Archive for October, 2011

I might not know much about what I like – but I know art

Went to a fantastic art exhibition at the Old Vic Tunnels last night called The Minotaur. It was put on by the Lazarides Gallery Group and Kofler & Kompanie’s Pret A Diner. by far the best exhibit (IMHO) was Vermin Death Star by David Falconer.

Its made entirely from around 17,500 dead rats.

as you can see from this close-up.


Thanks again Rick

Another thank you to Rick Wagner who wrote a flattering post on his excellent blog. Read it here


Thanks Rick

Got this review for the book on waterstones.com from a Mr Rick Wagner from Arizona.

A surprisingly broad survey

14 September 2011

This book teaches a surprisingly wide variety of tasks for the Android developer. Among the skills taught:

– Drawing your UI
– Making menus, context sensitive menus, shortcut keys and submenus
– Storing data on internal storage, external storage, the included SQLite database
– Detecting device orientation, using the accelerometer, detecting user gestures and the available sensors
– Communicating with the user through Alerts, progress bars, status bars and dialogues
– Adding graphics, rotating images, and using animation
– Playing audio files and recording video, audio and taking pictures
– Sending and receiving phone calls and SMS messages, using internet content
– Detecting the device location, using Google maps and other mapping skills

The format for each lesson is the same: Start with a new Eclipse project, add the bare minimum necessary to see the desired functionality.

I think this book will make a good reference for Android developers of all skill levels. Beginners should be prepared for a little online homework to flesh out ideas, as there is not a lot of theory here.

Thanks Rick.