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  • Posted on: Sun, 10/13/2013 - 18:53

    Today on my way to Dunkin Donuts, I noticed the Bx19 bus stop had information on Bus Time, which can be accessed by going to mta.info/bustime.  I always wanted to create a Mobile App that included this information, but never knew if the MTA had an API for this information.  After going to the website, lo and behold, there was an API for it.

    It has been nearly two years since I last worked on a Mobile App.  My first application for Android, Flixplorer, served two purposes: 

    1.  Learning experience:  This was the first mobile application I have ever created.  It took a huge amount of time for me to figure out the ins and outs of how to create an application for Android using the SDK.  One of the biggest hurdles was trying to figure out how to standardize the User Interface in such a way to give it a modern and friendly UI.  This was a challenge at the time because Android was at version 2.3 for must users.  It wasn't until 4.0 where Android has introduced the Holo theme which in itself boosted the UI experience across the board for applications.
    2. Problem solving: In most cases, an application is a means to solve a problem.  At the time of development, Flickr did not have an application at all for Android devices.  Additionally, it was used as a one stop shop for constant innovation ideas since the landing screen was the Explored photos of Flickr.  One of the best features of the application was easy access to all of the groups of your photos.

    Unfortunately, the last update was November of 2011.  There were still issues with Force Closes that I was never able to get around to fixing.  They were due to memory issues and garbage collecting.  Also, I tried my best to make the application backwards compatible with all versions of Android.  This later became a stab in the foot because I was unable to take advantage of the new and improved features of Ice Cream Sandwhich and beyond.

    With that said,  I am still waiting for my Developer Key to be sent so I can get back into the game of Mobile Development once more.  Stay tuned for more update.

  • Posted on: Sun, 09/15/2013 - 19:28
  • Posted on: Mon, 08/05/2013 - 21:03

    My new site is officially launching today, though I will continue to make modifications and improvements over the course of time.  My last site was developed using Zenfolio, which is great for a photography site, but I felt that it lacked the true customization of a true CMS platform.  Of course me being a Web Developer, I always strive to work myself into the latest trends, as well as to have a taste of different platforms.  So I chose Drupal.

    Why did I choose Drupal?  I wanted to go with something open source, that had a good community following + developer base, as well as scalability and flexibility.  I already had experience in Joomla and WordPress, so I wanted to have some Drupal experience under my belt.

    As a kicker, I decided to use Parallax on the home page with a few images to give an artsy effect and introduction.  It is still in the process of being tweaked, and have just disabled it for mobile devices due to issues with certain devices.  I do however plan to go back and get it working soon however for Mobile Devices.

     

  • Posted on: Fri, 07/05/2013 - 20:26

    Definitely one of my favorite sites in Paris, The Louvre.  You must dedicate at least two days to fully appreciate it.

  • Posted on: Sun, 05/12/2013 - 22:24

    On my way to the Grand Canyon, I was able to take this wonderful shot of Lake Mead.

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