Posts Tagged ‘Android’

Jury Duty Political Poll Results

Friday, July 26th, 2013


After two years in both the iOS and Android app stores, the Jury Duty app has garnered nearly 7000 votes on various political issues. I've decided to pull the app at this point, but wanted to share some of the more interesting results. Let's take a look! (more…)

Get Android Studio Up and Running

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Earlier this week, Google announced a new IDE for Android development: Android Studio. They released an early build that developers can download and start using today. Based on IntelliJ, Android Studio aims to simplify the standard development process for Android which currently is rather convoluted and utilizes Eclipse. I've never been particularly fond of the Eclipse IDE, so this was definitely good news for me. I was excited to try out Android Studio, but found it was a bit frustrating to get up and running. I decided to collect all the issues I faced and the solutions and post them here in a mini-guide in hopes that it may save others a few headaches. (more…)

NFCTools: A Java-based NFC development library

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

For the last few months I've been experimenting with NFC at work and also at home. Everything was pretty simple in the beginning; I was able to write tags from my Android phone and then read them immediately. Things got a bit more difficult at work when we wanted to do more than just read simple tags. We wanted a reader/writer device connected to a PC to communicate with the phones and this turned out to be much harder than I had anticipated!

NFC Logo

The hardware we're using is the SCL3711, which is a fairly popular choice in the NFC development community. After months of struggling with another SDK, a Google search brought me to NFCTools from Adrian Stabiszewski. NFCTools is a Java-based library for NFC development and I highly recommend it to anyone looking into NFC. I know almost nothing about Java, but I was able to get a working application built in just a few hours that could successfully send urls via NFC to both of the Android phones we were using for testing; a Nexus S and a Galaxy Nexus.

I really can't say enough good things about this library; you can check out the demo here and then head to github to grab the files for yourself!

Jury Duty now available on the Android Marketplace

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

I've been busy the past couple months working on a new mobile app and it is now freely available on the Android Marketplace! The application, called Jury Duty, allows you to cast your vote on major US court cases and popular political issues. It features facebook integration so that you can share your votes with your peers and also allows users to submit their own questions for the community to answer. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Jury Duty

An ios version is on the way as well; I just need to get the binary file uploaded and see if it gets approved.

Android Impressions

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

I’ve been wanting to dive into Android development for some time now, and last week, I finally decided to pick an Android phone to play around with. I decided to go with the Nexus S 4G which runs on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. I bought this phone solely for development purposes; my "normal" phone is an iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.3.5, but I was definitely looking forward to checking out what Google’s Android OS could do. I’ve had the phone for a week now and figured I’d share my thoughts on it and how it compares to iOS. (more…)

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