of the available car dock home screens meet my exact wishes for layout or functionality. I may make my own for personal use or maybe to distribute as well.

But anyways back to what I've actually done, High Low Red Black updates include:
-SDK update, including Android and Scoreloop
-Scoreloop update brings a more streamlined system for submitting offline scores, including an offline leaderboard
-also added "Awards" (think Xbox Achievements or Playstation Trophies), 10 certain conditions that need to be met to get them added to your Scoreloop profile.
-And the part you don't care about, Admob update to include Google Adsense ads as well.

So ETA on the update is Thursday. In other news I am no longer using my HTC Hero, it actually was stolen in January. So after a few weeks of using a blackberry, dumb phones and even days without a phone hooked up to my number. I am now on a HTC Thunderbolt. Loving it.