Bitbucket

GitHub

GitHub (Photo credit: Irish Typepad)

For ages I have used and enjoyed source code management with Git and GitHub over the last year. With the GitHub plans it is only useful to a point because to host private repositories you need to pay for a subscription. Where as with Bitbucket, “Unlimited private/public Git code hosting, totally free”. I was surprised by how much I like and enjoy their product offering, it really took me back with is simplicity and attractiveness. Don’t get me wrong I still love GitHub and any project that I want to be publicly available will be going up there. But I cannot complain with free Git hosting, now can I.

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I thoroughly enjoyed setting up my Git Repos last night, it took no time at all! I take my hat off to the guys who develop Bitbucket they have made a quality App. It is quite simple to set up and what you need is where you want it in a very attractive way. Its so easy to get going, obviously I have no problem with the free service and boy is it effective! GitHub has its place for my joint projects but Bitbucket is where I’ll be keeping my private code.

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Supercharged Hello World Android

Why try Android?

I have decided to start developing for Android, simply because of numbers and demand. I know that the Android user base has grown to an unignorable size. I have well and truly gotten sick of hearing, “No I can’t download your app, because I have android”. So to cut my teeth on Android I decided to make a complex rendition of Hello World that uses all Multi View/Page Navigation, List View and Data Storage. So I’ve been using Google’s Android Studio, and thoroughly enjoying the development experience.

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The App

With my previous programming experience, and specifically iOS development learning Android, isn’t so much learning something new, but more re-applying my knowledge to a new system. But there are a few key differences between Android and iOS the first one that I encountered was the way that Android handles views and navigation, or should I say Activities. So getting the ability to go between screens was an important problem to conquer.

Then once I had Multiple Activities operational, I had the great difficulty of getting a ListView to work, I estimate that I followed 4 different tutorials on how to do ListViews in Android before I finally got an Activity displaying listed content. Once I had a Data Controller operation and one of the buttons adding timestamps to the end of my list I decided to investigate storage and keeping the data between Application loads.

In the end I fixed all the problems and got my super charged Hello World operating as it should, now all I have todo is start on some apps that will be actually useful to users.

Bootstrap 3.0

I have been loving using Bootstrap in my projects, so of course a new update just makes it cooler!

What is Bootstrap?

Bootstrap is a handy frame work that sits on top of your html and CSS and makes it look as it should across the board. Its gives it a clean attractive style off the bat, and a bunch of really handy tools that just make developing for the web so much easier. I think after using bootstrap a little, that I will be building projects in it for a long time.

Some of the Cool new toys:

  • Sizeable div spans: Its really handy having the ability to change the size of , in 3.0 the way it handles div sizes has completely changed and is now much better.
  • Icons: the new way you do icons with fontawesome.io.
  • Styling: The default style has been completely revamped and the new one is really nice.

I will definately be using Bootstrap 3.0 in all my new projects, the changes and refinements are quite welcome.