Working with Android Shape Drawables

Recently I’ve been working with Shape Drawables in Android and have found them to be quite handy to utilize for certain areas of your Android UI. Shape drawables are basic shapes that you can define using XML. They’re useful for many reasons: They ‘just work’ with multiple device densities. No need for bitmap resources, whichContinue reading “Working with Android Shape Drawables”

Android Developers: Take the Low-End Device Challenge

As a developer I’ve always been lucky enough to┬áhave access to fast, high-end devices that provide the best experience that you can get with Android. Recently I’ve been using a low-end device to see what things are like on the other side of the fence, and I’ve learned quite a few lessons that I thinkContinue reading “Android Developers: Take the Low-End Device Challenge”

Android Apps, GPS, and Google Play

Here’s a little tip if your Android app makes use of location based services but doesn’t require them. We were getting a few emails from users that the app wasn’t available in Google Play on their devices. Most of the devices were more obscure tablets and low-end phones that didn’t have GPS functionality. It seemedContinue reading “Android Apps, GPS, and Google Play”

Taking the Metro: WordPress.com for Windows 8

Today Microsoft unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview at Mobile World Congress and demoed our new WordPress.com app during their presentation. I was able to be a part of a great team at Automattic (including MT and Stephane) that built the app. The app creates a beautiful reading experience for browsing the WordPress.com Freshly PressedContinue reading “Taking the Metro: WordPress.com for Windows 8”

How to Get an NSDate for a Specific Day of Week and Time from an Existing NSDate

Worst Post Title ever! This one took me a bit to figure out so I thought I’d post it in case anyone else out there had troubles. I wanted to get an NSDate for a specific day of the week and time from an existing NSDate object in order to create a countdown timer. ThisContinue reading “How to Get an NSDate for a Specific Day of Week and Time from an Existing NSDate”