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Developing for Android Using Eclipse

Smashing Magazine LogoSmashing Magazine just keeps coming up with great stuff.   This time they’ve got a beginners tutorial on how to develop for Android using Eclipse, XML and Java.

Starting with an introduction by way of “Why Develop for Android”, it takes the user through installing the development environment Eclipse and the Android SDK, before setting up the Android Virtual Device, so that would-be developers can test their applications without actually loading them onto a phone.

The article proceeds to build a simple tea timer application by first creating the interfaces in XML, then linking code and listening for events in Java.  Before you know it, you’ve a working Android app.  Coffee drinkers will just have to go with the flow.

I’ve never developed for Android, though I used to tinker with C on Sun Sparcstations, but I had this all up-and-running within an hour, and that included downloading and installing the software.

I know that HP Palm’s WebOS is very similar especially with their Ares app builder, but I’ve no idea about developing for Apple’s iOS.  Regardless, it’s clear that the barrier to entry for mobile application development is now extremely low.

(On a completely different note, I imagine that Smashing Magazine will very shortly have their November wallpapers /backgrounds available for download.)

Hide what you want in Facebook

Working on Facebook everyday, I have been noticing more and more friends using the applications. They may be fun and enjoyable, but today I pulled up the program and about 75% of the posts were either Garden requests, quizes, high scores on some game or another program that bluntly, I just don’t care about.

I stopped using applications when Facebook changed their site around last year. I have a couple applications, like a birthday one and the origninal Hugs app, but that’s pretty much it.

The best part about this version of Facebook is that I can hide certain things. If someone is posting too much, I can hide it. If someone is being annoying, I can hide it (luckily I didn’t have to do that yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve been hidden simply because of how I use Facebook).

Nonetheless, I can not only hide a person, I can also hide an application. Here is how you do it.

First, go down to the post in question. Place the mouse cursor on the right side and you will see a “HIDE” option.

A Facebook application
A Facebook application

When you see the “HIDE” option, hover over. It will give you options to hide the user or hide the application. In this case, I want to hide the “Sunshine Garden” app.

Hide the App
Hide the App

Once I select, the application is forever hidden – at least I would hope it is.

The only 2 downfalls to this:

  1. I have to do this process on every new program that comes across. Therefore it’s a constant battle. I really would like to see Facebook make a “Hide all notifications from applications” option.
  2. If I am accessing from an iPhone, I do not have an option to hide things. However, the newer version of Facebook for iPhone has set it so if you hide it on the webpage, it will hide it on the iPhone app. The previous version didn’t, so I had to endure with all those posts.

I emplore Facebook to look at these options. I am not an application user. I want to be informed on what people are doing. I don’t want to miss some good information simply because some people are tending to their underground garden or are virtually drinking heavilly.

After all, what fun is that?

Linux Standards Set

The Free Standards Group announced this morning the availability of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) 2.0, an essential component for the long-term market success of Linux. By ensuring a common, agreed-upon standard from which Linux applications may be developed, the LSB supports Linux developer’s competition with Microsoft and its Windows operating system.

The Free Standards Group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards. The Linux Standard Base, one of the organization’s projects, helps to prevent divergence in Linux development and the potential for conflicting Linux distributions: applications written for one Linux distribution should, if the LSB is followed, work on all distributions.

Dave’s Opinion
The Linux Standard Base specification contains a base set of APIs, libraries and interoperability standards. These are the fundamental tools necessary to create an industry-wide Linux standard. This is the right way to develop an operating system.

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